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Santa Fiesta (2016)

Spain, 2015. 60,000 animals die tortured every year during popular festivals. Santa Fiesta is a feature documentary exploring Spain's animal cruelty in religious fiestas.




Every year in Spain, some 16,000 Fiestas are organized, during which animals are used. Honoring the Holy Virgin and the Patron Saints, and with the blessing of religious and political authorities, entire towns -including children- are involved in celebrations of unbelievable cruelty. 60,000 animals are hence abused each year during these "Fiestas of Blood". Toros Embolados (bulls with two burning pikes soaked with fuel tied to their horns), stabbed, tied, pierced with darts or thrown into the water. Abused pigeons, rats, pigs, geese, horses and even ants. The barbaric tradition is varied and extends throughout the Spanish geography. People dance, drink, laugh. The life of the people and the death of the animals is celebrated, with the silent complicity of priests, amongst prayers and mystical processions. Santa Fiesta is a feature documentary that makes us eyewitnesses of a cocktail of celebration, blood and faith rooted in the Spanish soul. A journey of images, sounds, colors and ... Written by Producer

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Important and long overdue movie exploring an industry of cruelty and death
10 June 2016 | by nanabjoernlundSee all my reviews

Exploring and exposing the extent of the extremely violent and sadistic celebrations in Spain was long overdue, and thus this movie a very important initiative. It shows the horrible reality of what really goes on behind the events, usually glorified as "tradition", "art", or "culture", and will shock any viewer to the core.

As thousands of animals are abused and killed each year for entertainment we are experiencing a change in popular opinion, and an increasing number of Spaniards are turning their backs on the country's animal abuse festivals. Still there's very little debate about the subject, but a movie such as Santa Fiesta may help break the silence.

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