She Is a Matador

08/29/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Gemma Cubero, filmmaker, Ella Es el Matador, documentary to be aired on POV, Tuesday, September 1, 11 pm on WEDU. This is Gemma's first effort directing a film.

Born in Spain, she and her co-director/producer were working in Mexico as cinematographers when they became aware of the terrible discrimination against women as matadors. While not necessarily interested in bull fighting, being born in Spain, they realized the cultural significance of bull fighting as, not a sport, but an event.

They decided to illuminate this aspect of Spanish culture through the treatment of women as matadors. They have created a beautiful film, more about Spain than anything else.

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