Fighting Cholitas

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Cholitas fight it out in the arena (February 2014)

The Fighting Cholitas are a group of female lucha libre wrestlers who perform in El Alto, Bolivia.[1] The Cholitas are part of a group called the Titans of the Ring, which includes both male and female wrestlers. The Titans perform each Sunday for an audience of hundreds at El Alto's Multifunctional Center; tickets to the exhibitions cost $1.[1]

The idea of including female wrestlers as a maneuver for publicity came from Juan Mamami, a wrestler and president of the Titans. They routinely attract over a thousand spectators to their bouts in El Alto and several hundred spectators when they travel with the Titans to smaller towns.[1]

Like the general population of El Alto, which consists almost entirely of Aymara and Quechua residents, the Cholitas are indigenous. They wear braided hair, bowler hats and multilayered skirts in the ring.[1]

According to a 2005 New York Times article, the Titans earn about $13 for each bout. Most of the wrestlers have other jobs besides their wrestling careers.[1]

The Fighting Cholitas were featured in an October 2008 episode of the American reality series The Amazing Race, in which a contestant from each team was tasked with learning and performing a six-step wrestling routine with a Cholita.

Film[edit]

The Cholitas were the subject of an award-winning 2006 short-subject documentary, The Fighting Cholitas.[2] The twenty-minute documentary was directed by Mariam Jobrani and produced by Jobrani, Teresa Deskins and Kenny Krauss.[3] The film received an honorable mention in Short Filmmaking at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Forero, Juan. "In This Corner, in the Flouncy Skirt and Bowler Hat..." The New York Times, 2005-07-21.
  2. ^ Adelman, Kim. "'Tanghi Argentini' Dances Away With Four Prizes at Aspen Shortsfest." IndieWire, 2007-04-18.
  3. ^ "The Fighting Cholitas (2006)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2008-10-13.
  4. ^ McCarthy, Todd. "Sundance hot for burning issues." Daily Variety, 2007-01-29.