Director: Alessandro Cassigoli & Casey Kauffman
2018 | Italy | 80m
GENRE: Documentary | Drama | Lesbian | Sports
SECTION: Documentary | Showcase
Expected Guests: Director Casey Kauffman


From age 12, Irma ‘The Butterfly’ Testa dreamed of winning Olympic boxing gold. When talent and dedication earn her a spot on the national team in Italy, she leaves her home in one of the poorest, most crime-ridden neighborhoods in Naples to train. Though the isolation and distance weigh heavily, at age 18 Irma becomes the first Italian woman boxer to qualify for the Olympics—her dreams just within reach. But when the most pivotal fight of her life leaves her facing failure, Irma is deeply shaken, devastated by sacrifices made to pursue now-broken dreams.

Back home, Irma is faced with challenges in every aspect of life. Initially determined to erase her boxing years, she draws closer to her friends and family; but the steady influence of her coach slowly pulls her back towards the ring. Torn between conflicting desires, Irma battles to find balance on a winding path back to herself. In this intimate portrait of a talented young woman grappling with a loss of self, Irma’s expressive introspection is beautifully captured, leaving us rooting for her success, wherever her heart leads.


Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP

Federation of Gay Games

  • Language: In Italian with English subtitles. ASL Interpreter present.
  • Premiere Status: US