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Chavela

An evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of legendary Mexican singer/lesbian diva Chavela Vargas.

Please note that this film is in English and Spanish, with Dutch subtitles.
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Did Chavela really creep into women’s bedrooms like Ava Gardner late at night to steal them away from their husbands? Did she pack a pistol she sometimes shot just for fun? Or have epic drinking binges with friends that started on Friday and ended the following Wednesday? Did she spend a year living with Frida Kahlo and having a passionate romance with her?

Centred around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela, and guided by the stories in her songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi, Mexico, Spain, USA, 2017, 93 min. English & Spanish spoken, Dutch subtitles.
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