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September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 7:40 PM


Directed by Catherine Gund & Daresha Kym
(Mexico /Spain / USA, In Spanish with English Subtitles, 93min., 2017)

“Donald Trump’s ultimate nightmare – a Mexican lesbian diva who can wring your very soul.”  – Jonathan Romney, The Guardian

CHAVELA is the captivating look at the 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.

Born in Costa Rica in 1919, Chavela Vargas ran away to Mexico City as a teenager to sing in the streets. By the 1950s, she became a household name in her adopted country, delivering her performances with a raw passion and unique voice. Just as influential were her cultural contributions; Chavela was a bold, rebellious, sexual pioneer who was known for having many female lovers at a time when being out in Mexico was dangerous.

CHAVELA centers around a 1991 interview—the singer’s first public appearance after 15 hard years lost to alcoholism and heartbreak. In the final years of her life, Chavela openly comes out as a lesbian and rises into her momentous third act,
becoming a muse to filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, earning a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and selling out performances at prestigious concert halls around the world.


Special Return Engagement! One Show Only!

Check out the trailer here.


Sponsored by Milwaukee Pride


Tickets at door
Free to UWM Students & UWM Union Cinema Members.

Double Feature Price!
Get this: CHAVELA is presented as part of a DOUBLE FEATURE, screening before the 7:45pm show of SHAKEDOWN. SHAKEDOWN is Leilah Weinraub’s documentary about the parties of the same name founded by and created for African American women in Los Angeles. The parties, featuring go-go dancing, strip shows and more, became an essential space in the city’s lesbian underground scene.

For only $5 stay and also see SHAKEDOWN at 7:45pm. Or separate admission for each film: $5.


September 27, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:40 PM


Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival


UWM Union Cinema
2nd Level, UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, United States
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