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Chavela

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Original title
Chavela
Year
Running time
90 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Music
Gil Talmi
Cinematography
Natalia Cuevas, Catherine Gund, Paula Gutiérrez Orio
Cast
Producer
Co-production United States-Mexico-Spain; Aubin Pictures
Genre
Documentary | Music Documentary
Synopsis / Plot
Singer Chavela Vargas gained a name for herself firstly in Mexico and later worldwide chiefly for her interpretation of traditional rancheras. These songs were mainly composed by men and mostly speak of unfulfilled love for women, world-weariness and loneliness. Chavela performed them with her own unique feeling for rhythm and her distinctively rough and yet vulnerable voice. The unpublished material in this film, as well as the interviews with Chavela herself and her contemporaries, colleagues and partners have resulted in an affectionate portrait of a charismatic and exceptional artist - who was openly lesbian throughout her life.
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