Skip to main content

THE TWO FRIDAS

Mexico, 2002 (MIFF 2003, Documentaries)

Director: Rodrigo Castaño

Out of the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City comes this portrait of artist Frida Kahlo, a luminary of the Mexican Modernist movement. Where the recent feature Frida presented a sketchy reproduction, Rodrigo Castano's documentary offers a kaleidoscopic view of the painter unencumbered by Hollywood convention.

The Two Fridas candidly and vividly explores the life of an artist who refused to be constrained by social dictates about gender or propriety, or by her crushing injury. This beautifully assembled film draws upon significant details of Frida's life, namely, her legendary nonconformity, bisexuality, chronic illness and her tempestuous relationship with fellow artist Diego Rivera, and considers how these elements shaped her anarchic life and artistic creativity. Kahlo's powerful autobiographical portraits—surreal collisions of religion, desire and maternal agony—are complemented by a series of interviews with family and friends and by an array of photographs and archival footage, to underscore the essential vitality and defiance of Frida. A fascinating and timely documentary.

See also...

IN THE PIT

In the Pit won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Mexico City, one of the world's most populous urban centres, bustles daily with over three million cars, travelling in and out and ... More »

THE BACKYARD

A no holds barred investigative documentary that lifts the (garbage can) lid on the brutal world of backyard wrestling. A cable TV phenomenon that grew into an underground industry, backyard ... More »

RUTHIE AND CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE

Unlikely radicals, these two Jewish grandmothers relate how a longstanding friendship as wives and mothers turned into a passionate, long-lasting love affair. Singularly unselfconscious on camera ... More »

BUS 174

On June 12, 2000—Brazil's Valentine's Day—Sandro do Nascimento held up a bus in Rio de Janeiro's largest public park in broad daylight, taking the passengers hostage.Television crews ... More »

HORNS AND HALOS

Horns and Halos careens straight into the heart of leftwing underground publishing versus hegemonic US political agendas. The pivotal characters include a 29-year-old punk rocker-cum-publisher an ... More »

GIRLHOOD

In 2002 Liz Garbus packed a cinematic whallop MIFF audiences won't soon forget with death-row documentary, The Execution of Wanda Jean. Girlhood focuses on the opposite, but no less lethal, end of ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director