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Heirs of the Dunes

Heirs of the Dunes is a short film produced in Parral, Chihuahua, drawing inspiration from the characteristic natural and historical elements of Chihuahua and created using the cinematographic techniques of silent film and the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. It portrays a dramatic representation of a young woman suffering the difficult conditions of the Mexican desert. Pregnant and alone, Ni’a must find a way to escape from her captivity. After mysteriously waking up in the middle of the desert and tied to a wooden post buried in the ground, a strange character appears from among the dunes, "The Cowboy," who initially seems to offer help to the protagonist but soon reveals that his intentions suspiciously revolve around the baby in her womb. For days and nights, the cowboy cares for Ni’a's needs but keeps her confined, maintaining control over the situation while appearing to have compassion for the woman's well-being.

  • Juliana Vega
    Key Cast
  • Bryan Aleman
    Key Cast
  • Oscar Lozoya
  • Oscar Lozoya
  • Bryan Aleman
  • Oscar Lozoya
  • Victor Avila
    Original Music
  • Cesar Diaz
    Executive Producer
  • Roman Gonzalez
    Executive Producer
  • Monica Jurado
    Director of Photography
  • Bruno Cornejo
  • Oscar Lozoya
  • Jesus Portillo
  • Uriel Mendez
  • Jose Aguirre
  • Luis Parra
    Foley Effects
  • Oscar Lozoya
    Sound mixing
  • Elena Urbina
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Crías del Desierto
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  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 MXN
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Facultad de Cine
  • Premiere
    Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua
    June 15, 2021
  • Rejon's Cinema Film Screening
    Chihuahua, Chihuahua
    December 16, 2022
Director Biography - Oscar Lozoya

Oscar Lozoya was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1998, and from a young age, he discovered his love of cinema. He would often watch Mexican films with his father and found himself fascinated by the way filmmakers could tell stories through the medium of film.
As he grew older, Oscar's love for film only intensified. He spent much of his free time watching movies, studying film theory, and experimenting with his own short films. By the time he was in high school, Oscar knew that he wanted to pursue a career in filmmaking.
After graduating, Oscar decided to enroll in film school in Mexico City. There, he honed his skills in screenwriting, cinematography, and directing, working on a variety of projects and learning from some of the best teachers in the industry.
Upon completing his studies, Oscar returned to Chihuahua, eager to begin his career as a filmmaker. He quickly found work on a variety of local projects, including commercials, music videos, and short films.
When asked about his inspiration, Oscar often cites his father and the Mexican films they watched together when he was a child. He hopes that his work can help bring the stories and culture of Mexico to a wider audience, and inspire others, just as he was inspired.

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