CHAVELA is the captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame.

Chavela

Documentary | Foreign | Music & Musicals | 2017

Cast

Chavela Vargas, Pedro Almodóvar, Elena Benarroch, Miguel Bosé, Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte y Noroña, Liliana Felipe, Patria Jiménez Flores, Laura García-Lorca, Martirio Gira, Mariana Gyalui, José Alfredo Jiménez Jr., Eugenia León, Tania Libertad, Diana Ortega, Tlany Ortega, Jesusa Rodríguez, Marcela Rodríguez, Betty-Carol Sellen

Synopsis

CHAVELA is the captivating portrait of beloved singer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of popular Ranchera songs made her a beloved figure in Mexico, even as her androgynous appearance and unconventional life challenged norms of the day. After disappearing from the public eye for decades, Chavela makes a triumphant return to the stage, earning her a new level of international fame late in life.

Producers

Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi

Director

Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi

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