Bam Bam

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Bam Bam is a documentary story of a Muslim Lebanese migrant, Bianca ‘Bam Bam’ Elmir, with world-scale ambitions in the world of boxing. Bam Bam is suitable for viewing by students in Years 9–10 English, Health and Physical Education, and Media Arts.

Bianca has no ordinary childhood story. In 1985, she was kidnapped from her father, by her own mother and taken to Canberra, Australia. Her difficult adolescent years have resulted in a tumultuous mother-daughter relationship, and to prove herself, Bianca took up boxing.

This documentary tells the story of a woman who defies oppositions in a male-dominated sport, sets herself to achieve goals and overcome challenges within her environment, her family, and ultimately, herself.

Bam Bam would ask students to reflect on the following questions:

  • What were the oppositions that Bam Bam faced?
  • What do we learn from failure that we might not learn from winning?
  • Do you think we need to feel failure as part of our journey?

This documentary inspires students to take risks, to fight for their dreams and to prove that they can achieve them no matter what the barriers.

It is supported by an ATOM Study Guide.