Private Project

Uriel y Jade

Uriel is a young coreographer who lives in Mezcala, Mexico. Unfavorable experiences have marked his life and confused his identity. Nowadays Uriel is struggling to find his identity and define his sexual orientation in Jalisco, one of the most conservative places in México.

  • Eduardo Esquivel
  • Eduardo Esquivel
  • Andrea Santiago
  • Gabriela Ruvalcaba
  • Eduardo Esquivel
  • Andrea Santiago
  • Andrea Santiago
  • Juan Amezquita
    Sound Design
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    Religion, LGBTTI, Gender
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2016
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  • Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara
    Guadalajara Jalisco
    March 8, 2016
    National Premiere
  • Festival Internacional de Cine del Desierto
    Mención Honorífica del Jurado / Honorific Jury mention
Director Biography - Eduardo Esquivel

Eduardo Esquivel was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer and editor. He is currently in his final year of Filmmaking studies at the University of Guadalajara.
His short film “Interview with My Mother” has been presented at national and international film festivals around the world. Nowadays he is producing “Poor Banished Children of Eve” a short film with the government’s financial support by the Culture and Art Department of Jalisco. “Uriel and Jade” is his most recently short documentary film, which shows the strength of independent filmmaking in his country and which talks about the search for identity and the taboos about human condition. Eduardo is partner at Tardigrada, an independent film company that aims to boost the film industry in Mexican provinces. In 2016 he will participate at the Guadalajara International Film Festival as a member of the Mezcal jury.

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Director Statement

This documentary was made as a part of a research trip during the studies at the University of Guadalajara. The production team was minimal, being most of the time just the Director and Cinematographer, who also operate the camera and sound equipment and editing the shortfilm.

Uriel and Jade is a story about the identity search, the discrimination and taboos in terms of identity, sexual orientation and sexual rights. This short documentary film is mainly aimed to the LGBTTI community and general audiences free of taboos. It is directed not only to the LGBT community or a free taboo spectator, but also to all the population needs to break taboos about LGBTTI community. Exhorting the public to generate empathy for a gay character, and provoke him too to think about the scruples of the religion and the prejudice in the society, spreading a message of tolerance, respect and understanding.