A poster of 'I Rise' film Credit: Facebook/Borun Thokchom

Imphal: A documentary based on ace boxer Laishram Sarita Devi’s life titled ‘I Rise’ has won the ‘Best film on Woman, Outstanding Achievement Award’ at the Tagore International Film Festival (TIFF) held in West Bengal.

The 52-minute documentary which covers the life events of the eight-time Asian championship medalist is directed by the national award-winning filmmaker Borun Thokchom and is produced by Films Division Mumbai.

The film has already won best film on sports and best audiography at the 13th Manipur State Film Awards 2020.

TIFF is a monthly live screening international event. And each month, the world film industry specialists announce 20 officially selected films in various categories and selected one of those films as the ‘Best of the Category’ award.

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Born to a poor family in Thoubal district, Sarita Devi rose to fame when she bagged a bronze medal at the World Championship in 2005, a turning point in her boxing career.

In 2009, Sarita was awarded an Arjuna award for her significant achievements.

As per reports, the documentary highlighted the tell-all life story of a woman pugilist from Manipur; including one of the lowest ebb of her career which was the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. In the event, AIBA suspended her for the ‘disrespectful’ act when she refused to accept the bronze medal after protesting against the match decision.

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