Antonio GIJON (Hispafilms), Joaquín PERLES (Perles Films), Gabriel MENA (Hispafilms)
CELIA THE QUEEN a documentary tribute to salsa singer Celia Cruz, whose voice symbolized the soul of a nation, traces Celias exile from her beloved Cuba up until her tragic death in 2003. CELIA THE QUEEN stitches together live concert footage and candid interviews with Cruz, David Byrne, Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, and Gloria Estefan, her family and fans from around the world. Besides the biographical elements, the film also serves as a chronicle of some of the most important trends in Latin music in the last century. Cruz started in Cuba with guarachera roots, performing with the Sonora Matancera in the '50s, then went on to record influential collaborations with Tito Puente and the Fania All-Stars in New York in the '70s. More recently, she appeared Wyclef Jeans 1997 Guantanamera remake. Cataloging all these phases of Cruz's career, the film presents a sweet homage befitting a queen.