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Life and Times of Frida Kahlo - Fact Sheet


"The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo"


Documentary (high-definition)

Program Length

Ninety (90) minutes

Release Date

March 23, 2005, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET (check local listings)


Daylight Films and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Latino Public Broadcasting

Presenting Station

WETA Washington, D.C.



Show Overview

Never before has the extraordinary life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo been framed in relation to the full spectrum of the historical and cultural influences that shaped her. "The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo" explores the 20th-century icon who became an international sensation in the worlds of modern art and radical politics. Among those interviewed in the documentary are Mexican authors Carlos Fuentes and Carlos Monsivais. The film's musical score was created entirely with traditional Mexican and period music.


Rita Moreno - the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress - narrates the film.

Voice-Over Talent

Mexican singer Lila Downs is the voice of Kahlo.


Corporate funding has been provided by Frito-Lay, Inc., and Sabritas. Funding has also been provided by Peter and Helen Bing, the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.


Amy Stechler, Daylight Films


Maia Harris and Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Daylight Films

Executive Producers

Dalton Delan and David S. Thompson, WETA

Related Merchandise

DVD/VHS ($34.99 each) available from PBS Home Video. To order, call 800-PLAY PBS.

Promotion Materials

The online press kit at includes photography; images of Kahlo's art; a press release; feature; chronology of Kahlo's life; excerpts from critical reviews of Kahlo's work; a listing of works of art featured in the film; and bios of Kahlo, husband Diego Rivera, lover Leon Trotsky, and other noteworthy people in Kahlo's life, as well as those of narrator Rita Moreno, Lila Downs (the voice of Frida) and the filmmakers.

On-air Promotion

1 x :20, :30 and :60

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