Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador) aired on POV a year ago. Filmmakers Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco wrote in recently to update us on the film and its subjects.

Gemma CuberoCeleste Carrasco

Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco

Here’s an update with highlights from screenings of Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador), and from the lives of subjects Eva and Mari Paz since the film premiered on POV last year. We thank you for taking the time to write comments on the POV site and for expressing your diverse points of view!

— Gemma Cubero & Celeste Carrasco

Best Doc Award & Audience Award

In November 2009, Ella Es el Matador (She is the Matador) won the best documentary award at the Women in Direction International Film Festival in Cuenca, Spain. In April 2010 the film was awarded the audience award at the 23rd Medina Del Campo Film Festival also in Spain.

Eva Florencia

Matador: Eva Florencia

Eva created a new website and has been showing her artwork in exhibits in Seville. She exhibited four of her paintings in the Sierpes & Adriano gallery and published three of her paintings in the program of the Maestranza Bullring in Sevilla. She continues to paint and has also been contacted by many American viewers after the broadcast.

If you are interested in buying her paintings, or if you want to find out more, contact Eva through her website.

Mari Paz Vega

Matador: Mari Paz

Mari Paz was recognized in her hometown with two awards: the Victoria Galardón Award, given by the Association of Professional Business Women of Málaga, Spain, and the Day of Andalusia Award, which recognizes her determination to pursue her dream in the world of bullfighting.

This year Mari Paz fought successfully in Venezuela, and she is still fighting for a place in the top rankings in Spain.

Visit Mari Paz Vega’s Blog to learn more about her accomplishments this year.

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