Tordesillas, Tuesday the 13th, 2016. The King Chatarrero and his pups have gone to the troubled Spanish town to avoid the already prohibited spearing of Pelado, the Toro de la Vega. This is the “National Anti-bull-fighting Tour”, a peaceful movement in protest of the renamed “The Bull of Shame”, which traveled to Tordesillas to ensure that those attending this local “party” upheld the ban on killing the bull during the event.
The great social support garnered by this initiative has led to junkyard owner and boxer Javi Garcia Roche’s getting a deal for the Mediaset media group’s upcoming programme against the mistreatment of animals.
Because to fight for those with no opportunities something inherent to him. One of Javi’s slogans is written on his sweatshirt: “I love Pit Bulls. Not dog fight! Fight me if you dare, boy!”. The junkyard king is already famous for his own particular fight club. The Chatarras Palace is a place for juvenile rehabilitation: a whole universe for retraining disadvantaged kids, paradoxically built around physically fighting. Conflictive street kids hooked on drugs get taken away from problems and street fighting via boxing, permissible duelling as a way to channel their inner rage and create an environment that protects and cares for them. A family.
Nuria Aguado’s Pups narrates the life of this true-to-life “older brother” and does so brilliantly, with a firm hand and cinematic resources, avoiding the naturalism so characteristic of documentary filmmaking and taking from great references such as Scorsese’s Raging Bull.
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