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CELIA THE QUEEN

USA, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Backbeat)

Director: Joe Cardona, Mario de Varona

"Celia Cruz is the quintessential survival story. She looks like no one else. She sounds like no one else. And she's still the queen." - Whoopi Goldberg

Erupting onto the Cuban music scene as the frontwoman for La Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz was a diva whose music and voice came to symbolise a nation. Assembling extraordinary archival footage, interviews and candid interludes with Celia herself, Celia the Queen pays homage to a woman who overcame prejudice to leave an enduring musical legacy.

Her exuberant personality and distinctive sound are here captured flawlessly, immortalising the late, great Cuban songstress for all time.

“A rousing nostalgia trip for fans and a crash course in guarachera genius for neophytes.” - Variety

D Joe Cardona, Mario de Varona P Gabriel Mena, Joaquin Perles S Joe Cardona WS Altadena Film L English, Spanish w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2008

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