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by Natasha Arthy


The headstrong daughter of conservative Turkish immigrants in Copenhagen tries to meet her uneducated parents’ high expectations while remaining true to her private passion: the kung fu. Between familial duties and devotion to her sport, high-school student Aicha has little time for schoolwork, and certainly none for a boyfriend. Although her traditional father forbids it, Aicha joins an elite kung fu club run by a strict Chinese sifu who secretly admires her spunk. After advanced student Emil is ordered to practise with Aicha, the two gradually develop deeper feelings.

international title: Fighter
original title: Fighter
country: Denmark
sales agent: Delphis Films (CA)
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Natasha Arthy
screenplay: Natasha Arthy, Nikolaj Arcel
cast: Semra Turan, Nima Nabipour, Behruz Banissi, Cyron Bjørn Melville
cinematography by: Sebastian Winterø
film editing: Kasper Leick
art director: Peter de Neergaard
music: Frithiof Toksvig
producer: Johnny Andersen
production: Nimbus Film