Becoming Frida Kahlo

Explore the life of celebrated artist Frida Kahlo in a new three-part docuseries from BBC Studios premiering Sept. 19.


Becoming Frida Kahlo, a new three-part documentary series distributed by BBC Studios, strips away the myths to reveal the real Frida – a passionate and brilliant artist living through extraordinary times. Presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, 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. Featuring interviews with Frida Kahlo’s great-niece Cristina Kahlo, Diego Rivera’s grandson Juan Coronel Rivera, biographers, art historians and more, Becoming Frida Kahlo was produced by multi-award winning Rogan Productions Scotland.

Tuesday night's series premiere tells the story of the young Frida growing up in a time of revolution, from her rebellious school days to an encounter with the man who would change her life: Diego Rivera, then one of the world’s most famous artists. When a tragic accident thwarts Frida’s ambition of becoming a doctor, young Frida spends many lonely months recuperating and discovers a new passion: Painting. When she finally ventures out again into Mexico City, it has become a thriving hub for artists and intellectuals from all over the world. The ambitious young Frida tracks down the renowned Rivera, and his response sets her on a new path as an artist.


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