El hogar al revés / Upside Down Home

A film by Itzel Martínez del Cañizo

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

With Special Guest Christine Davila, Director of Ambulante California, in attendance to present the film


Mexico, Social Issue Documentary, 2014
80 min, HDV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Gerardo, Omar and Santos are teenagers living in low-income housing in Tijuana. In addition to their great friendship, they share a deep emptiness in their homes; their mothers work all day at the factories. In their own personal ways, they cope with monotony, loneliness and the desire to thrive in a hostile place, which inevitably makes us question the results of development and progress in contemporary large cities. This is a story of realities and juvenile illusions in a context of difficulties and shortage, where dreams meet unexpected endings.

Regional Premiere


About the director

- DirectorItzel Martínez del Cañizo has been making documentaries since 2000, directs the creative brand of Cuarto Propio in Tijuana, is founder and Director of Programming of BorDocs Documentary Forum and has taught at the Autonomous University of Baja California and the Iberoamericana University. Her films have participated in and won awards at various festivals around the world.



Producer: José Inerzia, Itzel Martínez del Cañizo, Adriana Trujillo
Production Companies: Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE)
Screenwriter: Itzel Martinéz del Cañizo
Cinematographer: Alejandro Ramírez Corona
Editor: Clementina Mantellini, Itzel Martínez del Cañizo
Sound Design: José Inerzia
Music: Gabriel Duprat
Cast: Omar, Santos, Gerardo

Print Source: Vanesa Gutiérrez – IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx