Chuy, El hombre lobo / Chuy, The Wolf Man

A film by Eva Aridjis

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


Mexico, Documentary/Biography, 2014
94 min, HD, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles

Jesus “Chuy” Aceves is a Mexican man with the extremely rare condition that causes an excess of hair on the face and body. Chuy struggles to get by working as a carpenter in his village, then travels around England performing with The Circus of Horrors. This allows Chuy to make more money, but he grows tired of exhibiting himself, and his time away is causing problems with his wife. Chuy returns to his home state of Zacatecas and visits twelve of his relatives who also suffer from congenital hypertrichosis. Never before in the history of the human race has there been a family with so many cases of this condition, and CHUY, THE WOLF MAN is the only filmic portrait of them in existence.

US Premiere

About the director

- DirectorEva Aridjis was born in 1974 and grew up in Mexico City. She attended Princeton University, and then went on to New York University’s MFA program in Film and TV. Her first feature documentary, CHILDREN OF THE STREET was nominated for 2 Mexican Academy Awards and won the Best Documentary Feature prize at the Morelia International Film Festival in 2003. Her second documentary, LA SANTA MUERTE, screened at the 2008 Cine Las Americas IFF.



Producer: Eva Aridjis
Production Companies: Producciones Noche Oscura
Screenwriter: Eva Aridjis
Cinematographer: Diego Garcia
Editor: Eva Aridjis
Sound Design: Alejandro de Icaza
Music: JG Thirlwell
Cast: Jesus “Chuy” Aceves

Print Source: Eva Aridjis,