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My Fight

My Fight tells the story of Stephanie Ramirez, a young Youtube personality who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma cancer. This documentary brings attention to a difficult decision-making process that most of us would prefer not to think about. My Fight presents these implications in the flesh as we follow Stephanie, through this journey. It is a raw view into the world of a woman not only coping with cancer at a very young age but also learning to accept her new body image after losing a limb to this illness.

At the age of 21, Stephanie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. After a painful round of chemotherapy, Stephanie discovered her battle was not over and her left leg was amputated to save her life.

The film follows Stephanie for one year as her world is turned upside-down and she faces the possibility of death in her early twenties. Through her experience, we see how young individuals handle everyday pressures and how the human spirit evolves when it is pushed into extreme circumstances in life.

My Fight also presents how the demands of this grueling illness can affect and impact every member of the family. As the Ramirez family unites to battle cancer without health insurance or many financial resources, we see how the power of love can create stronger bonds between individuals.

  • Daniel Montoya
  • Daniel Montoya
  • Elizabeth Hong
  • Daniel Montoya
  • Stephanie Ramirez
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    observational, human interest, intimate, personal story, biography
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 13, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    49,950 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    HD 1080p
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Director Biography - Daniel Montoya

In his role as producer and director, Daniel has collaborated with 500 fortune companies.
He possesses international experience in the field of video production and post production. In 2004, he earned his BA degree in Audiovisual Media with emphasis on Cinema Production and Direction from the Politecnico Grancolombiano University in Bogotá, Colombia.
His latest work a documentary titled "My Fight" is a story about a woman coping with osteosarcoma, as she learns to accept her new body image. The film was completed in 2015. Currently Daniel is producing the documentary project: “From The Shadows”, a three part episode, TV documentary that focuses on the life and work of a local Texan psychic medium.
He's also part of the international film group CollabFeature and they will be releasing their second feature: "Train Station" in 2016.
In 2011 he co-directed "Mercury Undercover" with his partner and wife Elizabeth Hong, an investigation-science documentary that acquired an exclusive educational distribution license and was later released in DVD and can be viewed through different digital platforms nowadays.
Daniel’s other films include "Closure Problem", an experimental short film that was filmed in Bogotá, Colombia and won an Honorable Mention award in 2005 at the Santa Fé de Antioquia Film Festival in Colombia.
In 2004 Montoya began his career as director producer in his hometown for National Channel Señal Colombia. Since then, he has produced and directed numerous commercial spots, short factual video content and documentaries.
For him, film has always been a passion. When Daniel is not filming or editing, he is watching movies.
He currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and pets.

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Director Statement

My Fight is a film that touched my heart deeply. Meeting Stephanie, learning about her and documenting her experience showed me the vulnerability of being human and the joy that all simple things in life can bring to you, the value of family and the desperate need to dream and create the best life you can each day.