RIFF Movies Archive

Chinahuapa (under the stars)



Mexico, 2010, HD - Color - 53min

DIRECTED BY:
Ricardo Garfias Méndez

CAST:
Antonia de la Luz Chavez, Felix "Charrito" Vara

SCREENPLAY:
Ricardo Garfias

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Ricardo Garfias

EDITING:
Ricardo Garfias

SOUND:
Fabian Garfias, Ma. Fernanda Valadez

PRODUCER:
Lizbeth Pizano del Palacio

PRODUCTION:
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica/Cienaga Cine

STORY DESCRIPTION:

The movie is a portrait of the life of a married couple. Antonia, a small woman, with unforgettable features because of the traces of time in her face, with temper, milks her cows in the dawn, but refuses to assist in the birth of a calf. The "Charrito", a man in which the passing of the years are manifested in the effort he must do everyday to work his land, without regret. He walks a path in the dark of the dawn to begin his work, and acts as a midwife in the birth of one of his cows. The movie told through the point of view of these two characters, makes us think about the lifestyle of the people that live outside of the cities.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

In the year 2001 graduates from the Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico City (UAM), majoring in Social Communication, specializing in video documentary. He directs El rosto de la multitud (The face of the crowd), a documentary that portraits the moment of euphoria that the youth lives with the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (Zapatist Army of National Liberation) as a part of his thesis. After graduating, Ricardo embarks into the adventure of directing and working as a cinematographer for television documentaries. During this period he meets the director of the Violin film, and he invites him to work in the next project, in which, Ricardo works as a coeditor in the most important Mexican film in the last ten years. Thanks to that movie, that won 30 prizes in the world, is nominated as best editor. That same year, 2006, enters to the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (Cinematographic Training Centre), where he actually studies the fourth year of Cinematography.

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