Wrestlers in Guatemala; Lucha diaria by Jorge Chavarria

Daily struggle portrays the interior lives of wrestlers in Guatemala. To the local culture, these men are considered "stars" and role models. They live dual lives: as parents that support their families and as "idols or demons" for their fans that follow them every weekend.

Daily struggle portrays the interior lives of wrestlers in Guatemala. To the local culture, these men are considered “stars” and role models. They live dual lives: as parents that support their families and as “idols or demons” for their fans that follow them every weekend. As a spectator I asked myself, what are they like behind their masks? How do they live their lives? What are their families like? What are their homes like?

Portrayed as role models, supporters and loving parents, this series explores the reality of Guatemalan wrestlers and their atypical households. Revealed in a different light that they have been seen throughout history, the series shows the daily struggles of these men who remain both public figures and loving caregivers to their family.

I got involved with wrestling in a way that I wouldnt imagined, when I was a Kid, there was a family that lived near my house for about a year, they seemed very different to all of the rest of the people in the neighborhood, their car, the way they looked, I never really get to know them well, they went off and never saw them again. Many years later when I discovered a place that stills runs wrestling in a small place in Guatemala city, I was watching all the show, the wrestlers coming in and coming out, all the people screaming, the music…

then that neighbor that I never saw again, suddenly appeared, but this time with his son wearing a wrestling suit ready to fight, in that moment I understood why these persons that lived so close to my family seemed a little different from the rest of us, it was a good great surprise to me because it makes me remember many details that I forgot along the years, from that moment I decided to get close to the wrestlers and their families to know a little more of what I did knew about them when I was  a kid and learned about them and their life and their day by day life to help their families.[Official Website]
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