DCP - HD - 2015 - USA - 100 min - Color
Lucha Mexico (original title)
A film by Alexandria Hammond, Ian Markiewicz
In the center of sprawling Mexico City, hidden amongst auto repair shops, mom and pop taco stands and shuttered night clubs, lies the historic Arena Mexico. For most of the past century this unassuming venue has been the weekly home of Lucha Libre, a place where masked Luchadores entertain thousands of fans with displays of athleticism and acrobatics, and where some of the most exciting wrestling shows in the world are held. These tireless performers have always been at the direct service of the people, putting their lives on the line every night in epic battles between good and evil, presented with an extraordinary level of style and grace only found in Mexico.
Shot over the course of four years with full access to Mexico’s biggest Lucha Libre promotions, this is the most complete, intimate look at the lives and work of modern Luchadores ever realized. Filmmakers Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz capture their colorful world through modern verite techniques, giving viewers an exciting cinematic look at the triumphs and struggles of a cast of fan-favorites. As the country fights back against crime, corruption and economic crisis, the innocent catharsis of Lucha Libre is more sought after than ever. LUCHA MEXICO steps into the ring, pulls back the iconic mask, and reveals a powerful look into the beating heart of Mexico.
Alexandria Hammond, Ian Markiewicz
Ian Markiewicz and Alex Hammond are NYC based filmmakers. Lucha Mexico is their second feature collaboration. Their previous feature documentary, Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, was released to theaters and VOD in 2012. Alex Hammond's film, Children of Haiti, premiered on PBS in the U.S. and internationally in 2011. Ian Markiewicz worked as editor and co-director with Albert Maysles on various projects, including The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006), Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya Ya's Out (2009), Muhammad and Larry (2010), and The Love We Make (2011).