Alma & Esperanza

Alma & Esperanza is the story of a girl and her grandmother who meet in a moment of grief. Alma is a ten-year old girl living in the United States. Esperanza is her 75 year old grandmother living in an indigenous community in the Mexican mountains. The girl and her grandmother have never met before. But one day, Esperanza receives a devastating phone call. Alma has lost her mother and will travel to her grandmother's village. The girl and her grandmother have no common language and are not able to communicate. Nevertheless they are able to find closeness without words.

  • Itandehui Jansen
    The Last Council (2012) / El Rebozo de Mi Madre (2006)
  • Armando Bautista García
    The Last Council
  • Armando Bautista García
    The Last Council
  • Dzaui Jansen
    Key Cast
  • Esperanza Garcia
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Alma y Esperanza
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 5, 2012
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  • Morelia International Film Festival 2012, London MexFest 2013, Toronto ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival 2013, Berlin Lakino Film Festival 2014, Cine Las Americas Film Festival in Austin 2014, LISFE 2014
    the film has screened in over 8 international film festivals, among other in Morelia, London, Berlin, Austin, and Cannes
    New York (regional)
Director Biography - Itandehui Jansen

Itandehui Jansen was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and studied film directing at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. She participated in different international training programs, such as the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Torino Film Lab, and she holds a PhD from the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University.
Her films have screened at international festivals such as the IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), The Morelia International Film Festival and Washington D.C. Shorts. Her short film The Last Council won several international awards and was nominated for the Mexican Film Critics Award Diosa de Plata. Her feature drama film In Times of Rain won the Award for Best Emerging Feature Film at the Oaxaca Film Fest. At present she teaches Screenwriting and Directing at the University of Edinburgh.

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