"La Chana": The Movie
The broadcast of this expected documentary about the life of this Catalan dancer in cinemas and festivals all around the world has now come true.
The film, directed by Lucija Stojevik, goes through her artistic and personal life: Antonia Santiago Amador, also known as La Chana, was raised in L'Hospitalet (Barcelona), in a humble gipsy family, where she learnt to dance in family celebrations, and listening to the radio. She started in his uncle’s flamenco tablaos (his uncle was a profesional guitarist). Her wild and fast style, full of energy, made her a natural relief for Carmen Amaya. Peter Sellers discovered her in Los Tarantos (Barcelona), hired her for his movie "The Bobo" (1967) and invited her to work in Hollywood. According to the documentary, her husband did not allow her to go there, just like he wouldn’t let her do so many things. Actually, in the late 70s, when she was peaking, she was forced to quit dancing.
Filled with footage of spectacular flamenco dance and music, this film brings us under the skin and into the irrepressible spirit of this eccentric woman with an uncanny gift for rhythm who, despite all odds, enjoys a comeback in her late sixties.
"When La Chana dances, her soul submerges and roams around such deep places ; hence the importance of knowing her life. It helps to understand the artist’s dance", said Stojevic, who discovered the dancer through a common friend, and was really surprised nobody else had shot a documentary about "such great cultural treasure".
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Finally, we are leaving you the tráiler of the documentary here… don’t miss it!!!