As obsessed as I am with Mickey Rourke’s performance in The Wrestler, a group of indigenous, multilayered skirt-wearing female wrestlers in Bolivia tops that by, like, 100 percent. I’m talking about the documentary Fighting Cholitas, by producers Mariam Jobrani, Kenny Krauss, Teresa Deskins, which has already won several film festival awards and is available on DVD today. It tells the story of five Cholitas, or wrestlers, who jump into the ring every Sunday in their traditional clothing to entertain the crowd with lucha libre acrobatics. Along the way, they push the limits of their machista culture and symbolically fight oppression.
Jobrani says she wasn't even a fan of wrestling at first, but was inspired by an article in the New York Times about the Cholitas that she read back in 2005. She felt that she just had to go to Bolivia to find out what they were all about. To be honest, this doc has me thinking I need to make a trip down there myself. That and Evo Morales's recent compelling op-ed for the NYT.