Cassandro, The Exotico!

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Cassandro, The Exotico!

Directed by Marie Losier | France | 73 min
It’s mascara over masks for Saúl Armendáriz, a.k.a. Cassandro, a gay Mexican American luchador who has made a career elevating the stock character of exótico from drag-clad machista stereotype to transcendent, rhinestone-studded hero. Shot in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez in lustrous 16mm, Marie Losier’s beautifully crafted documentary captures the grit and glam of Lucha Libre as the fabulous Cassandro (ever the showman) navigates addiction, recovery, and pain both inside and outside the ring.

Preceded by: Dreamer (Dir. Marcos Davalos, USA, 9 min)
A gay undocumented “Dreamer” breaks into his high school auditorium to dance to his favorite Gloria Estefan song.