A Winning Girl

Teshya Alo is 16 years old and 125 pounds. But on the judo and wrestling mats, she throws women twice her age and pounds heavier. And she beats boys. Now, she has her sights set on taking gold at both the judo and wrestling world championships–and eventually the Olympics. But it won’t be easy.

She is younger and less experienced than her opponents. She trains from Hawaii and the cost to travel tomainland and international tournaments drains her family’s resources. She’s a student at a private school for Native Hawaiians. And she’s going through puberty.

A WINNING GIRL (formerly titled THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL) follows the four-year journey of this part-Polynesian female teenage judo and wrestling phenomenon from Hawaii and her family, and in doing so tells the dynamic story of an elite athlete on her ascent, a girl facing the challenges of growing up and an entire family dedicated to a single dream.


The film is currently in post-production, with completion expected by the end of 2014.

Major funding was received from Pacific Islanders in Communications, the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation and the Atherton Family Foundation.

Please read below to find out how you can support the project and help us complete the film.


The film has fiscal sponsorship through Women Make Movies,a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the nation’s premier source for the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films by and about women.

Thus, donations to the film are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and can be made via check or credit card (Visa or Mastercard…sorry we cannot accept American Express).

To donate online via credit card, go to Women Make Movies’ website and follow the instructions there:


To donate with a check or credit card via mail/email, please do the following:

1) Click here for the DONATION FORM as a pdf

2) Print and fill out the “Donation Form” on the bottom of page 1

3) Print and fill out the “Women Make Movies Fiscal Sponsorship Contribution Confirmation Form” on page 2 if your donation is $250 or more

4) Send in the form(s), along with your check (if applicable) to the mailing address below. You can also just email us the information as an attachment or in the body of an email (however, for donations of $250 or more, you must also email the Contribution Confirmation Form on Page 2).

Making Waves Films LLC
P.O. Box 161236
Honolulu, HI  96816

Email:  makingwavesfilms@yahoo.com

Checks should be made out to Women Make Movies with “A Winning Girl” written on the memo line.

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