Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

A Fighting Heart


Year: 2012
Country: IRELAND
Run Time: 57 minutes

A Fighting Heart

No one expected Johnny Kilbane to become a champion boxer. As a scrawny youngster, he sang and danced and dreamed of being an actor or gymnast. He worked hard from an early age as a switchboy on the railroad, supporting his family after his dad went blind. But when he witnessed his first boxing match as a teen, everything changed for Kilbane. He was mesmerized by it. And he realized the profits it could yield. On the spot he knew what he needed to do. Years later, after winning the championship fight against Abe Attell in 1912, Kilbane became a hero to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The Irish immigrant community in which he was raised beamed with pride. Kilbane's determined spirit continued on long after his days in the ring as he also went on to have a successful career in local politics. A FIGHTING HEART is an inspiring story about a man who never sold himself short, even if the odds weren't always in his favor. – E.F.

A Fighting Heart

CIFF37 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Screening @ Capitol Theatre

Monday, April 08, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Local Heroes Competition

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Director Bio
Des Kilbane is a documentary filmmaker from West Region, Ireland. Besides directing, he's also worked as a camera man on films like "The Gentleman Prizefighter," which was narrated by Liam Neeson.

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This film is presented with the generous support of ANNIE and MIKE HANKS

Film Sponsors

Collins & Scanlon LLP

Community Partners

Cleveland Public Library

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