By Lucija Stojevic
Original version with English subtitles
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 Romani 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 crystallizes the inevitable clashes between her life’s extremes and contradictions; between the talented artist on stage and the woman behind the scenes.
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.
Director: Lucija Stojevic
Cinematography: Samuel Navarrete
Sound: Alejandro Castillo, Nicolas Liebing
Editing: Domi Parra
Production: Deirdre Towers, Lucija Stojevic