Private Project

From Senegal to Wisconsin: The Power of Taekwondo

6th Taekwon-do degree black belt Mathiam Mbow grew up in Senegal, and came to the United States in 1997 with a dream to improve his life. His childhood was defined by challenges overcome with tenacity, drive, and hard work.

Mr. Mbow is now a business owner, community leader, and instructor to hundreds of students. Please join him, his family, and his community to watch his remarkable story and learn how Taekwon-do changed his life and explore how the power of the American dream still resonates in a time of tragically peak polarization in the United States.

  • Jeffrey Paul Nosanov
  • Arthur Kohl-Riggs
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  • Runtime:
    35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jeffrey Paul Nosanov

Jeff has lived in half a dozen states in the USA and is always looking for an inspiring and positive story to tell. He is interested in global, historic themes, ideally explored through the lens of a life story.

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Director Statement

Since arriving in the Madison, WI area he has met several fascinating people. Among the most surprising and inspiring is Mr. Mathiam Mbow, whose martial arts journey brought him from Louga, Senegal to Madison, WI.