El sembrador / The Sower

A film by Melissa Elizondo

This film was screened as a part of the 2018 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF21)

With special guest Lucía Gajá in attendance

This film was part of the Ambulante Showcase

This film was co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin


El sembrador


Mexico, Documentary, 2018
86 min, Color
Spanish, Tseltal with English subtitles

Amongst the mountains of Chiapas a rural school teacher is dedicated to sowing the seeds of learning in a group of fifty Tseltal children of different ages. This is the story of a teacher who has been a father to the children of the community and who has made the school a second home for all of them.

US Premiere


Melissa ElizondoIn 2010 Melissa Elizondo entered the University Center of Cinematographic Studies of the UNAM, where she completed her first feature documentary film entitled THE SOWER. She has collaborated in feature films from La Media Luna Producciones, CUEC-UNAM and Once TV México. Her short films have screened at international festivals such as the Original Narrative Student Short Film Festival in Dubai, the Lebu International Film Festival, the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba, and at the Trento Film Festival in Italy.



Producer: Cecilia Girón, Melissa Elizondo Moreno
Production Companies: CUEC-UNAM, Mediodía, Laboratorio de Cultura Audiovisual
Screenwriter: Melissa Elizondo Moreno
Cinematographer: Natali Montell, Alicia Segovia
Editor: Raúl Zendejas, Melissa Elizondo
Sound Design: Alicia Segovia
Music: Ivan Trevino, Ivana Bilic, Escape Ten, Michael Burritt
Cast: Bartolomé Vázquez and the children of the school “Mariano Escobedo,” in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.

Print Source: Cecilia Girón,