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by Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman


When Irma Testa became Italy's first female boxer to qualify for the Olympics, the media descended on her without relent. Her story was simply too good to be true: a pretty, 18 year-old girl from one of Naples' most violent, Camorra-controlled neighborhoods who beat the odds and made history. Irma was portrayed as flawless and determined…she hid behind the facade and left for the Olympics. Her 78 year-old coach Lucio feared the pressure was too much and will never forget when she burst into tears mid fight in Rio de Janeiro. Irma returned to Italy without a medal and confused sense of herself. Her media crafted image was a lie and now that the spotlight is gone, Lucio is encouraging her to reflect. She has big decisions ahead of her. Is boxing really for her? Can she handle the pressure? Irma finally has the anonymity to chart her own course but feels she must first face the conflicts in her family and personal life so she can come to terms with herself and move forward again.

international title: Butterfly
original title: Butterfly
country: Italy
sales agent: CAT&Docs
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman
film run: 79'
release date: IT 4/04/2019
screenplay: Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman, Guido Iuculano
cinematography by: Giuseppe Maio
film editing: Giogiò Franchini, Alessandro Cassigoli
music: Giorgio Giampà
producer: Michele Fornasero
production: Indyca, RAI Cinema
backing: Piemonte Doc Film Fund (IT), Mibac (IT), MEDIA Creative Europe
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà
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