8th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
dir. Kimberlee Bassford, Hawaii, 68 min
Teshya Alo is 15 years old and 125 pounds, but on the judo and wrestling mats she beats women twice her age, who are more experienced and from heavier weight classes. She also beats boys. Now, she has her sights set on taking gold at both the judo and wrestling world championships. If she does, she’ll be the first and youngest athlete ever to win world championships in two different sports in the same year. But it won’t be easy.
Winning Girl follows the four-year journey of this part-Polynesian female teenage judo and wrestling phenomenon from Hawai‘i, and in doing so tells the dynamic story of an elite athlete on her ascent, a girl facing the challenges of growing up and an entire family dedicated to a single dream.