Cie des phares et balises & Arte France
In our rich, westernized societies, the religion of muscle, with body-building at its peak, is forever growing in popularity. The cult of strength is nothing new, and can be found throughout the world and its history. In the form of traditions, belonging, or reluctance. Certain peoples turned it into a generic trait, imprinted indelibly in their most intimate rites... This is the case of the Bulgarians and wrestling. Bulgaria, a small country of 8 million inhabitants amid the Balkans, has the largest per capita percentage of world champions, or Olympic medals, in Europe. Through the tradition of working-class wrestling, we see a country in crisis.