‘Chico’ is a poignant short film capturing the extraordinary bond between Thom Harinck, a pioneer of kickboxing in the Netherlands, and his daughter, Jane. Seamlessly blending documentary and fiction, the film portrays ‘Chico’ – a codeword conceived by Thom, denoting the crucial final thirty seconds of a kickboxing round and now synonymous with the sport itself. The film highlights Jane’s struggle to honor her father’s legacy, confronting her fears while intensively preparing for the challenges of kickboxing. As the film approaches its own ‘Chico’ moment, Jane stands alone in the ring – a metaphorical depiction of her blossoming resilience and self-reliance. ‘Chico’ is an inspiring tale about growing up, fighting, and embracing life’s inevitabilities.



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