Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival presents: Chavela, a film by Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
Mexico, 2017, Documentary, 90 min
Spanish, English with English Subtitles
Winning the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Frameline and the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Outfest, CHAVELA is a thought-provoking, bittersweet tribute to one of best unknown treasures in music history. Chavela Vargas sang traditional rancheras songs like no other, and when she sang everyone who heard her could feel her pain and their own. She garnered attention from many celebrities, including Frida Kahlo, Ava Gardner, and Pedro Almodovar. While she never said the words “gay” or “lesbian,” Chavela was open about her lesbian experiences, even as she wore masculine clothing and sang about women. CHAVELA is an unique and somewhat controversial look at a woman who didn’t give a you-know-what about anyone and lived her life to the fullest, leaving behind an impressive legacy.
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