In Mexico, Lucha Libre rivals soccer in popularity and has been a beloved national pastime since the early 1900’s when masked men first came to embody the struggle between good and evil in the ring. Women eventually fought their way into the sport – defying resistance from their male “luchador” counterparts and cultural expectations of femininity. Luchadora follows Luna Mágica – an aging professional Lucha Libre Wrestling star who dreams of becoming World Wrestling Champion while struggling to make ends meet as a single mom in Mexico City and regain custody of her son who was taken by her estranged husband who claims she is unfit to be a mother because of her profession as a Lucha Libre Wrestler. Luchadora shines light into the fascinating sub-culture of professional female Lucha Libre Wrestling in Mexico and explores issues of gender and power through Luna’s “lucha” both in and out of the ring. It is a universal story about following a dream and fighting for what you love most.
About the Filmmaker:
Before becoming a filmmaker, River spent many years in Latin America as a public health expert. With an appreciation for good storytelling and strong women characters, River left her day job and started making films. She is a Director/Producer with Think Out Loud Productions.