LUCHADORAS (SXSW 21) – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The female wrestlers of the documentary Luchadoras have more to battle than just opponents in the ring. In Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where they live and work, it’s an achievement for women to stay alive. That’s no exaggeration, as directors Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim, make clear in the opening moments. Luchadora Lady Candy recalls harrowing tales her grandmother told of bus drivers taking women the wrong way and raping or killing them. So many women’s remains have turned up in the desert.

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