As a child, wrestling was the go to must watch TV on Saturdays. As a Hispanic child, wrestling wasn’t just WWE, it was Lucha Libre. Who didn’t love watching Carlito Colon? But when it came to true Lucha Libre you need to go back further than Carlito Colon and look behind the masks of the legendary masked wrestlers of Mexico.
A new documentary has recently been released called Lucha Mexico, that documents the spectacle that is Lucha Libre and has thrilled Mexican and Hispanic fans for decades. Born into the entertainment business, Lucha Mexico follows some of the most unique entertainers in Lucha Libre like ‘El 1000% Guapo’ Shocker, one of the most successful Luchadores of the modern era and his consuming need to always be in the ring. Along side his tag team partner American strength competitor Jon ‘Strongman; Andersen, these two become the guide for newcomers to working in the wrestling industry in Mexico. And although injuries and death eventually threaten to end their careers, this team of performers continue to push each other forward and search for what is try important in each of their lives.
Not the only two wrestlers featured in this documentary, Lucha Mexico also features a discussion with Blue Demon Jr and what his life has been like behind his mask. Other stories include that of Hijo Del Perro Aguayo and his choice to pursue a violent creative change and veterans Tony Salazar and Arkangel and their mission to teach the new generation the ways of Lucha Libre.
In a never before behind the scenes look at the lives of top Lucha Libre promoters and performers, Lucha Mexico gives the audience a powerful look at wresting Mexican style. Filmed over the course of four years, Lucha Mexico look at the triumphs and struggles of some of Mexico’s most favorite luchadores. According to the filmmakers Ian Markiewicz and Alexandria Hammond, ‘Lucha libre provides escapist fantasy that consistently grounds the amusement in an immediate funhouse reflection of reality. The inner-workings of Lucha, however, truly reveal what it takes to get by in modern Mexico. As Mexicans face difficult times, many turn to the sport that has been present all their lives, rooting for the rudos who take matters into their own hands, and cheering for the honorable triumphs of tecnicos.’ By making this film, Ian and Alexandria hope to give the rest of the world an insight and a deeper understanding of Mexican pop culture and the much needed release of the Mexican peoples’ daily lives that are plagued with poverty and violence that they receive when watching Lucha Libre matches broken down into its simplest form; Good vs Evil.
Lucha Mexico recently had its US premiere at DOC NYC (America’s largest documentary film festival )on November 5 and will also be available for viewing this Wednesday, November 18 at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas. For more information about viewing visit DOC NYC by clicking here or clicking here to purchase tickets. To learn more about Lucha Mexico visit their site at http://luchamexicofilm.com/ where you can stay up to date for additional release dates and locations. To view a teaser trailer just click on the video attached.