The Champion

Film Information

Location: Chicago, IL

Runtime: 18 min

Credits and Cast

Director: Patrick McGowan, Brett Garamella

Producer: Jeremiah Kipp

Editor: Patrick McGowan

Cinematographer: Patrick McGowan, Brett Garamella, Nathan McGarigal

Cast: Estaifan Shilaita, Bret Dougherty, Cecilia Rayo-Seibert, Courtney Kraus Zaya Khaya and Shilaita family.


Estaifan Shilaita risked everything to leave his home country of lraq and pursue his boxing dream. Although he dealt with tremendous¬†hardships on his journey to the United States, his unique personality and perspective, along with the connection he shares with his family, reveal why he is “The Champion.”
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