Cassandro the Exotico!


Brava Theatre Wed, May 29, 2019 8:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Marie Losier
Film Category:GLBTQ
Running Time:73 min.
Premiere:US Premiere


Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century. Marie Losier captures the moving, humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure. Cassandro, a prize-winning fighter who reinvented a staunchly macho sport, exudes resilience of all kinds—from his physical power to leave opponents KO'd to his ability to revisit past emotional traumas and cope with the pain of a body pushed to its limits. Cassandro’s story—of an underdog and a queer icon, simultaneously fragile and mighty—is ever more evocative as it unfolds on both sides of the Mexican-American border. 16mm filming melds tender encounters and larger-than-life fight scenes into a stylish whole that reflects the vivid textures and hues of a dazzling life in sport. -CM


Join us for an after party at Make Out Room (3225 22nd St) for 60s/70s soul/funk/disco from around the world with DJs Special Lord B, Ben Braken and Bobby Ganush.


Co-presented by SF Latino Film Festival and