Director/producer Catherine Gund in attendance.
According to The Guardian, legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas is “probably Donald Trump’s ultimate nightmare: a Mexican lesbian diva who can wring your very soul.” The Hollywood Reporter calls her “a trailblazing free spirit whose appetite for tequila and women was as legendary as her soul-stirring vocals.”
Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the life of this iconoclastic, game-changing artist. Her relaxed, conversational tone as she chats with a group of young lesbian admirers in 1991 offers viewers a rare, intimate look at this iconic singer at a pivotal time in her journey. Having just returned to the stage after 12 hard years lost to alcoholism, and a painful breakup with the love of her life, Vargas soon would head to Spain and rise like a phoenix from the ashes.
Strong, funny and vitally alive, Vargas was in her prime at 71. This unique interview serves as the spine running throughout the film, which explores her fascinating life from her birth in Costa Rica to her everlasting presence on earth in the form of passionate love songs and deep relationships that people will never forget.
Directors: Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi, USA. 1 hour, 30 minutes
Sponsored By: Thomas Lauderdale, Norm Kalbfleisch & Neil Matteucci
Community Partners: Latino Network & PDXLatinxPride