Special Screenings
Traveling Festival


Fighting Cholitas
(20 minutes) Bolivia
Directors/Producers: Mariam Jobrani, Kenneth Kraus, Teresa Deskins

Fighting Cholitas is short film about a group of bold and fierce female Bolivian wrestlers.These indigenous women jump into the ring every Sunday in their traditional, vibrant, multilayered skirts and perform the acrobatic maneuvers of Lucha Libre (a blend of Mexican and American professional wrestling).Fighting Cholitas goes behind the scenes to find out who these women are and what draws them to this unusual sport. Every Sunday, hundreds of men, women and children pack the Multifunctional Auditorium in El Alto, Bolivia, a sprawling lower income extension of La Paz. They come to watch fights between good and evil where good is usually triumphant.

Mariam Jobrani started her career in TV at Pacem Productions in Los Angeles working on Beyond Wall Street and Educating Anner for PBS.Since 2001, she has worked on various reality shows, including: Big Brother (CBS), Amazing Race (CBS), and Amish in the City (UPN).In 2001 Mariam produced With Us or Against Us, a documentary short about Afghans in America post 9/11.

Kenneth Kraus shot his first experimental 16mm films at Hampshire College. Kenneth's first documentary film experience was with Florentine Films as an assistant editor. For the last six years Kenneth has been shooting documentary and reality series including: Big Brother (CBS), Roush Racing: Driver X (Discovery), Hell's Kitchen (FOX), Amish In The City (UPN) and Dr. 90210 (E).

Teresa Deskins received her Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska in 1993, and a Master's at Boston University in 1995. Her first professional assignment as an editor was for NBC's Real Life in 1996. Her screen credits include The Ultimate Love Test (ABC),The Benefactor (ABC),The Law Firm (NBC),The Biggest Loser (NBC), Bound For Glory (ESPN), Miracle Workers (ABC), and Cheerleader Nation (Lifetime).

Contact information:
At Risk Films
8205 Santa Monica Blvd #1-143
West Hollywood, CA 90046
E-mail: info@AtRiskFilms.com
Mariam Jobrani
E-mail: mariam@motofilms.com
©2007 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)
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