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Cervantes Film Series: Relatos de la Resistencia: La Chana

April 5

12:00 pm MST (available for 96 hours)
Instituto Cervantes Vimeo Channel Here

Relatos de la Resistencia: Buscando un lugar en el mundo

La Chana reveals the story of a mythical dancer who rose to stardom and then plunged into anonymity. The profound gaze of director Lucija Stojevic – who has recently returned to portraiture with her documentary Pepi Fandango (2023) – follows her protagonist to understand how the artistic vocation of a woman like her could survive and be recreated throughout her life.

Synopsis: A self-taught dancer, Antonia Santiago Amador, known as la Chana, lives a quiet life in Catalonia. Between 1960 and 1980, she was one of the biggest stars of the flamenco world, astonishing with her innovative, fast-paced style and inventive use of rhythm. Peter Sellers, with whom she appeared in The Bobo (1967), invited her to Hollywood. And suddenly, at the peak of her career, she disappeared from the scene. Decades of dancing have worn out her body. Sensual, vulnerable, yet seemingly invincible, she transports us to the essence of her passion as she returns to the stage after a twenty-five-year hiatus.

Director/s: Lucija Stojevic | Year: 2017 | Format: Digital | Running time: Largometraje – 82 min | Genre: Documental | Country: España | Original version: español | Subtitles: inglés, francés | portugués (de Brasil), italiano, español | Rated: SC

Relators de la Resistencia: Buscando un lugar en el mundo, the strength of documentary filmmaking in Spain is a phenomenon with three decades of history. The work of the monographic festivals has been crucial to maintain its strength and validity among the public interested in the new expressive forms of cinema, but also among those who seek in the documentary to know the perspective and experiences of others, often very distant spatially, temporally, and culturally.

In collaboration with the DocsBarcelona festival, this online film series that stars the month of April on our Vimeo channel brings together four documentaries that allow us to meet people whose lives are marked by adventure, and not always in its most positive interpretation. In addition, the direction of these works tells us about the place from where we elaborate the stories of loss, but also those of survival and overcoming.

April 4: La Chana (2017), by Lucija Stojevic
April 11: Los Bilbao (2022), by Pedro Speroni
April 18: Light Falls Vertical (2022), by Efthymia Zymvragaki
April 25: Querida Sara (2021), by Patricia Franquesa


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