Preview Work-In-Progress Doc ‘Woman On Hold’ (On Esther Phiri – Zambian Boxing Champ)

Preview Work-In-Progress Doc 'Woman On Hold' (On Esther Phiri - Zambian Boxing Champ)

Check out this trailer for an upcoming feature documentary from co-directors Jessie Chisi and Salla Sorri, funded by the Finnish Film Foundation.

The film, currently in production, tells the intriguing story of Esther Phiri, a retired and undefeated boxing champion from Lusaka (Zambia), who holds numerous international boxing records/titles – impressive for someone who grew up in poverty, and with few prospects, in Lusaka, who gave birth to a daughter at just 15 years old, and who credits Laila Ali as an inspiration.

She eventually would become a household name herself, thanks to an illustrious boxing career, and would influence and inspire other young women.

Currently titled Woman On Hold, the film, a Durban Filmmart and Berlinale DocStation selection, is produced by Tahir AliyevAino HalonEnVictoria Thomas and the director, Jessie Chisi.

You can track its progress via its its Facebook page at

It’s current trailer is embedded below (something to watch for in the next 12 months):

Woman on Hold – Trailer from The Video Factory on Vimeo.

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Woman On Hold is a co-direction of two director, Sambian Jessie Chisi and Finnish Salla Sorri. Both of them have been doing this film now 4 years, since writing the script together.


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