La Chana was one of the greatest stars in the flamenco world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative style and breathtaking use of rhythm in the 1960s and 1970s. Peter Sellers, with whom she features in The Bobo (1967), invited her to Hollywood. Instead, at the peak of her career, she disappeared from the scene.
LA CHANA brings us close to the heart and mind of La Chana, the self-taught Gypsy dancer, Antonia Santiago Amador, as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a break of two decades. Along the way, LA CHANA reveals the secret behind her disappearance: for 18 years she was the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her first husband.
In this dramatic story about the process and power of creativity, about aging, perseverance and re-invention, La Chana crystallizes the inevitable clashes between her life’s extremes and contradictions; between the artist on stage and the woman behind the scenes.
“La Chana is ultimately a film that celebrates a woman’s strength to confront and rise above tragedy in her life.” - Lucija Stojevic, Hot Docs Profile
"Buoyed by the passionate energy of its irrepressible sexagenarian subject, it's a lively compendium …as the Catalan superstar nicknamed La Chana surveys the emotional rollercoaster of her tough life and remarkable career while gearing up for one last comeback." - Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Winner: IDFA 2016 Audience Award (out of 300 films) at its World Premiere!
Director/Producer: Lucjia Stojevic
Producer: Dierdre Towers Delegate Producer: Noon Films SL Co-Producers (USA): Susan Muska & Greta Olafsdottir (Bless Bless Productions)
Production Coordinator: Sandra Olsina Documentalist & Assistant Director: Lucia Sances
Associate producer, Expert Advice & Coordination: Beatriz del Pozo
Director of Photography: Samuel Navarrete Editing: Domi Parra, Irene Coll
Camera: Carlos Villaoslada, Ferran Gassiot, Lucija Stojevic and Xavi Sibecas
Sound Design: Alejandro Castillo Motion Graphics and Graphic Design: Andrés Bartos Original Music composed by: Ernesto Briceño
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In collaboration with RTVE, TV3 Televisió de Catalunya , ICEC, IFC
Fiscal Sponsor: New York Women in Film & Television