WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Paola Calvo & Patrick Jasim DOP Patrick Jasim GENRE Documentary LENGTH 90 minutes FORMAT 2K / 4K ORIGINAL LANGUAGE Spanish LOCATION Ciudad Juarez – Mexico PRODUCTION TUMULT PRODUCER Phillip Kaminiak CO-PRODUCER Ingmar Trost CO-PRODUCTION Sutor Kolonko & ZDF Das Kleine Fernsehspiel ASSOCIATE PRODUCER NoFiccion SUPPORTED BY BKM, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, DFFF, Filmstiftung NRW COMPOSER AND MUSIC SUPERVISION Lonski & Classen EDITOR Gines Olivares

Ciudad Juarez, the “Murder City”, claims thousands of victims every year as drug cartels clash with government forces in the so called “War on Drugs”. The city also coined the term “femicide” in Mexico and is the epicenter of a wave of murder and hate crimes on women throughout the country in which the culprits hardly ever get caught. The film is an intimate portrait of three courageous female wrestlers (Luchadoras) from Juarez who, despite being surrounded by machismo and in constant danger both, in the ring, and in their daily life’s, fight to redefine the image of what it means to be a woman in Mexico.
The short statued Mini Serinita, who’s biggest dream is to become a full time Luchadora and leave the factory work that disenfranchises so many women in Juarez for good. Lady Candy, who can see the U.S. side of the border, where her daughters were taken, from the window of her house but due to visa regulations can never cross it. And Baby Star, the young single mother who was a Lucha Libre Star at an early age and now makes her way to a come back. With Mexican passion they present an image of being woman that is strong, loud and confident. They are Luchadoras, female fighters in Mexican wrestling, known as Lucha Libre.


Spring 2022


SXSW • Women+Film Colorado • Milwaukee FF • Oak Cliff FF • Indie SF • AFI Docs • Thessaloniki Doc FF • North Bend FF • Documentaries From The Edge • New Haven FF • Films By The Sea FF • Nottingham IFF • Reykjavik FF • Media Festival Skopje • Hot Springs DFF • Invonvenient Films • Cinemassi FF • Seminci • Leeds IFF • One World Slovakia • EQUIS • Loft Film Fest • Los Cabos IFF • Films From The South • Gulf German Film Festival • FILMAR • CUFF • German Films Moscow • Women’s Worlds Film Festival


• FIPRESCI Critics Prize  at  Thessaloniki TIFF
• ​​Special Jury Award at Thessaloniki TIFF
• Audience Award at Thessaloniki TIFF
• Best Documentary Film at Hofer Filmtage
• Audience Award at Valladolid International Film Festival Seminci
• ​​Best Director at Nottingham NIFF
• ​​Best Doc Feature at Nottingham NIFF


• Films by the Sea International Film Festival
• Reykjavik International Film Festival
• Valladolid International Film Festival

• Shortlisted for the German Film Award 2023



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