Independent Lens (2007)





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To legions of camp-loving Cubans Guadalupe Yolí is known as "La Lupe -- Queen of Latin Soul," and in this documentary, filmmaker Ela Troyano compares and contrasts La Lupe's often turbulent career with the 20th century social history of her native Cuba. In the beginning, La Lupe was a popular draw at a Havana nightclub called La Red. Blessed with a deeply distinctive voice, the expressive and sensual performer quickly amassed a considerable following. Yet despite her early success, La Lupe's career hit an unexpected hitch when she was deemed an anti-revolutionary by Castro's government and was forced to seek sanctuary in the United States. In the following decades, La Lupe worked tirelessly to translate her performance for American audiences. But La Lupe's star was fading, and she increasingly turned to the teachings of Santería as a means of seeking solace. Ten years after her death in 1992, evidence that La Lupe's legacy had indeed lived on came to light when Bronx residents renamed East 140th Street "La Lupe Way" as a means of honoring the deceased singer. In this release, interviews with La Lupe's friends and fellow artists, performance clips, and a tour of Havana how she experienced it as a child combine to offer a detailed look into the life of a true Latin icon.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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