Alma y Esperanza / Alma & Esperanza

A film by Itandehui Jansen

Mexico, Family Drama, 2012
17 min, HD, Color
Spanish, Mixtec with English subtitles

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)

This short film preceded the screening of the feature La despedida


ALMA Y ESPERANZA is the story of a girl and her grandmother who meet in a moment of grief. Alma is a ten-year old girl living in the US. Esperanza is her 75-year old grandmother living in an indigenous community in the Mexican mountains. They have never met, but with one devastating phone call, Alma will have to travel to her grandmother’s village. The girl and her grandmother have no common language, yet they find closeness without words. The film garnered coveted spots in imagineNATIVE and the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2013.

Regional Premiere

Print Source: Armando Bautista Garcia,


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