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Bolivia's Female Wrestlers take on Stereotyping

by VJ Movement


El Alto, Bolivia. Migrant indigenous women wearing huge skirts called "polleras" participate in a weekly wrestling spectacle. These women (cholas cachascanistas) have displaced men from this traditionally male sport. But what is this really all about - surely there's more to it than Indian women fighting like wild creatures? Is this a survival strategy, a creative way to alleviate poverty? Finally: how is the entertainment industry related to these wonderful women?




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This video is made by Cecilia Lanza, a well known journalist in Bolivia. For VJ Movement she tries to show the other side of her country. She has also made videos about the coca farmers in Bolivia, the lithium industry and child labour.


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