Sad Child features a lucha (fight) between three Bolivian luchadoras, often referred to and unfortunately, often not-so affectionately as Cholita Wrestlers. Cholita is a term for an indigenous woman typically of Quecha or Aymara ethnicity, and in the ring they can be seen sporting their iconic trenzas (braids), polleras (puffy, ankle-length skirts) and even their small bowler hats that are most commonly associated with the northern, high-altitude capital city of La Paz and its surrounds. Frequently the victims of intense discrimination, cholitas have found strength in this form of expression. Being a luchadora is a manifestation of female strength and beauty - countering the expectations of a deeply machista society. Little by little, things are changing - laws (although inadequately enforced) have been put in place to prevent discrimination and cholitas are gaining more access to facilities like health and education and visibility with a growing number of Cholita congresswomen, senators and celebrities.
This footage was from a somewhat rare lucha in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, on the outskirts of the Amazon where I lived for 2016 and is a continuation of my experiments with Slit Scan in video.