Bullfighting has always been controversial. Its practice has even been banned in parts of Spain. And yet, many young people still aspire to become matadors. ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx – Why do People Bullfight?’ follows the dramatic lives of five toreros as they attempt to make their way in ‘the world of the bulls’ – a self-contained universe full of pageantry and ritual, cathartic violence and sublime beauty.
Becoming a matador is a calling, a calling that remains – even in a postmodern world that has turned against it – as powerful as ever.