A singular force of nature, Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas dared to live openly and proudly as a queer diva who followed in nobody’s footsteps as she pushed her culture’s boundaries. A controversial icon who spoke her mind, dressed against the norm, and created beautiful music, Vargas was also a tortured soul who struggled with alcoholism and fame. With never-before-seen interview footage, the award-winning Chavela gives you the chance to discover this extraordinary woman-her story, wisdom, infectious spirit and emotionally stirring art. Featuring remarkable musical performances and touching tributes from loved ones and experts, including filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
December 8, 2017 3:30pm to December 17, 2017 5:15pm