BOOTH x Bertha DocHouse: CHAVELA Screening and Open Call

BOOTH x Bertha DocHouse


Last week we announced that we're partnering with one of our favourite cinemas in London to present an eve of docs directed by female filmmakers.

In collaboration with Bertha DocHouse, the UK's first documentary cinema, we're screening CHAVELA: the award-winning doc feature on the radical life and career of musician Chavela Vargas. Born and raised by relatives in Costa Rica, Chavela moved to Mexico as a teenager where she started her career singing on the streets. She became a fixture of Mexico's bohemian club scene in the 1950s, performing songs traditionally sung by men. Her openly queer lifestyle and rebellious uniform of trousers and ponchos challenged post-revolution Mexico, which was still a homophobic society. She smoked cigars, carried a loaded pistol and was notorious for drinking binges that lasted for days, before finally quitting alcohol in her 60s. Chavela had relationships with Ava Gardner and Frida Kahlo, and described Pedro Almodóvar as her 'soulmate'. Her legendary reputation did not eclipse her music though: with her hypnotic, rasping voice, Chavela is credited with revolutionising music in Mexico. We're looking for a short doc directed by a BOOTH member to screen at the opening night of CHAVELA at Bertha DocHouse. Submissions close this Friday 6 July, so send your films in fast!

Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, CHAVELA screens at Bertha DocHouse from Friday 20-Sunday 22 July as part of Rebel With A Cause, DocHouse's new strand showcasing five revolutionary stories of women over the last century. ​Tickets available here.

image: CHAVELA dir. Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi