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Ela Troyano’s La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul A “Whole” Story


Duri ng a Q & A session that followed the screening of La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul, independent filmmaker, Ela Troyano, mentioned that her film is not like traditional documentaries, particularly those that are thematically oriented. Anyone in the audience familiar with either Troyano’s work or the musical performances of Cuban songstress, Lupe Yoli (aka La Lupe and La Yi Yi Yi), had to know that when they sat down to watch the film, they would be watching something characteristically unconventional. Both La Lupe (who was known for her outrageous performances) and Troyano’s films—particularly Latin Boys Go to Hell (1997)—have developed cult followings over the years, and La Lupe is a testament as to the many reasons why this is so.

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