Pregunta Esencial: ¿Cómo se expresan los distintos aspectos de la identidad en diversas situaciones?
Great movie for the chapter on "Identidades Personales y Públicas" or "Personal and Public Identities" from the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.
Best friend of Pedro Almodovar and lover/gilfriend of Frida Kahlo, the documentary shows the life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012.
Directors: Catherine Gund (co-director), Daresha Kyi (co-director)
Stars: Pedro Almodóvar, Elena Benarroch, Miguel Bosé
Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas.
Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s 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.
What I love about the movie is that it shows the duality of her identity, depending on the environment that she was on. She talks about what parts of her identity she kept to herself, and which she exposed to the public.
Winner of the Golden Athens Award for Best Documentary at Athens Internation Film Festival (2017), Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at both OutFest L.A. and OUTshine Fort Lauderdale (2017), Audience Award & Honorable Mention Jury Award at Frameline (2017), Second Place Audience Award at Berlinale Film Festival (2017), Audience Award & Best Documentary Feature at Reeling35 (2017), Official Selection of AFI Docs, Hot Docs, Austin Gay & Lesbian Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and many more.
An audience favorite:
“A wonderful tribute to a queer icon” – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
“Dazzling. Poignant. Thoroughly enthralling.” – Claudia Puig, The Wrap Full Review
"Donald Trump’s ultimate nightmare – a Mexican lesbian diva who can wring your very soul." – Jonathan Romney, The Guardian Full Review
“A trailblazing free spirit whose appetite for tequila and women was as legendary as her soul-stirring vocals...” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
“Legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas receives justifiably laudatory treatment in this documentary celebrating her refusal to compromise together with her musical brilliance.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety