In the heartwarming and empowering documentary, “Cassandro The Exotico,” audiences are invited into the colorful and tumultuous world of Saúl Armendáriz, better known as Cassandro. This riveting film, directed by Marie Losier, captures the incredible journey of a gay, gender-bending Mexican wrestler who defied societal norms and shattered stereotypes in the macho world of lucha libre.Cassandro’s story is one of resilience, determination, and the unyielding pursuit of self-expression. Born into a challenging environment in El Paso, Texas, Cassandro’s journey begins as he turns to professional wrestling as an escape from a troubled upbringing. His transformation into an “exotico” wrestler, characterized by flamboyant costumes and dramatic performances, challenged traditional gender roles within the sport.Saúl Armendáriz, an openly gay amateur wrestler from El Paso, Texas, catapults himself to worldwide acclaim by introducing the persona of Cassandro, often dubbed the “Liberace of Lucha Libre.”
This gripping narrative traces the real-life journey of Cassandro, a persona brought to life by Saúl Armendáriz. Hailing from El Paso, Cassandro defied societal norms as a gay amateur wrestler and ascended to global fame.The documentary skillfully combines intimate interviews with Cassandro, his friends, and fellow wrestlers with vibrant archival footage and electrifying wrestling matches. This juxtaposition allows viewers to not only understand the man behind the mask but also experience the adrenaline-pumping spectacle of lucha libre firsthand.As Cassandro’s story unfolds, the film delivers a poignant message about the importance of being true to oneself, defying expectations, and breaking down barriers. “Cassandro: The Exotico” is a triumphant celebration of a trailblazer who challenged conventions and left an indelible mark on the world of professional wrestling and the LGBTQ+ community.In doing so, he not only disrupts the traditionally macho wrestling scene but also embarks on a transformative journey that reshapes his own life.