El Novillero (Canada, 9 min 33 seg )

Directed by: Geoff Webb

A powerful, rhythm-driven short documentary on the nature of ritual violence, EL NOVILLERO traces the triumphant journey of a handsome 17-year-old Mexican bullfighter from aspiring hero to accomplished victor, even as it draws on unsettling material to reveal other, darker truths.

From the very beginning, we identify strongly at first with Francisco, the 'novillero' (novice bullfighter) of the film's title. He is everything a traditional masculine hero should be: humble, earnest, gracious and bold. As he steps into the arena and takes a subtle bow, we have no reason to doubt that this young man is capable of great things.