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TO BE RESCHEDULED – Film Screening and Discussion: Chavela

March 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Produced and Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi. 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.
Winner of the Golden Athena Award at Athens International Film Festival, Best Documentary Jury Award at OUTShine, Best Documentary at OutFest and Way Out West Film Fest, The Bobik Award at Side by Side LGBT Film Festival Russia, and Audience Award Winner at Frameline 41, OutFest, InsideOut Toronto, FIRE! Barcelona, OUTShine, and more.
Founder of Aubin Pictures, Catherine Gund 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. Gund’s most recent projects include: Dispatches from Cleveland (2017), a five-chapter documentary that looks at the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice; and Chavela (2017), a documentary about the life of the iconic Latin-American gender-bending diva, Chavela Vargas. Her past films include America (2019), Born to Fly (2014), What’s On Your Plate? (2009), A Touch of Greatness (2005), Motherland Afghanistan (2007), Making Grace (2004), On Hostile Ground (2001), and Hallelujah! Ron Athey (1998), which have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Sundance Channel.
Co-sponsored with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Cultures (CLACLS), the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), The Feminist Press, the PhD Program in Latin American Iberian, and Latino Cultures, and Women Writing Women’s Lives.



March 23, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Room C201/C202
Graduate Center, CUNY
New York, United States
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