Celia Cruz: The Queen
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 trademarks cry ‘Azúcar’ 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. Up until the time Celia died in 2003, she was still performing.
Directors Joe Cardona and Mario de Varona use original photography they captured while following Celia 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. Foremost, this is the presentation of Celia as the warm, strong, free spirit who adored her fans and earned without question her title: “the Queen.”