LA CHANA — Review by Jennifer Merin

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la chana posterCapturing all of the passion and personal expression that permeates flamenco and illuminates the dance form’s most engaging performers, Lucija Stojevic’s La Chana profiles the career and artistry of Antonia Santiago Amador, the hugely popular flamenco goddess revered by dance afficiandos for her force of nature spirit and extraordinary footwork. The great La Chana’s career peaked during the late 1960s, just before she inexplicably shunned her celebrity and mysteriously vanished from the dance world. Continue reading…

With her intimate interview style, Barcelone-based filmmaker Stojevic delves into Amador’s complex personality and her complex relationahip with men in her personal and professional life. The character revelations gleaned in the up close and personal interviews are always punctuated with spectacular footage of emotional performances that are quite opposite in tone to La Chana’s current, very quiet and somewhat solitary life in Barcelona. She now focuses her attention on talented young female flamenco dancers, generously coaching them to greatness.

The film’s biggest reveal is that La Chana, now elderly and actually confined to dancing while sitting down, is preparing for her comeback. a performance that will entice friends and fans from around the globe to see her once again on stage. The film treats us to a preview of her still awesome footwork — and it is an absolutely amazing.

Amador’s life story and the way in which the dancer is profiled are expressions of feminist determination and accomplishment. La Chana was nominated for an AWFJ EDA Award at IDFA, where the film premiered in November 2016. It has played the festival circuit and is now being released in the USA, with a premiere theatrical engagement in April, which includes a live performance by the one and only La Chana. For its artistry and as a source of inspiration, La Chana is a must-see.

Read AWFJ’s interview with La Chana director Lucija Stojevic on THE FEMALE GAZE

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