FIFEQ/KINO FILM FESTIVAL/FLATPACK FILM FESTIVAL/INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WALES/WALES INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
Rounds is an ethnography of masculine identity in a boxing club in Newport South Wales. The film represents a sensory immersion into the more everyday, mundane space of the gym, concentrating on the intense structures and rhythms of a training session that over time shape the pugilist’s sense of self. In doing so, it investigates a simple premise; what are the incentives for taking a punch to the face?
‘[A sociology of boxing] must grasp boxing through its least known and least spectacular side: the drab and obsessive routine of the gym workout, of the endless and thankless preparation, inseparably physical and moral, that preludes the all-too-brief appearances in the limelight, the minute and mundane rites of daily life in the gym that produce and reproduce the belief feeding this very peculiar corporeal, material, and symbolic economy that is the pugilistic world’
Loïc Wacquant, Body and Soul, 2003
The full written ethnography is available here