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All audiences
Lucija Stojevic, 2016 83 minutes Spain, Iceland, USA Spanish 1 June 2017 Dutch

An intimate portrait of Gypsy flamenco dancer La Chana as she returns to the stage after a 23-year break and uncovers the secret why she disappeared at the peak of her career.

She was one of the greatest stars in the flamenco world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative style and breath-taking 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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FILM IS IN SPANISH, WITH DUTCH SUBTITLES.

★★★★ NRC -  'Het is onmogelijk om tijdens het kijken je voeten stil te houden. Deze film vertelt niet alleen. Hij maakt de dans voelbaar. Hij is dans.'

★★★★ de Volkskrant - 'De betovering die La Chana teweegbracht slaat over op de kijker.'

★★★★ Trouw -  'Een vrouw als La Chana met zo'n karakter en zo'n verleden is goud voor elke documentairemaker: het bevat passie, vreugde en verdriet en een schurk die we allemaal haten.'