As we continue with our coverage of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), we spoke with the crew involved in the documentary, “LUCHA: A Wrestling Tale.” The story follows a group of young teenage girls who join the women’s wrestling team at Taft High School. As they are competing in championships, they also are facing struggles outside of the wrestling mat.
We spoke with the girls about how watching their struggles in the film really hits home. When you have instances of giving up your dream to make ends meet, grades are suffering, and even learning your first English words, the entire film depicts how everyone dealt with their blows but came out of it stronger than ever. We also spoke with one of the girls, Samantha, on her joining the boys’ wrestling team.
The film made its debut at SBIFF on Friday, February 9th, with an encore screening on Saturday, February 10th, at 12 PM PT.
What an inspirational documentary.
Watch the video interview below, or download the podcast above.