She fought her way out. she fought her way up.
"It'll knock you out"
- New York Times
"...an inspiring portrait of 17-year-old boxer and Olympic gold medalist Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields."
- The Independent
"...ultimately about a remarkable and likeable young woman who finds herself amidst pressure from all sides"
- Video Librarian
Director: Zack Canepari & Drea Cooper
Runtime: 86 minutes
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GENRES: Documentary, Sports, African American Studies, Poverty Studies
T-REX is an intimate coming-of-age story about a new kind of American heroine. For the first time ever, women's boxing is included in the 2012 Olympics. Fighting for gold from the U.S. is Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, just 17 years old, and by far the youngest competitor. From the hard knock streets of Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated and utterly confident. Her fierceness extends beyond the ring. She protects her family at any cost, even when their instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream. Claressa does have one stable force in her life. Coach Jason Crutchfield has trained her since she was just a scrawny 11 year old hanging out at his gym. Jason always wanted a champion, he just never thought it'd be a girl. Her relationships with her coach & her family grow tense as she gets closer to her dream. But Claressa is fierce and determined. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place and winning a gold medal could be her only chance.