LA CHANA selected for Hot Docs
La Chana, the Spanish/Icelandic/American documentary by Lucija Stojevic, has been selected for the prestigious documentary film festival Hot Docs in Toronto. Hot Docs is North America‘s largest documentary festival and will run from April 27 through May 7.
In late 2016, La Chana won the VPRO IDFA Audience Award at the prestigious documentary film festival IDFA in Amsterdam, where it screened in the Panorama section of the festival. It has since been selected by 16 festivals and offered broadcasts with 6 TV stations.
In the 1960-70s, 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, speed, and inventive use of rhythm. La Chana brings us under the skin, into the mind and spirit of an aging artist whose resilience is inspiring. Now 70 living outside of Barcelona, Spain, she continues to dance from a chair, and teach young artists, notably Karime Amaya, the grand-niece of flamenco pioneer Carmen Amaya. The essence of her passion stems from her trust in intuition, and her years of expressing her soul through her dance.
La Chana is coproduced by Gréta Ólafsdóttir and Susan Muska for Bless Bless Productions, a production company based in Iceland and the USA. CatnDocs are handling world sales and Diana Holzberg and East Village Entertainment handle sales for Canada and the USA.