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New Documentary “Frida” Tells Her Story Like Never Before

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Carla Gutiérrez, director and editor of new Amazon documentary “Frida,” chats with us about portraying Frida Kahlo’s life in a “very intimate way.”
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So there's this new Frida documentary that's about to be released.
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And we are very lucky to have seen a sneak peek this
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past weekend, Jane,
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when you think about a famous Mexican painter,
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who do you think of obviously Frida?
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But after watching the documentary,
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I learned about a couple of other artists,
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you know, from that time period.
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And yeah, Diego is not it piece of shit.
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Diego Rivera. Damn you dog.
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I don't fuck with Diego either.
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I mean, I like his,
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he's very talented, very talented.
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My mom loves Diego Rivera loves his work.
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Pero do what he did to Frida is not a like that
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is not a Eco la Romana fuck boy.
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Thankfully, you know,
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we have a director and editor of the film Carla Gutierrez.
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She's here to chat with us about her new film.
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Hi, Carla, most of us are familiar with Frida and
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her story. What was your priority for this documentary?
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What's left to be told?
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I was also very well versed in her story.
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I was one of those people that were completely obsessed with her
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when I was a younger woman.
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It was really the goal was to bring her in a very
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intimate way in a way where you could really hear directly from
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her. Get the sense of the texture of her personality.
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get lost her to the woman in all her complexities,
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all her messiness.
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So yeah, it,
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it was really an opportunity to bring her story to life.
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But through her eyes and through her words,
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and I knew that there were a lot of writings where she
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told people that she loved in letters or told us through her
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diary, how she felt about things that happened in her life
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So it was just an intention to really focus the film
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on her voice completely,
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which hadn't, hadn't happened in documentaries before.
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So we went for it.
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I love that. And I wanted to ask why do you
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think Frida resonates with so many of us Latinas?
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Why do you think she is so incredibly popular?
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I mean, I think she resonates with,
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you know, so many people around the world because of her
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honesty and her rawness,
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she decided to not contain her voice,
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her voice, you know,
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was expressed completely fully,
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even the difficult aspects of her life.
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Now with Latina woman,
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you know, she's ours,
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she comes from, from our world.
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She has been formed by the culture that has made us
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as well. So I think that there is a special,
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you know, like really intense connection that we feel with her
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especially having grown in that environment,
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having grown in, in Latin America or in the Latino culture
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we know, and we feel the environment that really created
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the voice of Frida.
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So I'm just so excited for other Latinas to watch this film
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And Diego's Infidelities,
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her time in the US and her political views all impacted her
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emotionally, psychologically. And of course,
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her work, how do you feel Frida's are changed over time
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You know, she first started seriously painting after her
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accident when she was 18,
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her painting was really motivated by solitude.
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You know, her first paintings were portraits of the people that
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she loved and the people that she was missing.
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They were kind of like tokens of love where she was
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asking those people not to forget her because she was stuck at
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home. She was stuck on her bed,
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she was healing. So that,
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that's how it started.
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But to me, the moment where she really found her voice
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as an artist was really the miscarriage that she suffered.
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And from that grief and that pain really,
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you know, her voice and her art became what we know
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of her as an artist.
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Today, we learned a lot from your documentary.
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It was, I didn't know that she had a miscarriage until
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the documentary. And it was just really nice to know
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her story and her sharp talk,
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right? That was I was like,
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nobody was safe. She had to tell you something.
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I know. I'm like,
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oh my God, she was the one that got me.
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I was like, Dave.
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She was like, oh Lo Queria.
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I'm like, oh yeah,
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I'm like straight to,
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straight to business. Thank you for your time,
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Carla. We're so excited for everyone to see it on March
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14th, Muchi Ma Gracia for you know your time.
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Thank you, Carla.
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I love this documentary.
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You guys have to watch the new Frida documentary on Amazon
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Prime on March 14th.