Between Rings, a move starring Zambian female boxing sensation Esther Phiri has opened for public viewing at Fresh View cinemas in Lusaka.
Directed by Jessie Chisi and Salla Sorri, Between Rings is a story about Esther who traded marriage for a boxing career and being crowned seven time world welterweight champion.
Esther is torn between her family obligations & cultural expectations.Esther Phiri fought her way out of poverty to become Zambia’s most famous athlete and a symbol of female empowerment.Whilst most young women in her home town were busy planning weddings, Esther Phiri had other ideas – To stay single, be a professional boxer and complete the high school education that she abandoned when her family fell on hard times.
Her quick and meteoric rise to undefeated world champion took not only the boxing world by surprise but sent emotions fever pitch.But whilst the global press rushed to portray the
image of the strong and confident woman tagged ‘Zambia’s Million Dollar Baby’, in private, Esther slowly crumbled under the weight of her success.
Adulation and celebrity had increased on one hand but so had criticism, envy and expectations from her family and fans.
In the pursuit of independence from a husband, her global success had made her a symbol of hope and empowerment and a provider for her family and friends whose demands increased as Esther’s fortune grew.