Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

As a member of the Salem Film Fest selection committee, I get to see all the films we show at the Salem Film Fest every year. One of my favorites from last year was Betty Park’s Bolivian wrestling doc, Mamachas of the Ring. The film focuses on four female wrestlers, but in particular on Carmen Rosa (aka The Champion) who ultimately must fight not just in the ring, but for control of her own wrestling career. The film is an emotional roller coaster lightened in parts by claymation enactments of scenes that either weren’t caught on camera or are fantasies of the characters. The effect compliments the heightened reality of professional wrestling while offering a pleasant, if momentary diversion, from the tension on the screen.  Carmen Rosa is a lot like a super hero, but in a bowler hat and skirts instead of skin-tight kevlar. She’s larger than life, but at the same time, intensely human. So get in the mood for Salem Film Fest 2011 this week with something a bit different and one of my favorites films from last year, Mamachas of the RingMamachas of the Ring will play in the screening room starting February 11th. Hope to see you there!