Immigrants find catharsis watching wrestlers whup up on Border Patrol agents

Screen shot from of Kevin Gordon’s film “Border Patrol Body Slam”

This is teh awesome.

A short film by filmmaker Kevin Gordon is featured on the New York Times site today. Gordon’s film, “Border Patrol Body Slam,” documents Pro Wrestling Revolution, a wrestling troupe whose matches feature masked lucha libre-style Latino wrestlers as the good guys, pitted against the bad guys—wrestlers portraying roided-out, jingoistic, hate-spewing U.S. Border Patrol agents. 

In his accompanying short essay, Gordon says the matches are, “a type of Theater of the Oppressed, where social hierarchies are turned upside down and where, unlike in some media coverage, the Mexicans are the heroes.”

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