AI WEIWEI

Ai Weiwei is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world. From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai uses a wide range of mediums as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its values. Recent exhibitions include: Ai Weiwei at the K20/K21 in Dusseldorf,  Ai Weiwei: Resetting Memories at MUAC in Mexico City, Ai Weiwei: Unbroken at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Ai Weiwei: RAIZ at Oca in São Paulo, Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, Fan-Tan at Mucem in Marseille, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors with the Public Art Fund in New York City, and Ai Weiwei on Porcelain at the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul.

Ai was born in Beijing in 1957 and currently resides and works in Berlin. Ai is the recipient of the 2015 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation. Ai has made numerous documentaries about social and political issues that have won major film festival awards, including Disturbing the Peace, One Recluse, So SorryOrdos 100 and Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥15,220.910.50, His first feature-length documentary Human Flow premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival in competition. His second feature-length documentary, The Rest, premiered at CPH:DOX.

ALONSO
RUIZPALACIOS

This Mexican writer, filmmaker and theatre director studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. His first feature film, Güeros, premiered in the Panorama section of the 64th Berlinale and won more than 40 awards at international festivals, including the Best Feature Film Award at the Berlinale 2014 and five Ariel Awards (Mexico) in different categories. With Museo, his most recent film, he won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlinale 2018. His short films Café Paraíso, The Last Song of the Cú Bird and Verde were presented at numerous festivals. He lives in Mexico City, where he works in different film projects and with his theater company.

She is the founding director of 212BERLIN; a documentary filmmaker and curator of photography, having worked in the visual arts for over thirty years. As a filmmaker, her directorial debut in 2008, was Chevolution for Netflix and Red Envelope.  She produced and directed The Mexican Suitcase, a Mexican-Spanish coproduction (2011). Directed Witkin & Witkin (2017) and The Man Who Saw Too Much (2015), which won her first Ariel for best documentary and numerous other awards. 212BERLIN is currently in production with Return to Oaxacalifornia, revisiting a film she produced and wrote over 20 years ago that explores Mexican identity in the U.S. Trisha is currently developing a film with Gerry Adams in Ireland: ADAMS–dreamer or visionary

EVERARDO
GONZÁLEZ

Mexican director considered as one of the strongest voices in the documentary genre in Latin America. His filmography includes Pulque Song (2003), The Old Thieves (2007), The Open Sky (2011), Drought (2011) and El Paso (2015), all screened and awarded at various festivals like Berlin, IDFA, Toulouse, Locarno, Montreal, BAFICI, Sarajevo, Guadalajara and Morelia. His most recent film Devil’s Freedom (2017) was awarded the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlinale in 2017. In 2018 was director of A 3 Minute Hug, first Netflix Originals in Latin America for documentary, he collaborated with the New York Times OpDocs with the film Children from the Narcozone nominated for a News and Doc Emmy Award. Member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas.

Mexican filmmaker. He graduated from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana B.A. in communication sciences and in film directing at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. He has won numerous international awards, including Best Documentary at the Sundance, Bacifi, Biarritz, Miami, Habana and Karlovi Vary festivals. His thesis, a short film entitled Grandfather Cheno and Other Stories (1995), was nominated for the Honorary Award for Foreign Film, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from Hollywood. He directed the documentaries I Forgot I Don’t Remember (1999), In the Pit (2006), Those who remain (2008), Carrière, 250 meters (2011) and Once upon a time (2019); and the tv series 100 years with Juan Rulfo (2017). 

CARLOS
HAGERMAN

Mexican filmmaker and producer. He worked 8 years as part of the team of directors of the production company of Alejandro González Iñárritu before founding with his partner Martha Sosa the producer company La Sombra del Guayabo, with which they have made documentary films such as Those Who Remain, Back to Life, No Place Like Home, Soledad Square and Rush Hour. His films have won awards at festivals around the world. He is also a founding partner of Brinca Taller de Animación.

LUKE
LORENTZEN

He is a graduate from Stanford University's department of Art and Art History. His film, Santa Cruz del Islote (2014) – a short documentary about a fishing community in Colombia – won awards at over ten international film festivals. His undergraduate thesis, New York Cuts (2015), explores six hair salons in disparate cultural enclaves of New York City. Midnight Family –Luke’s first feature documentary out of school– won a Special Jury Award for Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival 2019, played as part of New Directors/New Films, and will be released theatrically in the fall of 2019. Luke is also part of the creative team behind the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U (seasons one through four). Originally from Connecticut, Luke currently lives in San Francisco.

DANIELA
ALATORRE

Mexican producer and filmmaker. She holds an MFA in documentary film from the School of Visual Arts in NY. She has been part of the Sundance Editing, Music and Creative Producing Labs, a Flaherty Film Seminar fellow in 2010, and a participant from 2011 to 2016. Daniela is also the producer of 2009 Sundance Award winning documentary El General (2009), directed by Natalia Almada; ¡De Panzazo! (2012), directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Loret de Mola; El Ingeniero (2012), directed by Alejandro Lubezki; and the NYT OpDocs Unsilenced, directed by Betzabé García. Daniela founded No Ficción along with Elena Fortes and Cinépolis. Retreat is her first feature documentary as a director.

OTILIA
PORTILLO

Mexican filmmaker. She studied architecture in Cambridge University and the Architectural Association, London. Her works include Tzolkin, Heaven mirrors everything and Three Voices. Three Voices won the Docs in Progress award from DocsMX and was later screened in SXSW, Ambulante, Morelia International Film Festival, DocsMX, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Documenta Madrid, Festival de Lima, FIDBA Buenos Aires and London MexFest. Otilia participated in the Berlinale Talents Doc Station (2011) and the Guadalajara Talents (2011). She has been a beneficiary of the Young Creator’s Program 2010 by the Ministry of Culture (CONACULTA) and Film Creator’s Stimulus Program 2016 from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) to develop her first feature film. 

RODRIGO
REYES

Mexican Director who has screened his award-winning films at festivals worldwide, including Morelia International Film Festival, BFI London and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Rodrigo has received support for his work from Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent, ITVS Open Call and the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE). In 2017 he was a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. His filmography included Lupe Under the Sun, Purgatory and Memories of the Future.

JOSÉ MARÍA
ESPINOSA
DE LOS MONTEROS

He was born in Culiacán, Sinaloa in 1989. He’s the founder of Cinema del Norte, an independent production company whose mission is to decentralize and promote film production in northern Mexico. He debuted as a screenwriter and directorwith Whippet (Official selection Miami Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Black Canvas CC y Festival del Puerto, 2016) and directed his second short film José X (Official selection Macabro Film Festival, Mórbido Film Fest) in 2017. He is the director of his first feature film, I Called for You in Silence with the support of the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations. The film received the Churubusco Postproduction award at DocsMx, for the Docs In Progress category.

DIEGO
RABASA

Mexican writer and editor. He is a member of the editorial board of Sexto Piso -an independient book publisher- where he has published more than 450 titles. His work as editor has been recognized with the International Young Publisher of the Year awarded by the British Council in 2006 and the Prize for the Best Cultural Editorial Work awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain in 2008. His stories, chronicles and translations have appeared in media such as The Guardian, El País, Clarín and magazines, newspapers and digital media in Mexico. He co-directed with Santiago Arau the short documentary Ciudad Herida, his film debut.

SANTIAGO
ARAU

Mexican photographer. Throughout 15 years of career he has participated in individual and collective exhibitions at Casa América in Madrid, LA Skate Park in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art of the Philippines, among other spaces. In the last five years he has dedicated himself to photographing Mexico City from the air. His tools: a camera and a drone. His aerial images of Mexico City have been published by international media, such as BBC, The Guardian and El País. He co-directed with Diego Rabasa the short documentary Ciudad Herida, his film debut.