29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
“A trailblazing free spirit whose appetite for tequila and women was as legendary as her soul-stirring vocals, Mexican singer Chavela Vargas is given an adoring salute in this documentary portrait.”
— The Hollywood Reporter
Did Chavela really creep into women’s bedrooms, like Ava Gardner’s, late at night to steal them away from their husbands? Did she pack a pistol she sometimes shot off just for fun? Or have epic drinking binges with friends that started on Friday and ended the following Wednesday? Did she spend a year living with Frida Kahlo having a passionate romance with her? Chavela’s joyful, painful, musical and deeply spiritual journey to self-acceptance is the heart and soul of this documentary. An arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.
Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival
Directors Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
Producers Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
Duration 90 minutes