Premieres Special: Amy Stechler’s The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

September 12, 2005


The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo. 2005. USA. Written and directed by Amy Stechler. Narrated by Rita Moreno. With Lila Downs as the voice of Kahlo. Stechler uses rare footage including home movies, previously unavailable photographs, and paintings to create an extraordinarily poignant and sympathetic portrait of this gifted, complex artist. Featuring interviews with the novelist Carlos Fuentes and biographer Hayden Herrera, Stechler’s documentary depicts Kahlo as a central figure in both the artistic ferment and political turmoil of her time, addressing her role as the protégée, and later the wife, of Diego Rivera, and her brief affair with Leon Trotsky. 90 min.

Monday, September 12, 8:00 (introduced by the director); Wednesday, September 14, 8:15. T2

Organized by Charles Silver, Associate Curator, Department of Film and Media.


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or, please email If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to