Private Project

The Tiger and The Deer

This story shows the last elder that knows how to play the indigenous flute, called a reed whistle, accompanying the native dance 'The Tiger and The Deer', while he teaches the melodies to a young boy so that the tradition will not be lost. He tells about the indigenous massacre of 1932 in El Salvador which he survived. The young boy manages to learn and, along with the elder, he plays the musical melodies while we see the dance of the dancers.

  • Sergio Sibrian
  • Sergio Sibrián
  • Noé Valladares
  • Flor Elena López
  • Marcelino Galicia
    Key Cast
  • Roberto Carlos Mendoza
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    46 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    El Salvador
  • Country of Filming:
    El Salvador
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HDCAM Digital 1080p
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Film Festival Against Silence, All the Voices, A.C. - México, 2014
    México, D.F.
    April 5, 2014
    México, D.F. Premiere
    First place on indigenous film category
  • International film festival "New Latin American Cinema", La Habana, Cuba
    La Habana, Cuba.
    December 15, 2014
    La Habana, Cuba Premiere
    Award "Nuestro Norte es el Sur" - Honorable mention
  • XXXI Meeting of Latin American Cinema, Bordeaux , France - 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    March 25, 2014
    Bordeaux , France, Premiere
    Honorable mention
  • XVI ICARUS - International Film Festival
    El salvador, San Salvador
    November 21, 2014
    El salvador, San Salvador screening
    Honorable mention - short documentary category
  • Ambulante El Salvador Film Festival
    El Salvador, Salvador
    May 19, 2014
    El Salvador, San Salvador premiere
    Official selection
  • VI Viena, Central America Film Festvial
    Viena, Austria
    August 7, 2014
    Viena, Austria premiere
    Official selection
  • The 10th Latin American Film Festival
    Australia, Sydney
    April 3, 2014
    Australia, Sydney premiere
    Official Selection
  • 2014, Rome Latin American Spring Film Festival
    Italy, Rome
    September 14, 2014
    Italy, Rome premiere
    Official selection
  • Featured Audiovisual Production o f the Year
    El Salvador, San Salvador
    January 19, 2014
    El Salvador, San Salvador screening
    Featured Audiovisual Production o f the Year
  • Tenth Annual Sunscreen Film Festival
    St. Petersburg, Florida
    May 2, 2015
    St. Petersburg, Florida Premiere
    Best Latin American Documentary
Director Biography - Sergio Sibrian

Sergio Alberto Sibrián , born in Las Flores, Chalatenango on January 8 , 1974. Degree in Journalism University of El Salvador (UES 2005). Director of the film The Tiger and The Deer (2013 ) and director of The Honor, short fiction selected by the Central-american ICARUS (2005 ) festival.

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Director Statement

I have had the privilege of directing the documentary “The Tiger and The Deer” in my capacity as a student and apprentice of theater in El Salvador. All of the production process transforms into a school of theater in practice for those members of the production team, formed by people with no experience, others with some experience, and others with a lot of experience. In the end, each one learned from the other, returning collective knowledge and learning.

The different points of view are key for provoking other points of view; sometimes conflicting, other times similar but always reflecting on the reality that is observed. The camera as an extension of the eye of the director should respond to some questions before turning it on and recording: What is the position of the camera? What does the camera see? How does the camera see it? I think that the answers to these questions are part of the secret of demonstrating a different view. In the documentary “The Tiger and The Deer,” I decided to look from the position of a spectator at the life of a grandfather of 103 years of age, with a cultural richness in the middle of an extreme poverty, without emphasizing the poverty directly but highlighting the cultural richness, the historical memory, the identity, and the human dignity of the character; making the protagonist not an object but a subject in the cinematographic story.

The camera sees from far away so that priority is given to the context that the character lives and with long observation times in order to achieve that the viewer has more elements of the context and the sufficient time to activate reflection that allows him to go from his passive role to the protagonist of the story as a spectator. The decision of separating the existence of the character is to give priority to the actions of his daily life and after to add dialogue, achieving equilibrium between things made (the actions) and things said (the words). Thus eliminating the boring and traditional interview that encloses people, removing naturalness and freedom of actions and words.

This documentary was produced with the budget of the heart, with this I refer to having many resources and little money, understanding like resources to the people, the filming and editing team, the time that each person dedicated, and above all, the commitment during the three and a half years that the project lasted to see the final work. In present, it is in the phase of release and dissemination at the national and international level thanks to being subtitled in five languages: Spanish, English, Italian, French, and German.