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La Chana

“I was born to dance. I would lay awake all night long, repeating the rhythms in my head
until they became a part of me” -La Chana

In the 1960s and 1970s, self-taught Gypsy dancer, Antonia Santiago Amador, known as La Chana, was one of the biggest stars in the flamenco world, surprising audiences worldwide with her innovative style and use of rhythm. Peter Sellers, with whom she features in The Bobo (1967), invited her to Hollywood. Instead, at the peak of her career, she suddenly disappeared from the scene.

LA CHANA is a feature documentary that brings us under the skin and into the mind of La Chana 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 creation, 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.

Crew

About the film

  • Type
    Documentary
  • International Premiere Date
    November 17, 2016, IDFA
  • Length
    82 min.
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Original Title
    La Chana
  • International Title
    La Chana
  • Production Year
    2016
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, United States, Spain
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Color
    Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP, English subtitles

Company Credits

Festivals

  • 2018
    Dock of the Bay Film Festival, San Sebastian
  • 2018
    Budapest International Documentary Festival
  • 2017
    Flamenco Biennale, Netherlands
  • 2017
    DocPoint Helsinki
  • 2017
    DocPoint Tallinn
  • 2017
    Tempo Documentary Film Festival
  • 2017
    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
  • 2017
    Assen International Film Festival
  • 2017
    Women & Film
  • 2017
    Vera Film Festival
  • 2017
    Málaga Film Festival
  • 2017
    Hot Docs, Toronto
  • 2017
    Dok.Fest Munich
  • 2017
    Ambulante
  • 2017
    Europe on Screen
  • 2017
    Le Voci dell’Inchiesta - Award: Audience Award.
  • 2017
    Beldocs
  • 2017
    DocAviv
  • 2017
    Cinédoc Tbilisi
  • 2017
    TRT Documentary Days
  • 2017
    Docs Against Gravity - Award: Chopin's Nose Award for Best Documentary.
  • 2017
    Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival
  • 2017
    Docs Barcelona
  • 2017
    Crossing Europe
  • 2017
    Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • 2017
    AFI Docs
  • 2017
    In-Edit Brasil
  • 2017
    Maine International Film Festival
  • 2017
    Best of Hot Docs Vancouver
  • 2017
    Ciclo de Flamenco y Cine Sevilla
  • 2017
    Curacao Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • 2017
    New Zealand International Film Festival
  • 2017
    Fünf Seen Film Festival
  • 2017
    Cerdanya Film Festival - Award: Special Mention.
  • 2017
    See the Sound
  • 2016
    IDFA - Award: Audience Award.
  • 2016
    DOK Leipzig