Chavela (doc.)

Thursday, 2.11. 20h, Youth center of Belgrade
Saturday, 4.11. 21h, Cultural center of Novi Sad
Friday, 3.11. 21h, KC Kupina Film (Puppet theatre Nis)

Director: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Runtime: 93’
Language: Spanish, English
Cast: Pedro Almodóvar, Elena Benarroch, Miguel Bosé

Production: Aubin Pictures
Distribution: Latido Films

Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

Director’s biography
Catherine Gund, the Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, and the environment. She has three films in production: Dispatches from Cleveland, Chavela, and American Rhapsody. Her completed films – which include , Born to Fly, What’s On Your Plate?, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! – have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Sundance Channel.
Daresha Kyi is an award-winning filmmaker and television producer with over 25 years in the business. After working in the New York City independent film community, she decided to attend film school and became a member of the scholars program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with a degree in Film & TV. She wrote, produced, directed and co-starred in Land Where My Fathers Died with Isaiah Washington. She served as executive producer of the award-winning short, Thugs, The Musical!   Most recently she was a field producer on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, story producer on La Voz Kids (Telemundo’s The Voice for children), and the writer for the weekend morning talk show Arise & Shine, hosted by Richard Pryor’s daughter, Rain.

Festivals and awards:
Berlin International Film Festival, 2017
Audience Award, Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2017
Honorable Mention, Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2017
Audience Award, L.A. Outfest , 2017
Grand Jury Award, L.A. Outfest , 2017
Sydney International Film Festival, 2017
Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2017