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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Xquipi’ Guie’dani (Guie’dani’s Navel) (2019 Feature Film)

Xavi Sala | Mexico | 2018 | color | DCP | 119' | Zapotec, Spanish | e.s.

This feature debut by director, writer and producer Xavi Sala tells the story of a young, indigenous Zapotec girl (Sótera Cruz) and her mother Lidia (Érika López), who move from their Oaxacan village to take up work with an upper-class family in Mexico City.


Xquipi' Guie'dani is the feature debut by director, screenwriter and producer Xavi Sala. After an award-winning and successful career in short films, the filmmaker tells the story of Guie'dani, a young, indigenous Zapotec (Sótera Cruz) and her mother Lidia (Érika López), who move from their Oaxacan village to take up work with an upper-class family in Mexico City. The young lady doesn’t seem to fit into her new routine, and after meeting Claudia (Majo Alfaroh) – a rebellious girl with whom she becomes close friends – she starts creating trouble for herself and her mother at their new home.

Sala creates a strong portrait of Guie’dani, who fights for dignity and equality in a contemporary Mexican society, while she tries to understand her place in the world. The film touches on themes as identity, classism, and race discrimination, and provokes deep reflections about human behavior in our times.

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 17:45

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 13:00

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 18:45

Duration: 1:32

Year in Festival
Xavi Sala
Martín Boege
Alberto Anaya Adalid
Ricardo Garfias
Sótera Cruz
Aldo Álvarez Morales
Xavi Sala
Production Company
Xavi Sala p.c.
Xavi Sala p.c.
Xavi Sala
Year of Production
Xavi Sala

Xavi Sala, Alacant (Catalan Countries), mexican nationalized. Graduated in Journalism. Screenwriter, director and film producer. His short film "Hiyab" was nominated for the Goya Awards. His nine shorts films have participated in many Festivals around the world, he has received more than 80 awards and has become internationally acknowledged. He has teaching experience imparting international script workshops in Latin America, Spain and Africa. Xquipi’ Guie’dani (Guie’dani’s Navel) is his first feature film as a director, Special mention Award for Mexican feature film actress at the Morelia Film Festival, and Radio Exterior of Spain Award to the film that reflex better the Iberoamerican reality.


60 años/60 Years Old (2002, short), Maleteros/Trunks (2003, short), Los padres/Parents (2004, short), Hiyab (2006, short), En el instituto/In the High School (2006, short), La parabólica/The Parabolic Disk (2007, short), La autoridad/The Authority (2010, short), El reloj/The Watch 2011, short doc), El nacimiento/The Birth (2012, short), Del vino al Ártico/From the Wine to the Arctic (2014, short doc, co-dir), Xquipi' Guie'dani/Guie’dani’s Navel (2018)