Conrad Anker, one of the true icons of rock climbing, has had more than a few brushes with his own mortality. Conrad’s latest challenge comes in partnering with novice climber and cancer survivor Alex Wildman to peak El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
In the remote, vast country of Mongolia , Bökh wrestling is king of all sports. Zac gets close to two fighters striving to rise out of anonymity and make their names on the national stage.
At San Quentin State Prison, baseball is an escape from the harsh conditions of life behind bars. Three men, at different stages of their journey as inmates, struggle to overcome their past mistakes and cope with the reality of an uncertain future.
Zac finds himself in Cambodia where they practice Khmer boxing, a free fighting sport for the young and the old.
St. Pauli is a district of Hamburg, Germany, that recently embraced over 400,000 refugees. At its heart is the soccer team FC St. Pauli, which sponsors a team of refugees, providing them a meaningful place in society and a sense of belonging.
Things get a little unconventional back in California when Zac discovers of the ancient martial art of Kali. Although designed strictly to kill – it’s been adopted by an unlikely club of fighters as a way to build one’s manhood in the heat of combat.
When it comes to sports, Gotham Chopra sees every game, practice, or match as an opportunity for compelling and entertaining storytelling. It’s not about who is the best or who wins, it’s about capturing the drama within every athlete’s path. From overcoming injuries to relishing in the struggle it takes to get up and practice each and every day, it’s filming those unscripted stories that keeps Gotham inspired to create and work in film.
In a recent interview with Hidden Remote, Gotham discusses his beginnings in the world of sports, what it’s like to interview influential athletes and leaders, and his inspiration for Why We Fight, his project for the go90 network, that dives into the world of boxing and martial arts and the individual motivations of those who step into the ring.
Told from the perspective of Los Angeles-based golden gloves champ and pro-boxer Zack Wohlman as he travels the world, Why We Fight chronicles the hard road a fighter must face to achieve greatness — or simply to defeat their own demons. Executive producers Chopra and UFC woman’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey are on a mission to explore a bigger question. What pushes a fighter to dedicate body, mind and spirit to a sport that can take everything and still ask for more? The answers are as different as the people who choose this punishing path. Read Gotham’s full interview with Hidden Remote hereto learn more about the genesis of Why We Fight, or watch it here. […]
Zac hits the Pro Wrestling circuit, and meets two radically different men – a pathologically shy giant with the body of a Greek God; and an unassuming weekend warrior who entertains huge crowds with shockingly bloody exploits.
In Amsterdam, Zac encounters his mirror image – a young kickboxer with world champion potential– whose self destructive streak could land him in jail before he ever makes it to the big time.