Official Selection MountainFilm 2021

Lion on the Mat

17 mins


Vietnamese-American Mai Nguyen is a single mother with a painful past. But when she steps on the jiujitsu mat, all her troubles melt away. “When I fight with people, I don’t feel the pain,” she says. This film follows Nguyen as she pours herself into training, juggling responsibilities and understanding herself through martial arts.

Colorado Premiere

Production Team

Asali Echols

Film Contact

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2021 Mountainfilm Festival.
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