A documentary about the life of beloved Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera is in the works. The film, which according to reports is being developed by Gloria Estefan’s husband Emilio Estefan, will feature unseen concert footage from her final concert.
Rivera, one of the most popular recording artists out of Latina America from this century, died in a 2012 plane crash when she was just 43.
Rivera is the singer of classic songs such as hits such as “Mariposa de Barrio,” ”Paloma Negra” and “De Contrabando.”
During her career, Estefan worked closely with the singer, directing specials that featured her. Now he and television producer Dave Broom of “The Biggest Loser” and “The Day I Met El Chapo” are joining forces with Rivera’s family to produce the film.
Speaking to the Associated Press about the new project, Estefan said “I really want people to know her with the same admiration that I had for her as a human being, and that her fans realize how important her followers, and especially her family, were to her… We had a very beautiful friendship … I met her as a singer, as an actress, but at the same time as a person.”
Both Estefan and Broom have said that they expect to release the film late this year, though it is still unknown whether the film will make its debut in theaters.
Rivera’s sister Rosie has called the film “intimate.”
Speaking to Page Six via email, Rosie Rivera reportedly said that the film be emotion for the singer’s family, including her children, but that it is a necessary project to release.
“It is an intimate night with Jenni,” Rivera reportedly said. “To my sister Jenni, her faith, her family and her fans were everything. Jenni would have wanted to share this moment of her life with the world.”
Estefan says that the film will see Rivera narrate her own story.
“You are going to see something that’s really priceless. You are going to see her in concert again, but above all you will get to know much more and I think you’ll be certainly surprised by many things that are going to come out, told directly by her,” Estefan told Associated Press.
According to Estefan, the film will also include archival material and interview between Estefan and Rivera in which the singer spoke openly about experiencing rape at the hands of her ex-husband who also sexually abuse some of her family members.
In 1992, Rivera divorced her husband José Trinidad Marín, the father of three of her five children. Five years later, Rivera’s sister Rosie revealed that Marín had sexually molested her and that he was doing the same to Chiquis Rivera, the daughter he had with Rivera. A physical exam revealed that he had done the same to their other daughter Jacqueline. A molestation case was opened in 1997 and Marín spent 9 years as a fugitive before he was arrested in 2006, convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to over 31 years in prison.
“Many times women that have been abused or mistreated don’t say anything for fear of being blamed for what had happened to them, but she was always open and she was honest,” Estefan explained in the interview.
According to the producer, it is his hope that Rivera’s film will pay tribute to “women that have been mistreated, that have been deceived, that have been abused.”