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Filmmaker Tom Haramis' documentary about MMA and BKF fighter Bec Rawlings is a 'beacon of hope'

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Greek Australian Tom Haramis will present his documentary about fighter Rebecca “Bec” Rawlings to Australian audiences next May, telling her story from her difficult youth and personal life to becoming a world champion.

The documentary Fight To Live hits Australian cinemas on May 15 and chronicles Bec Rawlings' life as she overcomes terrible lows and achieves great heights.

Rawlings has made a name for herself as a professional fighter, competing in the UFC and (more broadly) mixed martial arts, but most notably in bare-knuckle fighting (in which participants do not wear protective gloves or pads of any kind). established their reputation.

Rawlings is a former World Gazette Bare Knuckle Fighting World Champion, but behind her fighting success also lies a tragic, difficult experience with her abusive now-husband.

Tom Haramis. Photo: Haramis Films Facebook

Haramis expressed in his statement about the film that her experiences with domestic violence and her reaction to it played an important role in him taking on the project.

“At its core, the film conveys a powerful message for those caught in the harrowing grip of domestic violence, their families and survivors of sexual harassment, psychological and physical abuse, including people with disabilities,” Haramis said.

The director stated his belief that this film would be a “beacon of hope” for those suffering from similarly horrific domestic situations.

“Fight to Live sends the clear message that your voice matters, your life matters and you have the power to stand up for what is right.

“This film is a powerful testament with profound messages for those trapped in domestic situations and their abusers, some of whom may be in denial or unaware of their actions,” said the filmmaker.

The documentary's director and producer explained that its title symbolizes Rawlings' life, which demonstrated “true physical and mental strength, change, hope, love, courage, adversity, happiness and triumph.”

Bec Crawford in Tom Haramis' documentary Fight to Live. Photo: Supplied

“Fight to Live reflects Bec’s life journey, from toxic relationships to global professional struggles, while supporting her two sons Zake and Enson,” he said.

“In essence, Fight to Live is a universal narrative, it lies within all of us.”

Haramis hopes his documentary will help educate people about the issue of domestic violence, encourage people in abusive situations to seek help, and reduce the stigma surrounding the issue overall.

“Fight to Live is not only my first feature film documentary, it is a project close to my heart. It deepened my understanding of the experiences of victims and survivors,” he said.

“While we may not be able to save the entire world, through Bec's story we can raise awareness and prevent crimes like this by keeping the conversation and the spotlight firmly 'in the ring' and 'center stage.'

The film also touches on other universal themes such as the struggle to find one's place in the world, using the backdrop of her discovery of professional fighting as an example of how one finds one's calling.

“(The documentary) traverses diverse backgrounds, showcases high-profile international athletes and immerses audiences in the world of UFC and MMA, a sport closely linked to the life of Bec Rawlings.

The film has already been received very positively, winning awards such as the Best Inspirational Film award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2023. It will now be released to the wider Australian audience.