EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Barrera is known to perform with reckless abandon, and it has cost him. Known as the most-gored bullfighter in history, his bovine adversaries’ horns have found him on 23 occasions — and his wife has witnessed 18 of them. “I always knew I wanted to be a bullfighter,” Barrera says in Gored, a new documentary by Ido Mizrahy that premieres April 16 at the Tribeca Film Festival. “But ever since I have a family, I’m much more afraid. I worry about dying.”
His career poses a threat to his family’s stability, and Barrera must grapple with saying goodbye to his life’s passion. Older, wiser and banished to the fringes of the sport, Barerra steps into the ring, hoping he has one last descabello left. As his final performance begins, he is torn between his role as a father and husband and his final chance at bullfighting glory. Gored spotlights the grace and danger inherent in Spanish bullfighting — a colorful dance during which toreadors face mortality every time they don the lamé. The docu from Motherlode Films and Roopstigo will be paired at Tribeca with Colin Kaepernick, a short film about a decision that the future NFL quarterback’s father made for him that changed the boy’s life.