( Une vie de combats )

Rayhane Chikhoun
2021 - 52 min - Video Ultra HD - Couleur - France

Youcef Zenaf - known as "ZEF" - is my hero. Star of full-contact, unbeatable world champion of his generation, he rocked the nights of my childhood through the stories of my father. A fallen hero, a fatal fight plunged him 40 days into a coma from which he came out paralyzed, broken…
Today, Youcef Zenaf is my friend. At 63, the old coach trains fighters in a small boxing room in Saint-Chamond. I follow him in his daily life, on the streets where people stop him to greet him, at the physiotherapist where he continues his rehabilitation, in his family where we share a good meal.
Thirty years after his last fight, Zef will meet for the first time Christian Battesti, the boxer who made him handicapped.

Author-Director : Rayhane Chikhoun
Photography : Boubkar Benzabat
Sound : Vincent Brunier
Editing : Xavier Lafontaine
Original Music : Romain Paillot
Delegate Producer : La Casquette Productions
Broadcasting Co-producer : France 3 Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Contribution : CNC. COSIP, Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, Sacem, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Crowdfunding : Ulule


Distributor : La Casquette Productions