Once I Left to Become Maria

In the wake of her father’s death, filmmaker Sofia Castellanos begins to reconnect with her mother, María. Little by little, she begins to understand the woman that was left abandoned all these years – her identity stored and buried in dusty old boxes, her beautiful singing voice no longer nurtured. As the filmmaker questions why her mother abandoned her dreams, the film explores themes of gender and femininity.

Sofía Castellanos Sofía Castellanos
Director

Sofía Castellanos is a Mexican filmmaker with a degree in Audiovisual Arts Image and Sound Department from the University of Guadalajara. She has participated in the production of more than 30... more»

Eduardo Esquivel Eduardo Esquivel
Producer

Eduardo Esquivel is a Mexican filmmaker with an Audiovisual Arts Degree from the Image and Sound Department of the University of Guadalajara. His first short film URIEL Y JADE was chosen for the... more»

Omar Robles Omar Robles
Editor

Omar Robles is a Mexican filmmaker with a degree in Audiovisual Arts from the Department of Image and Sound of the University of Guadalajara. His documentary short AURELIA AND PEDRO received a Special... more»

Bruno Santamaría Bruno Santamaría
Cinematographer

Bruno Santamaría was born in Mexico City in 1986. He graduated with a degree in Communications and a degree in Cinematography from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. He... more»

Additional Credits

Fabiola Medina (Line Producer)

Genre: Documentary