'Diamond in the Dirt' tells the story of Robbie Chapman, the Camden Caretaker, a unique character in boxing who rose to fame. The journey is almost always the same: starting from the bottom, trying the best to rise through the ranks, and eventually becoming what one always wishes to be. These heartwarming stories are always great examples of what happens when you put your heart and soul into what you are doing and never try to fake it until you make it, as the saying goes.
Hussain Mohamed Hassan and Sean Kardar created an excellent short documentary, focusing on the technical specs to make everything look as sharp as possible. What struck us the most was how well the editing was done, with sharp cuts and fast-paced shots building throughout Chapman's monologue. Even though the information may not seem life-changing initially, when inserted in this visual context, all the words are infused with meaning and power. It's hard not to feel empowered when you see how determined Chapman is, bringing out the beast in the viewer.
The balance between the narrative and the score is beautiful, maintaining the full flavor of both without overly exaggerating either of them. Let us explain: in such situations, you may be tempted to insert an explosive soundtrack to pump more energy into the story, but in doing so, you may overhype something that ends up being just a regular story with no further implications. Here, the balance is set perfectly, allowing the viewer to experience the best of both worlds. Hussain Mohamed Hassan and Sean Kardar planned everything to grow organically, leaving the climax in the viewer's heart at the appropriate moment near the end.
'Diamond in the Dirt' serves as a powerful reminder that a six-minute documentary can encompass everything you need to know about a great boxer.
Written by Vlad A. G