City College music professor composes ‘Mamachas del Ring’ number
Professor Mike Espar held a screening of the 2009 Bolivian lucha libre documentary.
By Jesse Altillo, Staff Writer
San Diego City College professor Mike Espar held a screening of the 2009 documentary “Mamachas del Ring” on Tuesday.
Espar, the newest hire in the City College music department, composed the musical number for the film.
“This is my first year (at City). I started in the fall, and I heard about the world cultures program and wanted to be involved,” Espar said. “Running through the list of film projects I’ve been involved with, this seemed like the most appropriate. There’s such a thread of cultural anthropology going through this film.”
The film follows the story of Carmen Rosa, who during a cultural revolution of the 2000s, became internationally famous for being the first wrestler to wear traditional “cholita” garb in the ring, and one of the few luchadoras in a sport dominated by men.
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