Young Wrestlers (Genç Pehlivanlar) directed by Mete Gümürhan (2016, 90 min.).
This documentary chronicles the struggles and triumphs of 26 boys at Amasya Wrestling Centre Boarding School. They are comrades and competitors, united by one dream: Olympic gold. In their wrestling academy in the Turkish province of Amasya, they undergo strength and endurance training, they learn lifts and throws, they urge each other on, and they console one another. Always responding to the boys’ needs, the trainers give the boys tough love, sometimes fatherly, sometimes strict and disciplinary. The film’s intimate documental camera bears close witness to the fine line between friendship and competition, victory and the lesson of how to lose.
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