29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017


Sat 15 July / Town Hall Studio / 12:30 / Older Teens and up
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“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

Competition Entry
Irish Premiere

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

Year 2017
Country USA
Duration 90 minutes

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