"Tote" is an unexpected encounter between an old man who goes blind and his granddaughter who does not remember her childhood well. While the grandfather weaves a traditional hat, the threads of the family history unwind. Between two silences, it opens the possibility of understanding the meaning of "love" in tzotzil.
Maria was born on November 18th, 1983 in the Tzotzil village of Ch’enalvo’, Chiapas. Mother of two daughters, she studied a degree in Communication Science in the University Autonomous of Chiapas and a master’s in Documentary Cinema at the University of Chile. Her documentaries have been screened in national and international exhibitions and film festivals.
In her audiovisual projects Maria explores and reflects on the narrative and aesthetic forms from her cosmo-knowledge as Tzotzil Mayan woman. In her professional career she has given cinema workshops and has made community audiovisual production with educational centers and groups, bringing Tzotzil children closer to audiovisual production through the making of video letters and their screening in the communitary spaces. She is currently working on the production of a documentary in Honduras about extractivism and women in resistance.
Tote_Grandfather is her first documentary feature film.
Daniela Contreras studied a bachelor's degree in Social Anthropology and a master’s degree in Humanistic Studies with a specialization in Literature.
Her first incursion into documentary filmmaking was in 2005, first as a researcher, then as a screenwriter and finally as a producer. Her job in documentary cinema has mainly focused on social and cultural issues, seeking a cinematography approach. Along with production, she has explored other strategies for bringing documentaries to audiences, as a way of connecting people to social and cultural diversity.
Between 2005 and 2010, Daniela worked on the production of several documentaries presented and awarded in many national and international festivals, and during 2010-2012 she produced screening tours in Latin America and the United States. And all this within the setting of the documentary film production company Terra Nostra Films, of which she is co-founder.
Initiating his work in the audiovisual media in 2005, José A. Jiménez Pérez begins a process of involving himself in the area of documentary video and later on, in photography.
He has stood out in different areas of participation, during 2006-2007 he participated in the seminar: A Vision of Audiovisual Media from and for Indigenous Communities, organized by the Sna' ik' Indigenous Communication Center and the Indigenous Video Artists of the Southern Border Project, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.
Later in 2007, as part of the Morelia International Film Festival, it received a special mention for the documentary film “Acteal, 10 years of impunity and how many more?” awarded by Renew Media: Grants for Visual Arts.
At the beginning of 2000, Guillaume studied cinema at INSAS, the National Public School of Cinema and Theater of Brussels, Belgium, where he specialized in film editing. He started working as an editing assistant and also as a sound assistant. This “sound craft” moves him more and more… It has something to do with his passion for music.
He moves to Paris where he is part of two different fields as an audio engineer: in the author cinema (working with Patricia Mazuy, Jacques Rozier, Isabelle Huppert…) and in the “sound activism” with free media, joyful self-managed radio and television collectives.
Participating in creative documentaries, he has the opportunity to travel to Latin America. Mexico and Mesoamerica fascinated him. Guillaume and his family decided to live some years in Chiapas, that is how he had the fortune to meet Maria Sojob and the Terra Nostra Films’ friends, on this walk to the Tote.
Graduated from the University of Paris1-Sorbonne with a Master's degree in Philosophy, followed by film studies. In the late 1990s, he focused on film editing in Paris, with the documentaries “Quelle histoire?” (Anri Sala) and “Maramures” (Fabrizio Scapin) among others editing works.
In Mexico he directed, filmed and edited the documentary series “Native Voices from the Northwestern Mexico” and his feature film ¡Viva México! (2009) has received awards in Mexico, France, Belgium and Bolivia. These works focus on stories of resistance of villages and people defending their lands and lifestyles.
He is cofounder of Terra Nostra Films, dedicated to Documentary Film. His work focuses on editing and post production, as well as on directing or producing documentaries. In recent years, he has edited the feature films “Acuérdate de Acapulco” (Ludovic Bonleux), “Tote_Abuelo” (María Sojob) and “Negra” (Medhin Tewolde). He has participated as a guest speaker in colloquiums and courses in Mexico and France. He is co-coordinator and one of the authors of the book “Cine político en México (1968-2017)”.
Martín de Torcy (Châlons en Champagne, France, 1983), sound engineer for fiction and documentary films, he lives and works in Mexico and France.
He studied audio technique (Audiovisual Technician, specialization in sound, Paris, 2004) and History of Cinema (Diploma in History of Film, Sorbonne University, Paris, 2006).
He has been working as an audio engineer and sound designer in a wide range of projects, both fiction and documentary, which have taken him to many parts of the world (Senegal, Angola, Thailand, Brazil, Portugal, Germany, among others), and worked together with cinema legends in different projects (Gérard Depardieu in “Grenouille d’hiver”; Denis Lavant in “Spring tides”; Carlos Saura and Vittorio Storaro in “El Rey de todo el Mundo”, etc.). He is also co-creator and partner of Canne à Son, a company of audio engineering and sound design in Paris, and he recently opened his sound design studio in Tepoztlán, Morelos.
Born in Mexico City in 1978. He studied engineering in electronics and communications at ITESM Campus Estado De Mexico and later concluded his studies in audio engineering at Recording Workshop, in Ohio, USA. He started his career as an audio engineer for local and touring bands all over the USA. Guitarist with more than 13 years of experience, he works on his musical projects and gets involved with the audiovisual industry. He begins to work on audio design for theater plays such as YOGAMOI, which has been presented at the Festival de l'imaginaire, Paris, France. Since then he has been working on all kinds of musical and audiovisual projects. He currently works in the film industry making different tasks from audio editing to the final mix of several feature films.
Born in 1988 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. Member of the cooperative La Cosecha and the audiovisual production company K’uxaelan.
Since 2007 he has participated in various alternative communication projects, developing audiovisual materials that portray and expose the human rights violations suffered by Mexico's indigenous and peasant populations.
He has made documentaries that have been shown in the communities where they were filmed and in festivals around the world. He makes films for people who do not have access to information.