Private Project

"The Woman of the Thousand Masks"

In the picturesque town of Charo, Michoacán, a mysterious legend arises during the Day of the Dead festivities. Ana, a talented mask maker and the protagonist of our story, suffers in silence from emotional abuse at the hands of her partner Miguel. Despite her ability to create stunning works of art, her insides are diminished by sadness and lack of self-love.

Desperate and desolate, Ana decides to take a tragic turn in her life by taking her own life. However, instead of her Being disappearing completely, Ana finds her purpose in the afterlife to be reborn as a catrina, "The Woman of the Thousand Masks". She wanders the streets of the town every November 1st and 2nd, bringing hope and strength to the town of Charo, where the Day of the Dead festivities come alive with a mix of folklore, color and joy.

"The Woman of the Thousand Masks" is an emotional and visually impactful story that shows us the importance of giving our best, even in the darkest of times. Through the ancestral art of masks and the celebration of life and death, the short film invites us to reflect on the strength of the human spirit and the ability to find hope and purpose even after death.

  • Gerardo Chavez
  • Gerardo Chavez
  • Anhi Torres
  • Susan Mendez
  • Manuel Guillen
  • Dennise Vega
    Key Cast
  • Toño Urrieta
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 MXN
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    Black & White and Color
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Director - Gerardo Chavez