Luchadoras © Tumult Film

Documentary, Germany, Mexico 2021
92 min.

Directors:  Paola Calvo & Patrick Jasim
Screenplay:  Patrick Jasim, Paola Calvo, Phillip Kaminiak
Cinematography: Patrick Jasim
Editing: Gines Olivares
Film Score:  Lonski & Classen
Cast: Lady Candy, Mini Sirenita, Baby Star 
Producer: Phillip Kaminiak
Production: Tumult Film GmbH, Berlin
Rating: 18+
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

The film is an intimate portrait of three courageous female wrestlers (Luchadoras) from Ciudad Juarez. Despite being surrounded by machismo they redefine the image of women in Mexico. The short statured Mini Serinita’s dream is to become a full time Luchadora and leave the factory work that disenfranchises so many women for good. Lady Candy can see the US Border from her house. Her daughters were taken to the US, but due to visa regulations she cannot cross the border to see them. Baby Star is a young single mother with a Lucha Libre childhood past. She is looking to make a comeback. With Mexican passion they present a new image of what it means to be a woman in Mexico.

PAOLA CALVO is a Venezuelan born Director and DoP. The feature length Documentary "Violently Happy" was her graduation film at dffb, Berlin. She received the National Prize for Cinematography at IFFF 2017 for it, and was nominated for the Michael Ballhaus Camera Prize at the prestigious First Steps Film Awards.

PATRICK JASIM is a Director and DoP. His DoP feature debut STUBBORN BOY was screened at Berlinale Film Festival 2015. The documentary HELMUT BERGER, MY MOTHER AND ME he shot as a DoP premiered at the prestigious “Max Ophüls Prize“ and was screened in German cinemas in 2019.

Films like 'Luchadoras' go beyond the cinematic art form and become something far larger and more important than just being art. It is a humanistic truth being expressed and valued.

Carson Timar, awardswatch


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