“Border Patrol Body Slam” looks at the sport of lucha libre wrestling, profiling a fighter who has galvanized an enthusiastic following by fighting opponents who take on the role of a very particular villain – U.S. border agents.
This excerpt from Kevin Gordon’s film-in-progress portrays a battle between good and evil in which the Mexican migrant finally gets to be the good guy. The wrestler portraying the hero, who goes by the nomme de wrestling “Blue Demon Jr.,” says that for some Mexicans living in the U.S., these bouts are “the cheapest therapy that exists.”
“If you are not a ‘legal’ person, you can’t stand up for yourself. You do not have a way for your voice to be heard,” he explains. “And here, they can scream and scream and get everything out.”