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“Chavela” Documents Life Of Out Lesbian Mexican Icon; Screens At NWFF Next Week


The highly acclaimed film CHAVELA has had several successful local film festival screenings this year but now it returns for two days only to Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill on November 8th and 9th.

CHAVELA is centered on the iconic Mexican singer Chavela Vargas who dared to bend gender norms in conservative 20th century Mexico as an out lesbian and became a national icon to all Mexicans, straight and gay.

More info on the film and the trailer:


Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes 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.

“This tuneful portrait of Chavela Vargas, “born singing” in 1919 Costa Rica, admiringly explores her impact on the world of Mexican music as an out lesbian … a charismatic figure and a great artist.” – Moira McDonald, Seattle Times

“Chavela is a vivid portrayal of an artistic, social and sexual rebel whose difficult but finally triumphant life finally proved that there sometimes really are second acts in showbiz lives.” – Jonathan Romney, Screen International

Wed Nov 08:
Thu Nov 09:

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Directed by Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
1h 33m
Series – Music in Motion

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