A film by Paola Castillo Villagrán

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


Chile, Social Issue Documentary/Biography, 2014
68 min, HDV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

GENOVEVA tells a story that links family memories with the prejudices behind contemporary images of indigenous people. A picture of an elderly Mapuche great-grandmother that nobody knows is the starting point for this documentary essay. Through the analysis of that image, speaking with family members, a trip to the towns of southern Chile, and an actress recreating various photos, we see the existing prejudice against indigenous people. It is a story about how the image creates reality as well as the importance of acknowledging mestiza identity.

International Premiere

About the director

- DirectorPaola Castillo Villagrán is a graduate from the San Antonio de los Baños International Film and TV School (EICTV) in Cuba and the EURODOC Programme, where she studied international documentary production. She has produced and directed documentaries, shorts and TV series about culture and cinema, which have won awards at local and international film festivals. She is a film studies professor at the Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica and founder of ChileDoc.



Producer: Paola Castillo Villagrán
Production Companies: Errante Producciones
Screenwriter: Paola Castillo Villagrán
Cinematographer: Pablo Valdés
Editor: Coti Donoso
Sound Design: Boris Herrera, Carlos Arias
Music: Camilo Salinas, Ana Tijoux

Print Source: Paola Castillo Villagrán – Errante Producciones,,