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Chavela is a movie starring Eugenia León, Jesusa Rodríguez, and Tania Libertad. The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012.

Other Titles
チャベーラ, Chavela Vargas - Die Stimme Mexikos, Amor Puro y Duro: Love Hard & Pure, Chavela Vargas
Running Time
1 hours 33 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Music, Biography, History, Documentary
Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
Tania Libertad, Marcela Rodríguez, Eugenia León, Jesusa Rodríguez
Mexico, USA, Spain
Audio Languages
日本語, اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Japanese, اللغة_العربية, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Known as a raucous, entertaining raconteur, Chavela chose the stories she liked best, breathed life into them and made them manifest. In her amazing journey from a 14-year-old rejected runaway from Costa Rica to world renowned, Grammy winning Mexican icon, this dream weaver took bits and pieces of who she was and who she wanted to be and wove them into reality. Although she didn't officially "come out" until she was 81 years old, Chavela carefully crafted a public persona as a powerful, rebellious, free spirited outsider, a sexy sexual outlaw who blazed her own unique trail until she left the physical plane at the tender age of 93.

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Rebecca K.

First of all, I don't know if the issue that Maritain was a gay man is true or not. There are many things in the movie that are hard to accept, including his attitude towards religion. Also, how do you convince a man of being gay and believes in God to leave behind all his family, including his parents? In this movie, he ends up killing himself with the knowledge of God's love and grace. This is the tragedy that the Roman Catholic Church lives through every day. We are taught that these things aren't important. In the movie, we are reminded that Maritain's parents were so loving, they were able to tell their children that he was dying and that they would protect him from the unwanted advances of his lover. This is the exact same issue that happens to people around the world. You are taught that you are different, and you are forced to live your life in shame and fear. It is the responsibility of parents to protect their children from any form of harassment. In the end, he was exposed to so much hatred, that it led to his suicide. I think that this is a very emotional story about the struggle of a man to be accepted in his faith and to have someone accept him for who he is.

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Joyce R.

It was good to see Mr. Sundance be involved in this movie, and how he prepared for the event. He came in and worked with the producers and the directors and spent much of the time reading and discussing the lyrics of the songs. We have all heard them on the radio, and in movies. However, he never mentioned any of the words in the songs during his presentation. It was a shame that the only song he mentioned was "Stung". Overall, the movie was great, and I would have liked to have heard a bit more of the lyrics from the songs. So, overall, the movie was great, and I would recommend watching it.

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According to another reviewer, at the time of the genocide the Indochinese government was run by a government that was little concerned about human rights issues. As we see in the movie, that's what the Thai government is known for. But after the genocide, the Thai government adopted a more human-rights-oriented stance. The movie shows how the government acted, as well as the connections between the government and the international community, including the United Nations. The documentary includes interviews with people who witnessed the atrocities of the government and was accused of aiding them. It's a powerful documentary and one that I highly recommend.

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Frank Rice

At first glance, the film is a strange tale. When Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan stars in an independent documentary about C-IVA, it looks like a self-important director will star in a movie about the importance of C-IVA, and he certainly did, but instead, he basically admits that he "thought of" a screenplay about the C-IVA, which in fact was written by Karan Johar. And because Johar has been credited with helping make Khan an icon in Bollywood, his role in this documentary is almost negligible, as he is replaced by Kangana Ranaut. In fact, Johar is not even mentioned at all. The film itself seems very amateurish. The documentary contains only a very minimal amount of C-IVA memorabilia, and even that is almost irrelevant. The entire thing feels too scripted, with the camera positions practically every second, to allow us to truly feel the glory of the C-IVA. But because the main story of the C-IVA is irrelevant, it becomes quite boring. The real reason the C-IVA was made is about a great civil rights movement and the activities of Mahatma Gandhi, and why the C-IVA was called the Mahatma Mahanavati. I'd say it's a very average Bollywood movie about the importance of C-IVA. But what made the C-IVA great is the multi-racial population of India, and the strength of Mahatma Gandhi's ideas. It was a very important time in India, where India's diversity was very strong. So, what we have here is a kind of patriotic documentary. The C-IVA is a symbol of Indian diversity and a very important civil rights movement, but it seems like this documentary was just made to bring back to life a movie that was made at the wrong time. Overall, this is a very amateurish Bollywood movie. The only reason I give it a 7/10, is because it contains some good footage of the C-IVA.

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Yash Chopra is well known for his work with children's films. The power of the kids is seen in many of his films, from films such as Superstars, My Name is Khan to Kal Ho Naa Ho to Animal. In Raisin in the Sun, the youngest child's version of Calcutta has become a sensation of Indian cinema and is sure to be celebrated by the Indian diaspora. It is an artfully crafted film, featuring memorable characters, funny scenarios, and, most importantly, a lesson in humanity. At its core, the film is about the desperate desire to survive. It is narrated through the voice of the protagonist, Shashank, who tries to bring him back to his village from a job. He tells us of his love of music and the resentment of his caste when he returns home to a dreary, dead of the street, caste-ridden town. The film is about hope, despite the many difficulties facing a child in a country like India. The film is about the irrational desire to change the conditions that have made their lives unbearable. The film features the work of almost all the actors. Though, the soundtrack has been a pivotal component in the film, it is the performances of the children that make it a memorable experience. The young actors, whether young or old, do an incredible job of conveying the emotion of the characters. One could question the motivation behind the actions of the child's - but, the boys are especially good in conveying that emotion of hope and rebellion. The animation of the children's faces also helps create a sense of reality. The film takes an interesting path in its narration. It is a musical film, and the voices of the children are recorded with some more extreme measures that would make it very hard for them to speak. The film relies on music and does a good job of holding it together, even when they are at odds with one another. This is in sharp contrast to the other films of Chopra and his style. Overall, a nice and inspirational film that deserves to be watched by everyone. Recommended.

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Helen K.

Raghavan's documentary "Raghavan Nagar", is a good documentary about the various worlds of the Hindi film industry, made in the context of the film festival that was held in Nagpur in 2015. The festival was presented by Kishore Films. This documentary tells about the process of the original writers of the films being invited to the festival, being entertained and screened at the festival. The festival is a great showcase for film makers who came with all their pitch, which makes them live up to their expectations. The documentary then goes into the state of film making in Nagpur and highlights some of the most ambitious film makers, especially Satyen Chakraborty, Satyen Chander, Prem Kumar, Prashant and even Esha Gupta. The success of the festival was mainly due to the festival winning the hearts and minds of the local filmmakers and a large number of awards were given to them in the movie industry. The festival was a success both in terms of the success of the films, but also in terms of raising awareness about the film industry in Nagpur and also raising awareness about the film industry in India. In my opinion this is a must watch documentary.

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A documentary which looks into the lives of the people from the areas where Ramgopal's 4 train incident took place. The documentary is narrated by a person who was there, and his views on the incident and aftermath, being the closest person who was there. While this is a very personal documentary, it has its moments where it is an eye-opener to see what the people had to go through. One thing that is never really explored is how Ramgopal and his family came to the decision to take the train. The documentary really comes to an end with the character of Vidya (Rani Mukherjee), a woman who lost her daughter in the incident and made her a promise to take the train at all costs. While watching the documentary I was reminded of the documentary 'India and the World'. This was because of the voice-over narration and the documentary itself being a joint venture between the BBC, BBC World Service and the Indian government. While some of the documentary footage looks a bit outdated, I did appreciate the beauty of the countryside of India, which gives a real sense of place. I do think it is interesting to see how India has evolved over the years, with all the change that has taken place in the country since independence. While it is not a documentary of a day in the life of the victims, the documentary does give the viewer a good look at what it is like for the families of the deceased. I would recommend this documentary to anybody who is interested in India, or any other country for that matter.

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Beverly P.

The film starts out with a real lecture, which starts off well, but gets boring towards the end. The camera angles are hard to follow, and the best parts of the film are the slides. Some of the slides are actually quite funny, but most are boring and out of place. The only part that has some merit is when Chhay Gavai is shown. He is introduced and his performance is wonderful, and really shows his depth. However, the film does not develop him at all. Chhay Gavai's journey is done in a dull way. The only highlight in the film is an interview with Robert Taylor, who is shown telling his story. At the end, you think that the film is about Chhay Gavai, but it is not. The film does not have a conclusion. The film is overrated, but it still has some merit.

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Filmmaker and music curator Janis Joplin (vivid and compelling in her portrayal) wanted to see the world through the eyes of her fans - her hometown of Peoria, Illinois. But she knew that most of the scenes in this documentary were impossible to film - she was on hand when the family sold the house to a land developer, she could not attend the funeral of her older sister because of a hurricane, she could not get tickets for the "Super" concert at Chicago's O2 Arena. So, in a last-ditch effort to ensure the public's participation in this surreal journey, she persuaded a trusted friend, Joe Clark (Tony Bennett), to write the liner notes to the "Super" album. Joplin did not record her album with an orchestra, so Clark (who usually helped Joplin with the vocals) had to improvise. This is an excellent movie, but it's a shame that Joplin never had the chance to attend the unveiling of the "Super" album at the O2 Arena.

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How do you get to be one of the most prominent figures of the gay and lesbian community without dying a homosexual's death? You don't, you just get an influence, which is something you don't even need. You can get an influence by having money, fame, women, good friends, social status, or even an unshakable affection for the people you love. In other words, you just "get to be a gay". In other words, no one can make a difference without the gay community. There are many reasons for this, including being born gay, having someone you love, being raised by friends, or being in an "elite" organization where you are given special status. But it's the media that is doing it. The lesbian community is a conglomerate of people, organizations, and culture, and the media takes advantage of this by using certain social groups for sensationalizing their existence. There are homosexuals that are either "mentally retarded" or are even born with a physical handicap. However, it is a very small group of people. A gay man is not a homosexual and never will be, period. This documentary shows this reality in a humorous and real way. The film follows the life of two brothers in the gay community, Will and Brad. The brothers are in their early 30's and have been together since childhood. They have been together through thick and thin, and their lives have been extraordinary. The documentary tells their story through a series of interviews and recreations of their old times. Will is the elder, with an average IQ of about 75, and Brad is the younger, with a 30 IQ. They are married and have children. This documentary shows how all three of them came to the same conclusion: "You are not the same." They don't really agree on anything. They just are. Will tries to be the guy that has everything and Brad wants nothing, and they both need something to remind themselves of what they love. This is the crux of the film. They need someone to care for them, someone to hold the important things in their life, something that is special, and that can be cherished and valued. The problem is that they don't really love anyone. They love themselves. This is not a simple way to feel love, but it is the way that they feel love. If they didn't need someone to hold their life together, they wouldn't be together. So, the brothers get some sort of "helper", but instead of one individual, they get two. This is where the documentary falls apart. They are not married, and each of them has their own room. The roommates are not married,

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The film shows the underbelly of India. The director has taken the trouble to film in the slums and the working class of Kolkata, and shown how bad things are. The slums are the place to see and it's so very depressing. The camera pans from the trees, in front of streets with mud underfoot, to the slums with wads of money.The music by Nasser Hussain (Rediff in-exile) adds to the grim and depressing mood. You could hardly turn the TV off or switch off the lights. Sometimes the camera is there for a good 20 seconds. Many of the slums are teeming with gangsters, the middle class and families living in abject poverty. During one scene, we see a butcher in his hut with his family of about 4 children. The young boy is as young as 2. He is lost in a jungle of slums. The camera lingers on him, and the camera zooms in on his face. He looks empty inside, he is lost, alone. This is the reality. The director has found what was lacking. The best part of the film is the interviews given by the students of the college of engineering. I highly recommend the film, to be watched with a friend or a family member.

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Movies are pretty much a means for gaining popularity. Many people enjoy movies in order to gain "positive" image of "their" culture. Hence, these films that are made by a "filmmaker" (a person who has the idea to make an artistic film) has a lot of success. Many famous directors have been made because of this reason. However, there are some filmmakers who feel that they can express their thoughts about their culture through the medium of movies. Such as Federico Fellini (not a very known director) or Werner Herzog (also not a very known director). These filmmakers express their views through their movies. Films like Metropolis, Dr. Strangelove, Apocalypse Now, Traffic, and The Deer Hunter are good examples of this. I don't want to spoil the movie for you because I want you to think about these movies. What are you gonna do with these movies? Well, I really didn't tell you to go watch them (if you haven't seen them, don't worry. Go watch them). So, to sum it up, movies are good for gaining popularity. But movies are also good for gaining your opinion. In my opinion, movies are worth watching. You can watch it for yourself or for a friend. Just take my word for it.

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Frank B.

I must say I was not expecting much from this documentary as there were many documentaries that I have seen in the past that were actually very good, but I wasn't expecting it to be this good. I really enjoyed the interviews with the actual writers of the song. It was interesting to hear some of the background story on the songs and who they were supposed to be from. It was also nice to hear some old interviews of other people who were involved in the making of the movie. The songs themselves were very interesting to listen to as they were actually written and recorded while the movie was still in production. I thought it was interesting to see how different the writers of the song felt about the song and the film as a whole. I also thought it was interesting to hear the stories behind some of the other songs that were featured in the movie. The only song that I felt could have been cut from the movie was "We Are Young". The entire scene with the children singing "We Are Young" was really boring and unnecessary. However, the rest of the scenes and song were very enjoyable. The other songs are all very good and very appropriate for the movie, such as the Venerable song "Hey Ronda" which is also from the film. The actors who were featured in the movie were also very good in their roles. I feel that the actors who were featured were also part of the reason why this movie is so good. Overall, I really enjoyed this documentary. It was very interesting and entertaining to hear their stories and the music that was used to create the song. If you want to learn about the making of "Saving Grace", I would highly recommend this documentary.

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Christian Hill

When I heard about this movie and heard that it was basically a documentary about the Irish battle against the British I immediately thought "this is going to be good". In the first part of the movie I was pretty impressed. It didn't give the impression that it was a documentary as much as it presented the people behind the scenes of the Irish rebels and how they managed to take on the British army and still have enough to sustain themselves. But there were a few problems. Firstly, the way the story was told was very episodic. Most of the documentary was only about one person and the rest of the time we didn't really get much background on the Irish rebels. I think they should have done a bit more research and added a little bit more background to the narrative but it felt like we were just watching a documentary rather than actually watching a documentary. Secondly, the characters weren't well developed or interesting. They were just there to give background and talk about history but it felt like we never really got to know them. But overall I think it's a good documentary. If you're interested in the history of the Irish rebellion you'll definitely enjoy it.

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The portrayal of Ramdas' childhood is so amazing that I cannot even write a comment here on the documentary. The most astonishing thing is the film portrays that he was extremely happy. He was passionate about music. The people he met in the village were his family. He loved them, admired them, he was the only one who was with them throughout his childhood and adolescence. The group who performed the festival songs were his friends. Every day they went to the town for dinner and sang the songs to their hearts' content. It is quite a curious story to have been witnessed. In my opinion the film is very much worth watching. The story of a man who was a toy factory worker, only a toy factory worker, and a boy who was not really like anyone he ever met. And of course the song sung by "C.N.L".

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Jason Reyes

I thought it was very interesting to hear the reactions of real people to the images shown here. It's not surprising to hear the naysayers, but it was worth hearing people's thoughts. A few remarks about the people interviewed: I know a few of the people in the movie, but I would have loved to have been the one to interview them. I know several people who did not want to appear in the film, and I'm sorry to say that I am one of them. I knew it would be controversial to include people in the film, and I even wanted to be included in it, but I just did not want to stand out. I'm very glad that the movie's makers did not, as I had a hard time seeing any negative reactions to my work. So, I did not want to be the one to be named as a naysayer. I think I'm more qualified than most to judge the film, as I do a lot of research in my life to understand different cultures, and the world in which I live. So, I was a bit hesitant when I heard of the protests of real people against the movie, but after hearing from them, and realizing that I am one of them, I really wanted to be included in the film, which is what the film wanted me to do. A few comments about the images used in the film: I love to see how different countries and cultures look at one another and the relationship between the two. I love it. I thought that the film included a lot of the real people who were involved in the protests, which was interesting. I saw a lot of pictures of U.S. military bases, and I was interested to see what it looked like. I was also interested to see what a young American soldier did in Rwanda. I saw many of the images as references, as I have studied African history, and I think that is what it was about. I saw a lot of pictures of French soldiers, and they were really interesting. I was also fascinated to see what happened when the French troops left the country. The pictures were quite interesting, as they showed what happened in the cities after the French left. I liked the very nice photography. The photographs were very well selected. I would have loved to have been the one to interview more of them. My thanks to the film makers and the crew. It's a good movie. It's like what the movie "Life is Beautiful" was like: it was very nice. Thank you for listening. Thank you for being there for me.

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Larry Guerrero

If you are a fan of Indian history, you'll most likely love this film. But if you're not, this film will leave you with a big question mark in your mind. I can't say it was an accurate history lesson, but it was a very entertaining film. The movie was shot over a period of two years, so you have a feel of a bit of a breeze in the film. The only thing that bothered me was the acting of each actor, especially Savarkar. He was not consistent, and he was doing his own special acting style. But the biggest problem was the overacting of Sabyasachi Chatterjee. I can't say that the movie was one dimensional, but it did not portray any of the personalities of the Indian rulers very well. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that the film did not present India as a unified country. They portrayed this country as a nation that was divided into various small states, or regions, in the country. This is the problem, it does not present a cohesive picture of India, and instead of it portraying the history of India, it gives the impression of different states with different issues. This can be seen in many of the scenes in the film. Overall, this is a very entertaining film with some interesting stuff to look at. The film also left me with a feeling of a big question mark on my mind. Overall, I really liked this film and it was a good watch. 7/10

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Michael Jackson

I'm in my early twenties and I have seen lots of documentaries on the arts. "Chavela" was the most honest documentary I have ever seen. It is a very well crafted film about one of the most important parts of our lives. This movie is for all people who want to know more about their profession and its place in society. This is an important documentary and I recommend it to everyone. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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Jane Guzman

the first part of this documentary is great because the documentary director gets to talk about himself, the bad times and good times and his enthusiasm for the project. At the beginning he says something about how he can relate to it. he must have been inspired by movies such as "the late great" (the father in "the late great" is his grandson) and "the long and short of it". But the second part of the documentary just shows him talking about a few of his favorite songs and doing his own interpretations. the singer "Jill Didi" does not appear and he did not seem to talk much about the movie. The other film director "Pablo's La Amistad" was not mentioned at all in the film. The third part of the documentary about the experience of the films creators is also great, but what is there is just talking about the music. The final part of the documentary is a bit long. The audience could have been there but did not want to be, because the movie is not very interesting.

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Sharon Little

The real problem with Dirty Dancing is that it's not a musical in the classical sense. It has many songs, some of them being catchy, but they're not the driving force of the story. It's not an opera either. I've never seen the film itself, but if it was an opera, it would have to have a longer opera title song. The thing is, though, if this is a musical, the songs should be the driving force. I can imagine that a lot of people who like Dirty Dancing might be put off by the fact that the songs don't fit well with the film. I can imagine a lot of people in America are put off by the fact that the songs are dubbed. However, the one thing that everyone can agree on is that all the songs are excellent. I was especially impressed by the title song "In My Dreams". It's a beautiful song, one of the best songs of the 90's and one of my favorite songs in the world. While it's just a tune, it's more than just a tune. It's more than just a tune that has no real purpose in the film. The lyrics are also great. It's sung by Mariah Carey and it's a very lyrical song. Even though the song is sung with the voice of Mariah Carey, the lyric is still about her. It's very emotional and I think it should get a lot more recognition. The problem is, though, the lyrics are translated into Spanish and that's hard to understand. So people who speak Spanish have to put up with songs that are in English but aren't anything more than a catchy song. While this might be an aspect of the film, it doesn't affect the film as a whole as much as people are put off by the dubbed versions. But overall, this is an excellent movie that makes for a great soundtrack. This is a perfect film for someone who's looking for something that they can get into and dance to. I know that I'm a fan of the film and I like it very much.

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Amber Hall

In the first half of the movie, I would say it was a pretty strong movie but after that I would say it was as one of the weakest movies in years. But after that I started to laugh and I started to become interested in the movie. I think this movie is a lot like other Indian movies. One of the worst movie in years. I watched this movie and it was just a bunch of Bollywood actors and the story is about the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. What was the movie about? What was the point of the movie? And the movie was full of gay jokes and not anything else. I would say this movie is one of the worst of the year. I give this movie a thumbs down.