Vrij Free Film: Ella es el Matador | She is the Matador - Your-space
Vrij Free Film: Ella es el Matador | She is the Matador Your-space
Your-Space presenteert:Your-Space presents:
Ella es el Matador | She is the Matador (2009)
Makers: Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco
Date: 13 May, 2010, 19.00-21.00 h.
Followed by a discussion with Celeste Carrasco
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(programme is subject to change)
A fight between man and beast, bullfighting has carried rich symbolism of fertility and power through the centuries, glorifying the male fighter and contributing to a rigid definition of gender roles. So sacred was this preconception of masculinity that a 1908 Spanish law banned women from participating in bullfighting. The law, however, has not stopped brave women from entering the arena, facing a fierce bull and fighting gender-based prejudice. Legendary María Salome, also known as La Reverte, chose to disguise herself as man, while Juanita Cruz wore a mask and a skirt to preserve her femininity, despite the impracticality and danger. Angela Hernández, who was banned from bullfighting during the Franco regime, challenged her case in the court on the basis of discrimination.
Through primary interviews shot in verité style interspersed with archival footage of the history of women in bullfighting, Ella es el Matador, (formerly She Wants to be a Matador) is a character-driven documentary that illuminates how modern female matadors are navigating and establishing themselves in an overwhelmingly masculine profession.
The movie night programme is provided free of charge, no reservations are necessary. Doors open at 18.30, and the movie starts at 19.00 hours. Afterwards there will be time to discuss the movies in the restaurant. Food and drinks at own expense at the restaurant.