Links & Books


Talcual Films presents Ella Es el Matador
The filmmakers' website includes a film description, images from the film and news about the film.



Bullfighting in Spain
On the official website for tourism in Spain, visitors can get information about bullfights and the culture of bullfighting, and access links to bullrings and museums associated with the tradition.

Spain Travel: Bullfighting
This website serves as a travel guide to Spain and includes a section dedicated to the history of bullfighting that provides a detailed description of the rituals and customs of the sport.

ESPN: "Haunted by the Horns"
This article (also available in Spanish) follows a young, prominent Mexican-American bullfighter, Alejandro Amaya, on one of his trips to perform multiple bullfights throughout Mexico. The article features a short Q-and-A section about bullfighting, as well as a glossary of Spanish bullfighting terms.

La Voz Weekly: "Adventures of a Female 'Matador'"
In a personal account, a female study-abroad student from De Anza College who had the chance to fight against a baby bull (without performing a final kill) describes her dangerous, but ultimately successful, first attempt at a corrida (bullfight). (Nov. 23, 2003)

The New York Times: Conchita Cintron
Conchita Cintron's obituary outlines the life of a celebrated female matador who was known as the "Blonde Goddess." (Feb. 19, 2009)

The Independent: "Bullfighting Fans in Plea for World Heritage Status"
This article summarizes the movement in Spain to try and protect bullfighting from being banned, spearheaded by the Platform for the Defence of the Fiesta Nacional, a pro-bullfighting group. (April 27, 2007)

The New York Times: "Bullfighting Is Dead! Long Live the Bullfight!"
Following matador Jose Tomas in his bullfights across Spain, this article explores a lot of the controversy surrounding bullfighting. Both traditional and abolitionist groups are cited, and the continuing struggle between preserving tradition and perpetuating what some see as a cruel sport is examined. (June 1, 2008)

For a Bullfighting-Free Europe
Sponsored by many animal rights organizations, this website compiles information to support its argument against bullfighting and pushes to abolish the tradition.

Spanish Culture

BBC News Country Profile: Spain
This overview offers general information about Spain, its history, government, culture and media.

The Christian Science Monitor: "Spain's Women Make Gains in Workplace and Home"
Spanish women are in the midst of a cultural revolution, according to this article, which details the plight of women looking to break out of traditional gender roles. (June 28, 2002)

Country Reports: Spain
This website has numerous in-depth sections on Spanish history, population, culture and economy.

Don Quijote: Spanish Culture
Don Quijote, a language travel agency, offers a brief look at Spanish culture that touches on the artistic and musical heritage of the country.

Women in Sports

Women's Sports Foundation
Working to advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity, the Women's Sports Foundation educates the public on encouraging girls to participate in physical activity.

Feminist Majority Foundation: Empowering Women in Sports
This section of the foundation's website is dedicated to the education and advocacy of women in sports careers. The website features a page that looks at the barriers women who want to pursue athletic careers may face, as well as a list of resources for anyone interested in learning more.

Observer Sport Monthly: "Against the Odds"
This article describes three women who have excelled in sports that were once deemed unfit or too dangerous for women: Steph Davis, a rock climber, Katherine Legge, a racing driver, and Mari Paz Vega, the female bullfighter featured in Ella Es El Matador. (May 6, 2007)

History of Women in Sports Timeline
Created by the American Association of University Women - St. Lawrence County Branch, this timeline provides an extensive view of women's sports history and women's involvement in sports from the first Olympics, held in Greece in 776 B.C., up to the present day.