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Becoming Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo

Becoming Frida Kahlo 

PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1):

Tuesdays, Sept. 19–Oct. 3, at 9 PM 
Wednesdays, Sept. 20–Oct. 4, at 2 AM

Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Saturdays, Sept. 23–Oct. 7, at noon


This new three-part documentary series strips away the myths to reveal the real Frida Kahlo — a passionate and brilliant artist living through extraordinary times. The series explores the major events of Kahlo’s life, both personal and political, from her lifelong health problems to her complicated relationship with artist Diego Rivera, whom she married not once but twice. Their shared political commitment made both artists controversial figures — from their association with Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky in Mexico to their paradoxical relationships with some of America’s wealthiest figures. 

Throughout her life Kahlo used her artwork as a way to process her own emotions, producing what are now some of the most valuable — and most widely reproduced — paintings of the twentieth century.  

The documentary features interviews with Frida Kahlo’s great-niece Cristina Kahlo, Diego Rivera’s grandson Juan Coronel Rivera, biographers, art historians and more.