A film by Karina García Casanova

This film was screened as a part of the 2016 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF19)




Canada/Mexico, Autobiographical Documentary, 2014 78 min, Color/Black & White Spanish, French, English with English subtitles

JUANICAS is an intimate and bittersweet portrait of a Mexican immigrant family affected by mental illness. For over ten years, filmmaker Karina García Casanova has been documenting her complex relationship with her mother and brother, both of whom suffer from bipolar disorder. When her brother commits suicide, she attempts to make sense of this event and come to terms with her past.

Regional Premiere

About the director

Karina_Garcia_CasanovaKarina García Casanova is a Mexican born filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. Her award winning short films (THE GREAT THINKERS, DISOWN DELETE) have been broadcast and shown in numerous film festivals and institutions (Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sapporo Short Film Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, etc). JUANICAS is her first feature documentary.


Producer: Karina García Casanova
Production Companies: EyeSteelFilm, KGC Films
Screenwriter: Karina García Casanova
Cinematographer: Pablo Alvarez-Mesa, Glauco Bermudez, Karina García Casanova
Editor: Karina García Casanova
Sound Design: Katy Wood, Terry Rodman
Music: Olivier Alary
Cast: Juan García Casanova, Victoria Casanova, Karina García Casanova, Juan García Tarancon, Olivier Alary

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