Alicia Torres Don is a luchadora who fights in the wrestling ring but she’s also fighting a daily struggle to keep her mother alive. And that’s just the beginning of her story.

The short film “The Fighter” by Joshua Davis follows Don and illustrates the complexities of the lives that many DREAMers face outside of their organizing efforts.

In the ring she is known as La Aguila Dorada, or the Golden Eagle, a luchadora character Don says she developed around her fight for justice and what is right. However, outside the ring she is best known for another fight: for the rights of undocumented youth that she says are living in a state of fear and uncertainty inside the U.S.

La Aguila Dorada” is a member of the N.C. Dream Team. (Colorlines.com has reported on their actions previously.)

“When I’m down and getting beat, I’m not thinking that I’m down — I’m thinking how the hell do I get out of this,” Don says in the video.

“The more involved and the more active you become, the more you realize that you’re not going to be able to do it forever — you get burned out, honestly and all of it is a result of my status and how hard it is to be an undocumented immigrant in the United States,” Don goes on to say.

“The Fighter” is part of The Undocumentary Project, a multimedia project about undocumented immigrant youth living in North Carolina.

  • Update 9/11/12: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the filmmaker as Josh David.

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