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The filmmakers of Ella Es El Matador talk about why they made a film about female matadors.

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Women have few opportunities to compete in the bullfighting ring.

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Bullfighting continues to be dominated by men, making it a difficult sport for women to break into.

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Explore the history of female bullfighters, beginning in the 13th century.

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Eva Florencia completely dedicates herself to becoming a bullfighter.

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Eva Florencia, a young Italian, moves to Spain to pursue her passion for bullfighting.


Two women matadors in Spain have a passion for bullfighting and are determined to pursue their dreams. What is it like for women to enter into this male-dominated arena?

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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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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