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With depth, humor and pathos, La Chana celebrates the charisma and flair of a self-taught Gypsy flamenco dancer who in the 1960s-80s rose to international stardom and then suddenly vanished from the public eye at the height of her career.  Peter Sellers saw her dance as a young woman and asked her to perform in the film 'The Bobo' in 1967. Hollywood beckoned, but that was not to be.  In her baroque boudoir in Barcelona, La Chana continues to practice her art and reveals the reason her career came to such an abrupt end. 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. 


Genre: Documentary

Length: 55′ and 82′

Completion: 2016

Director/producer: Lucija Stojevic

Producer: Deirdre Towers
Delegate producer: Noon Films SL
Co-producers: Greta Olafsdottir and Susan Muska for Bless Bless Productions (Iceland/USA)

Associate producers: Beatriz del Pozo, Guri Scotford

Production Coordinator: Sandra Olsina

Assistant Director and Documentalist: Lucia Sances

Director of Photography: Samuel Navarrete

Editor: Domi Parra

Second Editor: Irene Coll

Composer: Ernesto Briceño

Sound Design: Alejandro Castillo

Motion Graphics: Andrés Bartos

Graphic Design: La Gamba Negra, Anna Bours

In Collaboration with: RTVE, TV3, ICEC, IFC
Fiscal Sponsor: New York Women in Film & Television

International sales (US & Canada): East Village Entertainment

World sales: Cat & Docs


Winner IDFA VPRO Audience Award 2016

Nomination Best European Documentary EFA Awards 2017

Winner Best Documentary Gaudí Awards 2018

Winner Best Documentary FEROZ Awards 2018

Winner Grand Prize ART FIFA Montreal 2019

Winner Audience Award Budapest International Documentary Festival 2018

Winner Audience Award DOKUArt Bjelovar 2018

Winner Best Documentary Cinehorizontes Marseilles 2018

Winner Best Documentary Festival du Cinéma Espagnol du Nantes 2018

Winner SADE Award Dock of the Bay Festival 2018

Winner Audience Award Dock of the Bay Festival 2018

Winner Le Voci dell'Inchiesta Audience Award 2017

Winner Chopin's Nose Award for Best Documentary on Music & Arts DOCSAG 2017

Special Mention San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2018

Special Mention Cerdanya International Film Festival 2017

Nomination IDFA AWFJ Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary 2016

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