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Ciudad Juárez in Mexico is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, especially if you are a woman. Young women are raped, killed or kidnapped on almost a daily basis, and the town is wallpapered with posters of abducted girls.

To protect themselves, build self-confidence, and as an escape from reality, more and more girls and ladies in the city have taken up wrestling. And we mean the full package: Colourful masks, powerful costumes, and bad ass fighting. We follow Lady Candy, Baby Star and Mini Sirentia in their wrestling careers while also gaining a powerful insight into life as a woman in the deadly city outside of the wrestling ring.

This is a documentary that will engage your full range of emotions, and it is guaranteed to be both a talking point and a thought provoker to many.

Kathinka Wang

Director

Paola Calvo (b. 1981) is a Venezuelan director and cinematographer, who has collaborated with German director and cinematographer Patrick Jasim on Luchadoras. Calvo and Jasim have both studied and worked with film in Berlin. Luchadoras premiered at SXSW this year and it won both the Audience Award, the Jury Award and the FIPRESCI Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in 2021.

This film is part of

Doc:South

Original title Luchadoras

Country Mexico

Year 2021

Director Paola Calvo & Patrick Jasim

Screenplay Paola Calvo, Patrick Jasim, Phillip Kaminiak

Cinematography Patrick Jasim

Producer Phillip Kaminiak

Cast Lady Candy, Baby Star, Little Star, Mini Sirenita, Miss Kath

Production Company Tumul Film

Distribution Rise & Shine

Runtime 1h 33m

Language Spanish

Subtitles English

Genre Documentary

Format DCP

Age limit 12

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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