"Singer and queer icon, Chavela Vargas and her unique perspective on the world is remembered and celebrated in this thoughtful documentary...The result is a lyrical film so evidently crafted with love that it’s impossible not to fall hard for Chavela and its subject." - Maria Cabrera, Gal-Dem.comRead More
"This engrossing documentary by Catherine Gund, and Daresha Kyi has a wealth of archival footage, including a very revealing interview with Chavela recorded in 1992. It was however the liberal use of clips of her performing through various parts of her life and career that really captured the true essence of why this legendary singer was so adored." - QueerGuruRead More
Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi’s award-winning Chavela Vargas documentary has found a home. Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. rights to “Chavela” and is planning a theatrical release for October. - Women and Hollywood/VarietyRead More
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"How does one pay a cinematographic tribute to an icon such as Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, who embodies utter simplicity and utmost complexity at the same time? This is what filmmakers Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi achieved with their documentary Chavela, a moving and thought-provoking portrait of the enigmatic singer who helped change the way we see ranchera music and who redefined what it means to be a female singer in the macho world of Mexico."
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"Un trabajo que proyecta la vida y obra de la costarricense más mexicana"
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"El recibimiento en Berlín fue inmejorable: las localidades para las presentaciones se agotaron y un largo y emotivo aplauso coronó el estreno."
from The Berlinale receives documentary on Chavela Vargas with great emotion. - La JornadaRead More
"Chavela is an exceptional documentary because in 90 minutes it focuses on the image and life of the artist without shrinking away from her contradictions, her pains (she died still enraged because of her mother's lack of love for her), her passions and her talent. Yesterday in Berlin the applause was well deserved."
"Chavela es un documental excepcional porque en 90 minutos fija la imagen y la vida de la artista sin regatear sus contradicciones, sus dolores (murió aún rabiosa por la falta de amor de su madre con ella), sus pasiones y su talento. Ayer en Berlín el aplauso fue merecido."
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"After the singer’s death, Gund began to revisit the tapes and found a treasure trove of raw, authentic Chavela contained within the fading magnetic tape. Teaming up with Kyi, an old friend and fellow filmmaker, Gund set out to bring the tapes back to live within the context of Chavela’s career and living legacy."Read More
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