Director: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
It’s a Gay Essential:
Released in 2017, the life of Chavela Vargas is immediately engaging; from growing up as an outcast who would be disowned by her Costa Rican family and the religious community, to the final decades of her life touring the world with newfound best friend Pedro Almodovar (who used her music in films including 1995’s The Flower of My Secret), she lived a life equal parts harrowing and joyous, which this film manages to delve in to comprehensively. Chavela is directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi. Read More Here.
“Vargas passed away in 2012, leaving behind a massive legacy as a musical artist, a cultural rebel, a social icon, and a multifaceted human being. Gund and Kyi parse the facts and disprove some myths, but overall capture the emotional essence of what made their subject so important the world over.”
— Film Threat
“Chavela’s explosive and passionate music was deeply rooted in her fiery and assertive temperament and unflinching desire to live. She loved women as intensively as she could, and she was entirely unapologetic of the homosexuality.”
— Dirty Movies
“Chavela is a film about the power of one woman’s music that is every bit as emotional as the songs she made legendary.”
— Alistair Ryder, Gay Essential
- Language: English
- Subtitles: German
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 – 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: DOKUMENTATION
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