With a myriad of problems facing the planet and humanity, it’s ripe time for some political super heroes to come to the rescue. Enter Super Amigos, a disparate group of politically-committed activists in Mexico who dress up in classic wrestling costumes and fight for the environment, for gay rights and more. Super Amigos the documentary never really grew the legs it needed to be seen as much as it could have when it came out in 2007, but lucky for us, Hot Docs has made it available at their free streaming online site. Here’s the Hot Docs synopsis:
Director Arturo Pérez Torres returns to his hometown to show that superheroes do exist. In Mexico City, five real-life “social wrestlers” have capitalized on the popularity of Mexico’s larger than life Lucha Libre wrestlers to fight for social justice rather than trophies. Wearing custom masks, costumes and capes like the wrestlers who inspired them, these anonymous grassroots superheroes protect their metropolis against injustice. Super Animal challenges bullfighters to leave the bulls alone and fight him instead. After a savage beating kills his boyfriend, Super Gay becomes a champion of gay rights, fighting rampant homophobia. Ecologista Universal battles environmental destruction of every kind, all on foot. Super Barrio is the defender of poor tenants, helping them resist evictions by slumlords cashing in on gentrification. With a mixture of live action, comic book-style animation and a surf guitar soundtrack inspired equally by mariachi music and Batman, Super Amigos shows that with a little imagination, a good heart and the right mask, anyone can activate their communities to triumph over evil. In Spanish with English subtitles – Official Selection, 2007 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
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