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Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador)

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PBS Premiere: September 1, 2009


For Spaniards — and for the world — nothing has expressed their country's traditionally rigid gender roles more powerfully than the image of the male matador. So sacred was the bullfighter's masculinity to Spanish identity that a 1908 law barred women from the sport. Ella Es el Matador reveals the surprising history of the women who made such a law necessary and offers fascinating profiles of two female matadors currently in the arena: the acclaimed Mari Paz Vega and neophyte Eva Florencia. These women are gender pioneers by necessity. But what emerges as their truest motivation is their sheer passion — for bullfighting and the pursuit of a dream. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).

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TAGS: bullfighting, spain, women

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Film Information

Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador) (60 min.)

Premiere Date: September 1, 2009

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Filmmakers: Gemma Cubero, Celeste Carrasco Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Filmmaker Statement | Press Release


Gemma Cubero
Gemma Cubero
Celeste Carrasco
Celeste Carrasco

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Critical Acclaim


Sports Illustrated

Ella Es el Matador is highly successful point-of-view work that exposes the world of the bullfight through the unique perspective of these unusual insiders.”

— Kate Taylor,
The Globe and Mail, Toronto

Ella Es el Matador captures [matador] Vega in some stunning moments that are both poetic and frightening. You may not become a fan of bullfighting, but after viewing Cubero and Carrasco's fine film, you will not be able to ignore its noble, if troubling, beauty.”

— Belinda Acosta,
The Austin Chronicle

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