As part of the 17th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival, a documentary about Flamenco dancer La Chana, by Lucijia Stojevic, will have its West Coast Premiere at the Laemmle Monica Film Center on April 13, at 8:00 p.m.

With depth, humor, and pathos, La Chana celebrates the charisma and flair of a self-taught Gypsy flamenco dancer who in the 1960-80s rose to international stardom and then suddenly vanished from the public eye at the height of her career. Peter Sellers saw her dance in 1967 and asked her to perform in the film The Bobo. Hollywood called, but that was not to be.

In her baroque bedroom in Barcelona, the talented dancer returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30-year break and to reveal the reason her career came to such an abrupt end. Filled with footage of spectacular flamenco dance and music, this film brings the viewer under the irrepressible spirit of this eccentric woman with an uncanny gift for rhythm, who, despite all odds, is enjoying a comeback in her late sixties.

La Chana is 85 minutes long. The film is a USA/Iceland collaboration from 2016. (Enjoy the trailer below.) Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. The Laemmle Monica Film Center is located at 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica 90401.

The 17th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival and To The Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier will be held April 12 to 15, 2018, with opening night festivities taking place at UCLA’s Fowler Museum in Westwood; film screenings at the Laemmle Film Center in Santa Monica; and the free Sunset To The Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier taking place on the west-end of the Santa Monica Pier. Learn more about Dance Camera West Film Festival here.