a movie by charles fairbanks

12 minutes, Mexico / USA, 2010

Irma is an intimate musical portrait of Irma Gonzalez, the former world champion of women’s professional wrestling. Filmed in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl – a notorious district of Mexico City – Irma contradicts everything we have come to expect from stories reported from Mexico. Featuring original music written and performed by Ms. Gonzalez, Irma’s story surges with love and deceit, masculine strength, feminine charms, and an extraordinary sense of humor.

“A portrait built like a Russian matryoshka: surprise after surprise, revelation after revelation.”
- Carlos Ramos / IndieLisboa -

Select Screenings: Slamdance Film Festival, Frameline, International Short Film Festival Hamburg, ExGround Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Festival dei Popoli, Festival de Cine Cero Latitud, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, FLEX: the Florida Experimental Film Festival, PLAY-DOC, Black Maria Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Images Festival, Full Frame Documentary Festival, London International Documentary Festival, IndieLisboa, DokuFest Kosovo, Chicago Underground Film Fest, Rooftop Films, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Festival de Cinema de Huesca, Dallas Video Fest, VideoDumbo, Antimatter, Silverdocs, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives

*Honorable Mention* for best documentary at the Carolina Film & Video Festival
*Special Mention of the Jury* at VIDEOMEDEJA in Novi Sad, Serbia
*Eileen Maitland Award* at the Ann Arbor Film Festival