La Chana / La Chana

 

Lucija Stojević 
82 min, 2016, Španija

Sodni stolp, petek, 8.9.2017, ob 20.00 uri.

O filmu

 

“Rojena sem bila za ples. Cele noči sem prebedela in ponavljala ritme v glavi dokler niso postali del mene” – La Chana

Bila je ena največjih zvezd v svetu flamenka; v 1960. in 1970. letih je s svojim inovativnim stilom in dih jemajočo uporabo ritma očarala nešteto gledalcev po celem svetu. LA CHANA je celovečerni dokumentarni film, ki nas približa srcu in umu La Chane, samouki ciganski plesalki, Antoniji Santiago Amador, ko se po dvajsetih letih premora vrne na oder z zaključnim sedečim nastopom. Peter Sellers, s katerim je igrala v filmu The Bobo (1967), jo je povabil v Hollywood, vendar je nenadno, na vrhuncu svoje kariere izginila s scene. Skozi film La Chana razkriva skrivnost za njenim izginotjem: 18 let je bila žrtev nasilja v družini, in sicer svojega prvega moža. V tej dramatični zgodbi o procesu in moči kreativnost, o staranju, vzdržljivosti in ponovnem vzpostavljanju, La Chana spoznava razliko med skrajnostmi svojega življenja in nasprotovanji ter med nadarjeno umetnico na odru in žensko za kulisami.

Nagrade:
VPRO IDFA Audience Award 
Nomination for IDFA AWFJ 
EDA Award for Best Female Directed Documentary Audience Award – Le Voci dell’Inchiesta 

Režija

 
Lucija Stojević

Lucija Stojevic je študirala arhitekturno oblikovanje na Univerzi v Edinburghu ter režijo in montažo na Praški filmski šoli. Neodvisno je producirala več kot 30 kratkih dokumentarnih filmov za The Guardian, The New York Times in Global Post. Njeno delo je bilo prav tako razstavljeno v okviru video in umetniških instalacij na Dunaju in v Gradcu (Avstrija), na Screens of Barcelona/LOOP (Španija) in na edinburškem Fringe festivalu (Velika Britanija). Leta 2014 je v Barceloni ustanovila produkcijsko hišo Noon Films S.L., ki se osredotoča na kreativne dokumentarne filme.


Ustvarjalci

 

Produkcijska hiša: Noon Films S.L. (www.noon-films.com), Barcelona, Španija
Koprodukcija: Bless Bless Productions, Reykjavik, Islandija in New York, USA ter RTVE,
V sodelovanju z: TV3 ter Generalitat de Catalunya- Institut de Cultura, Icelandic Film Center
Režiser in producent: Lucija Stojevic
Producent: Deirdre Towers
Koproducenti: Susan Muska in Greta Olafsdottir
Fotografija: Samuel Navarrete
Montaža: Domi Parra
Oblikovanje zvoka: Alejandro Castillo
Razvoj projekta med: ESoDoc 2013
Docu Rough Cut Boutique 2014

English

 
Synopsis
 

“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

She 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. LA CHANA is a feature-length documentary film that 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.
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. 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 crystallises the inevitable clashes between her life’s extremes and contradictions; between the talented artist on stage and the woman behind the scenes.

 

AWARDS:
VPRO IDFA Audience Award 
Nomination for IDFA AWFJ 
EDA Award for Best Female Directed Documentary Audience Award – Le Voci dell’Inchiesta 


 
Director’s Note
 

La Chana’s story highlights a number of topics that have both current relevance and universal
appeal. As La Chana nears the end of her physical capability to dance, La Chana needs to re-define herself. On her journey, she brings her audience close and challenges them to reflect on specific topics: aging, the imminent loss of something that defines you and that you love, acceptance and re-invention.
Meanwhile, the story of La Chana’s past highlights topics that have an important social relevance
today. La Chana is giving us rare, intimate access to her Gitano world and how she lives and experiences it as a woman. Through her deeply personal story, we gain an idea of the role and treatment of Gypsy women in Spanish Gitano culture and what implications it has for a woman to suffer domestic abuse in a marginalized society.
In the film, we approach the topic of abuse very carefully, making sure that we don’t point fingers, make generalizations or put our protagonist in a risky situation. Our approach is to stay very close to La Chana’s individual, personal and emotional experience of domestic violence- her loneliness, helplessness, isolation and the feeling that she was stuck in a vicious circle where her own community was both her only support and her ‘prison warden’ that kept her locked inside a violent reality.
I believe that it’s very important to tell stories of women’s lives from all walks of life, and in this documentary, we have an amazing story of survival and empowerment through pure art and strength of character. For a change, it’s a story about a Gypsy woman, who through her own tragedy gives hope and encouragement to young women, globally, as well as in the Gitano and Roma communities, to fight for their dreams whatever they might be. My mission is not only to tell a unique story with universal appeal, but also to make sure we bring it to the audiences who will get most out of it. After all, empowerment through storiesis the power of documentaries.


 
Director
 

Lucija Stojević

 

Lucija Stojevic was educated in The University of Edinburgh (Architectural Design) and Prague Film School (Directing and Editing). She has independently produced over 30 short format documentaries for The Guardian, The New York Times and Global Post. Her work has also been displayed in the context of video art in exhibitions in Vienna and Graz (Austria), Screens of Barcelona/LOOP (Spain) and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK). In 2014, she established Noon Films S.L. a production company focusing on creative documentaries in Barcelona, Spain.