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New Jersey’s own Jesselyn “JessZilla” Silva is a 3x national boxing champion with her sights set on being the best in the sport. Her father, Pedro, navigates what it means to support his daughter’s dreams in an extremely dangerous sport. As Jesselyn is on the cusp of making the Olympic team, an unthinkable diagnosis redefines what it means to fight. Based upon the short that wowed Montclair Film Festival audiences, Emily Sheskin’s JESSZILLA is a powerful, moving coming-of-age story about proving to yourself that you have what it takes to be a champion.
Q&A with director Emily Sheskin to follow both screenings.
This Screening is Co-Presented by
New Jersey Films Competition
Jesselyn “JessZilla” Silva