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FREE Art Museum and Cinema

Free Admission to museum & movie, which starts at 7PM. Find Kaz IN FRONT of WHITEMAN HALL film/lecture theater INSIDE the museum from 6:30-6:50 pm. Wearing a Meetup BADGE. Whiteman Hall is accessed from The Great Hall.

Movie: Tales of Masked Men is a documentary about the colorful, fascinating and mysterious world of lucha libre — Mexican wrestling — and was an official selection of over 20 film festivals. Shot in Mexico and the United States and filled with the passion and excitement that defines its subject, the film explores the history of lucha libre and what has made this 80 yr old phenomenon endure.
In Spanish and English with English subtitles.

Described by cultural anthropologist Heather Levi as “a sport in the key of melodrama,” lucha libre springs from the same root as American professional wrestling (i.e. Olympic and Greco-Roman style competitive wrestling), but has taken on the unique characteristics of Mexico and the country’s long-standing fascination with masks. Masks conceal faces but not feelings, allowing luchadors to transform themselves into either the character of a rudo, the rule-breaking villain, or a técnico, the fair and square, technically proficient hero.

Featuring interviews with cultural commentators, wrestlers, and observers of the sport as well as archival footage and clips from the “masked wrestler” adventure films, Tales of Masked Men is the vibrant story of how lucha libre has taken root in Mexican and Latino culture and become an integral part of its very identify.

Runtime: 55 min. Watch trailer here -

Tales of Masked Men is being shown as a part of Cine Latino, Phoenix Art Museum’s annual celebration of Hispanic culture through film. Cine Latino is sponsored by the CALA Alliance.

Cost: FREE for all guests.

Please join me for this fascinating look at such a vital part of Mexican culture. You may choose to come early and browse the museum for free. We can hang around the Art Museum after or go to a nearby cafe to discuss the film, if you'd like...there are sure to be some interesting impressions of this film!

Your host is Kaz.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Definitely an interesting film - very educational, rare vintage footage, psychological insights. Was worth the effort to get there.

    September 5, 2013

  • Mary E.

    Interesting film. Great venue. Thanks again for organizing.

    September 4, 2013

  • Abrar R.

    Sounds like fun

    1 · August 14, 2013

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