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Chavela

Chavela is a vivid salute to the wild, unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame. Daring to sing traditionally male-crooned rancheras, perform in ponchos, and destroy senorita stereotypes, she became a national rebel and a queer icon in the process. Exploring everything from her hard-drinking lifestyle and her intense affair with Frida Kahlo to her roles as musical muse to Pedro Almodóvar,the biggest problem with Chavela might be that it isn’t long enough.”—The Mercury.

Appears in: Reel Music 35

Genres: Documentary