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Presented by UK journalist Jason Farrell (Sky News) Running With Bulls captures and explores the thrills, passion and controversy of the Pamplona Bull Run. The San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain is a celebration of life, of shared history, of family and religion. It is a fiesta like nothing you'll ever experience anywhere else in the world and one reason for this is the famous spectacle of the bull run. Each morning for seven days, six fighting bulls tear through the narrow streets while thousands of thrill-seeking runners sprint alongside them to test their skills and courage. However, each afternoon, the same fighting bulls are ritually slaughtered by Matadors in a stadium of 20,000 people. For those who care about animal welfare but also respect long-held traditions, the festival throws up quite a moral dilemma. Through this film the narrator attempts to see the festival from all perspectives: the runners, the protesters and the bulls themselves. The film follows the journey of six fighting bulls from their countryside ranch in southern Spain, to the outskirts of Pamplona and then on their run through the cobbled streets to the stadium's Gate of Fear. Along the way we meet many characters who are all very passionate in their reasons for being involved. But despite the popularity of the festival this we're asked whether it can and should survive in today's world in this fascinating and in-depth portrait of a tradition that is both loved and loathed. DVD Special features: Behind the Scenes Featurette, Trailer, Photo Gallery

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  • Actors: Pamplona Bulls
  • Directors: Jason Farrell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FilmWorks Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B008V89KC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,952 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maskirovka VINE VOICE on July 21, 2014
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This is an excellent documentary...if only for the fact that it provides some absolutely incredible video of the running of the bulls taken at street level by the producers. I would say that the documentary is also refreshingly nonjudgmental. The subtext of it seems to be, "Here is this beautiful, grotesque, exhilarating, and insanely dangerous fiesta...judge for yourself if it's right or wrong or if you want to take part."

As far as my stance on the encierro (the running of the bulls goes), I think it's absolutely insane. I can see no good reason to expose myself to the chance that I might get --courtesy of a maddened bull-- a colostomy or worse and maybe get trampled on by both humans and bovines as well. I would say taking part in that sort of thing is a great example of exposing yourself to an uncontrollable risk. You could be the smartest, savviest runner in the world, but you still might wind up getting tossed around like a rag doll by one of the fighting bulls.

The thing is though...the documentary makes me want to watch and photograph the encierro (but from a balcony) because stupid and incomprehensible it may be, it is undeniably an incredible spectacle.

The second part of the documentary deals with the corrida (the bullfights). I found this section a little less compelling because I've seen bullfighting and documentaries about it so I know what it looks like. Watching this documentary's discussion of it led me to think that being a trained bullfighter in the arena with one bull and a staff of helpers is infinitely more controllable a risk than running with the bulls. But even matadors get gored or killed sometimes.

As far as the morality of it all goes, I'm frankly unmoved by the arguments against it.
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