She Is The Matador
Film Title (Original): She Is The Matador
Film Title (Spanish): Ella Es El Matador
Film Title (In English): She Is The Matador
Country Of Origin: U.S.A-Spain
Year Of Completion: 2009
Running Time: 62 Minutes
Format/Color/Bw: Color & Black/ White
Language: Spanish And Italian
Subtitles: English Subtiles
Rating: PG
Production Company/ Productora: Talcual Films USA/ SPAIN
Written, Directed and Produced By: Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco
Executive Producers/ Producción Ejecutiva:
Sheila C. Johnson, Suzanne LaFetra, Gemma Cubero
Cinematography/ Cinematografía: Celeste Carrasco
Editors/ Montadoras: Carla Gutiérrez, Vivien Hillgrove, Jennifer Chinlund, Celeste Carrasco
Music/ Música: Michael Galazo, Todd Boekelheide, Martirio
Still Photography/Foto Fija: Tanit Plana
Cast: Eva Florencia, Maripaz Vega
2009 Guadalajara Film Festival
2009 Silverdocs Film Festival – Official Selection
Ella es el Matador (She is the Matador) received the 2008 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for Documentary.

Gemma Cubero, is a Spanish filmmaker with a journalism background. Gemma worked as Associate Producer and investigator on the award-winning documentary Señorita Extraviada, Lourdes Portillo’s film about the killing of women in Juárez. She also produced with Julio Medem the feature length documentaries What's Under your Hat? and One Percent: Schizophrenia. In 2006 she founded Talcual Films, an independent production company based in the United States and also operating in Spain.

Celeste Carrasco, is a native of Barcelona, Spain. Celeste’s credits include First Assistant Director on Marta Balletbó’s film, Honey, I've snet the Men to the Moon, Production Manager on Lourdes Portillo’s Señorita Extraviada, and Producer on Lisset Barcello’s Both. She currently works at the technical department in the Madrid Opera House, combining her film work with theater.

Bullfighting is the quintessential symbol of masculinity and bravery in Spanish culture. So sacred was the bullfighter’s masculinity to Spanish identity that a 1908 law barred women from the sport. She Is The Matador reveals the surprising history of the women who made such a law necessary. It also offers fascinating profiles of two female matadors currently in the arena.

Veteran Maripaz Vega started fighting bulls at the age of nine. Raised in a family of men with a passion for bull fighting, she rose to become the first woman in Spain to receive the title of “matador” at age 22. More than 10 years later, after great success in Latin America, she is still fighting for a place in Spain’s top rankings.

Neophyte Eva Florencia was born in Italy in 1978. She traveled to Spain at the age of 14 and fell in love with Spanish culture and the art of bullfighting. Against her parents’ will she ran away from home to become a matador. Throughout her dramatic journey, the determined Eva has discovered the difficulties of the profession but remains motivated to pursue her dream.

Spanish-born directors Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for Documentary for their debut project.

III Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2009