Bolivia’s Women Wrestlers
More than 13,000 feet above sea level in the city of El Alto, Bolivia, the new sport “Cholitas Luchadoras” or Fighting Cholitas is gaining popularity. Dressed in traditional Andean highland clothing, women wrestlers take to the stage employing professional wrestling stunts including flying at their opponents, dragging them about and jumping them from behind. This short audio slide show is a companion piece to the longer article featured in National Geographic. It is a colorful and humorous piece, but audio interviews with two of the wrestlers also hint at deeper issues of women gaining power and respect in a male-dominated culture.
Photography: Ivan Kashinsky
Photo editor: Sarah Leen
Photo coordinator: Elena Sheveiko
Senior video producer/editor: John Kondis