“Looks Russian, prays Jewish, fights black” is the gruff, predictably poetic way a trainer has described Dmitriy Salita, the 25-year-old Orthodox prizefighter who won’t beat his opponents senseless if it’s after sundown on Friday. Jason Hutt’s endearing profile finds the Ukrainian-born Brooklyn émigré in a thoughtful, expressive mood (outside the ring). If Hutt’s documentary derives some easy humor from the clash between reverence and rage, it can be forgiven. While Jewish fighters have populated professional boxing for decades, none have seemed as publicly observant—or as promising—as Salita.
Friday January 25 2008
Cast and crew