A single mother in her 30s turns to cage fighting to support her family.





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Allan Luebke's GLENA is the story of Glena Avila, a single mother in her 30's who decides to bank her future on a career as a mixed martial arts (MMA) cage fighter. Training night and day for her matches, Glena's total commitment throws her family into crisis, with her children needing her care and her time at her job conflicting with her rigorous workout schedule. But if she can give her all and continue to win her fights, she has a shot at the big time and a future as a professional athlete. Can Glena triumph?

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Everyone fights for something



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25 September 2014 (USA)  »

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Fight Dreams  »

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$10,000 (estimated)

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16:9 HD
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GLENA began in 2010 as a short film intended to require one month of filming and two months of editing. Eventually it became a feature film that required nearly four years of production. See more »

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One tough lady loves to fight
15 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this amazing film at SF Indie Doc Fest at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and had the pleasure of meeting Glena and her two charming children Angel and Annie. This film is their story not just about Glena and her MMA career, it is a look into the lives of this family that struggles with all the things that most families go through. Glena just also happens to be a MMA fighter "It's just her job" Annie pointed out during the Q & A. This is an absolute MUST SEE film!! Everyone should take the time to get to know Glena and her family. I must admit I had an incredible amount of anxiety during the fight scenes, they are intense. A very nice surprise is the amount of mutual respect that the women have for each other. One minute they are beating the crap out of each other and then when it's over they embrace and engage in some mutual admiration small talk. Just a wonderful film, GO SEE IT!!!!!

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