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To take the bull by the horns

Original title Coger el toro por los cuernos


The topic of bullfighting (la corrida de toros) highlights the cultural difference between Catalonia and Spain. The filmmaker took a demonstration against bullfighting in June 2007 in the capital of Catalonia as occasion to explore the limits and intersections between these two cultures. The question remains whether corrida is disapproving due to cultural or ethical reasons. Even the Catalans themselves do not agree on this. Will the cruelty of animals of the “fiesta nacional” at the end of the day be used as a pretext for cultural segregation?
The film tries not to give the one answer, but to collect subjective views and opinions of proponents and opponents – people of workaday life – in Barcelona. The fact that Barcelona tries to abolish the “fiesta nacional” as soon as possible adds the film a high actuality.

Author/s Anna Marie Schefer

Gießen 07.08.1982 in Hessen, Germany
2002 General qualification for university entrance, Rouanet-Gymnasium Beeskow / Brandenburg, Germany
Academic studies
2002 – 2004 Study of Indian Philology, Free University of Berlin 2004 Study of Social Anthropology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
2004 – 2006 Study of Social Anthropology, History and Society of South Asia and Contemporary German Literature, Free University of Berlin and Humboldt-University of Berlin
2006/07 Scholarship Erasmus, Universitat Pompeu Fabra / Barcelona, Spain
Summer 2007 Focusing on Visual Anthropology
Spring 2009 Expected final degree (Magister Artium)
Other activities
2007 Production, directing and cutting of the documentary “Coger el toro por los cuernos – To take the bull by the horns“ (Spain, 23 Min.)
Feb. – Apr. 2008 Field investigation in Pune, India (“Construction of cultural identity through Marathi cinema”)
2007 “Coger el toro por los cuernos – To take the bull by the horns”; Documentary, Spain, 23 Min.

Photography Tobiar Semmelmann
Sound Jonas Diestelmeier
Editing Anna Marie Schefer