Award of Merit – “Fayettenam” (USA)

Title: Fayettenam
Runtime: 9 min
Country: USA 
Director: Gerald Ding
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: June, 2019

Synopsis: After a violent army brat childhood in Fayetteville, Gianna Smith finds an outlet for her past through the combat sport Muay Thai and embarks on a bone breaking odyssey fighting in the rings of New York and Thailand, until she sets her sights on a world championship in Belarus. Throughout her adrenalized journey, Gianna endures the unimaginable as she pushes herself beyond the breaking point of most athletes and fighters, standing strong at just 105 lbs.