<i>The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini</i> (2012), 90 min.

From 24 to 24 of February, 2015
( 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm )

The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini (2012), 90 min.

Jesse James Miller, dir.

Youngstown, Ohio, native Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini made his professional boxing debut in 1979. His father Lenny had been a top-ranked contender who lost his best chance at a championship when he was drafted into World War II. The younger Mancini was driven to win a world title for him, and in 1982, at age 21, he did. Six months later, when Mancini fought South Korean challenger Duk-koo Kim, he stopped Kim with a straight right hand, and immediately afterward, Kim lapsed into a coma from which he never awoke. Following Kim’s death, Mancini was never the same fighter. The Good Son tells the intertwined stories of the two fighters and documents an encounter between Mancini and Kim’s son, Jiwan.

Post-screening discussion led by Anthony Tamburri, Calandra Institute, Queens College, CUNY.

Calandra Italian American Institute