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제15회 제천국제음악영화제

5th(2009)
Celia the Queen
Cuba/Mexico/USA/Panama/Puerto Rico/Japan | 2008 | 84min | COLOR | Documentary

PROGRAM NOTE

Celia the Queen is a touching documentary about the life and legacy of a stellar performer who brought the sound of salsa to the whole world. She erupted onto the Cuban music scene as the front woman of ‘La Sonora Matancera’, and soon became Cuba’s most adored. Her trademark cry ‘Azucar’ became known across Latin America. And when she fled Castro’s Cuba in 1960 and eventually arrived in the United States, she started a second even more successful career fueled by her partnerships with salsa greats Tito Puente, Willie Colon, and Johnny Pacheco. Ironically, while she became known as the voice of Cuba around the world, her once beloved music was banned in her home country. Celia was performing up until her death in 2003. Directors Joe Cardona and Mario de Varona use original photography shot while following Celia during the last five years of her life as well as archival footage of both Celia and her loving husband, Pedro Knight, to tell the inspiring story of a little girl from Havana who became an international diva. Celia the Queen shows the diversity of the people whose lives she touched, from the big stars of music, literature and film like Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia and Wyclef Jean to fans all over the world. This documentary presents Celia as the warm, strong, free spirit who adored her fans and earned without question her title : ‘the Queen’. ​

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DIRECTOR

Joe Cardona

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico of Cuban parents in 1967, Joe Cardona graduated from the college with a degree in Mass Communications in 1989. After a few attempts at pursuing other career paths, Joe decided to explore the world and his place in it by making films. In the early 1990’s, Joe met Mario de Varona and the two **create**d Kids in Exile Films, a company that has produced 10 documentaries. Mario was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1969. He attained a degree in Mass Communication from Florida Int’l University. After working for the Univision Network for three years Mario formed Kids in Exile Films with Joe Cardona.

Mario de Varona

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico of Cuban parents in 1967, Joe Cardona graduated from the college with a degree in Mass Communications in 1989. After a few attempts at pursuing other career paths, Joe decided to explore the world and his place in it by making films. In the early 1990’s, Joe met Mario de Varona and the two **create**d Kids in Exile Films, a company that has produced 10 documentaries. Mario was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1969. He attained a degree in Mass Communication from Florida Int’l University. After working for the Univision Network for three years Mario formed Kids in Exile Films with Joe Cardona.​

Producer
: Gabriel Mena Joaquin Perles
Cast
: David Byrne Cachao Christina Christian
Screenwriter
: Joe Cardona
Cinematography
: Jose Vazquez
Editor
: Mario de Varona Michael Pertnoy
Music
: Bill Cruz