YIB

YIB

The story of a search for the origin,
told in a reverence towards music.

DocsMX OFFICIAL SELECTION 2019
CIFF - CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION 2019
ACAMPADOC - SELECION OFICIAL
Baja California International Film Festival 2020

Synopsis

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In an autonomous zone between Mexico and Guatemala, where the border did not exist before and today seems impassable, two eleven-year-old girls with Mayan roots try to change their lives with music. The two unequal cousins Alejandra and Aleyda have very different ideas of future and origin.
Does music have the power to change a life? And what does the search for one's own identity mean when one has been separated from one's origin?

La Trinitaria in Chiapas, a state in the south of Mexico on the border with Guatemala, is an autonomous zone governed by civilian indigenous authorities. The formerly unified Mayan Zone is now separated from Guatemala and Mexican territory by an impassable border.
The national music program "Movimiento Nacional de Agrupaciones Musicales Comunitarias" has a choir in Tziscao (Mexico) and Guaxacaná (Guatemala). The dangerous border area with its impenetrable jungle and the lagoons make it difficult for young people to access the other part of the country. Penpals are often the only contact. The area of La Trinitaria seems cut off from the the modern world. But even from their own indigenous roots, the young people in Tziscao have gone a long way.
The two eleven-year-old cousins Alejandra and Aleyda sing in the choir of Tziscao and are inseparable. Every day they play football or basketball in the school's foggy sports field, sing Chuj and international folklore songs in the village hall, learn Spanish and math in the classroom, or do their homework in the afternoon sun by the lake. In addition, they help their parents in the field, in the supervision of their little siblings or in the kitchen of the family restaurant. But although they are inseparable, they are also a completely different team. While Aleyda comes from an open and affluent family and is blessed with a balanced and friendly character, the angry and rabid Alejandra comes from a poor and austere household. However, their difference is most evident in the perception of their own indigenous roots.
While Aleyda choruses the songs of the Chuj wrong but energetic, for Alejandra the culture of the Chuj and the marginalized place Guaxacaná, where Chuj is not only past but also present, represents epitome of dirt and illness. For Aleyda, dealing with her roots does not seem to contradict with her desire to one day leave this place to become a doctor. For Alejandra, however, her parents have already decided to take over her mother's food truck in Tziscao. Already it is becoming lear how the two inseparable girls will one day go their separate way. Both will make different decisions about the influence of their roots on their future. At the end they will sing together with the choir in Guaxacaná. In her arduous and dangerous journey across the border to Guaxacaná finally lies the solution to her question of origin, future and her own identity.
A very intimate and subtle portrait of two young people growing up in a place whose roots threaten to tear appart in the existential conflict between tradition and modernity. An area through which the border stretches like a deep scar not only through the mythical primeval forest, but also through the social structure of a formerly united commmunity. A film about the search for an experience of one's own origin and the restoration of long-forgotten bridges. Told as a tribute to the power of music.

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Screenings

MEXICO-CITY

MEXICO-CITY
DocsMX
12 October 2019

MEXICO-CITY

MEXICO-CITY
DocsMX
13 October 2019

CAIRO

CAIRO
Cairo International Film Festival
26 November 2019

CAIRO

CAIRO
Cairo International Film Festival
27 November 2019

Panama city

PANAMA
ACAMPADOC
August 2020 (Online)

Tijuana

TIJUANA
Baja California International Film Festival
June 2020 (Online)

Tijuana

TIJUANA
Baja California International Film Festival
December 2020

About

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OZAN MERMER

OZAN MERMER
DIRECTION & PRODUCTION

JOSE DANIEL ZUNIGA

JOSE DANIEL
ZÚÑIGA SANCHEZ

DOP

CARLOS CEPEDA

CARLOS ROGELIO
CEPEDA RUIZ

DIRECT SOUND

ESPERANZA RIVERA VOLLMER

ESPERANZA
RIVERA VOLLMER

EDITING

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OZAN MERMER

BIOGRAPHY

Born (1987) and raised in Berlin. 2011 part of the Berlinale Jury in the section “Perspektive Deutsches Kino”. In 2012 he begins his study of direction at University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). His first student short film „Fremdkörper (Out of place)” won BEST SHORT on „Durban International Film Festival“ 2014. His following shorts were shown on many festivals and won several prizes. In 2017 he begins to study documentary film making at the renowned film school Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico-City. After finishing his feature documentary “Yib” he concludes his studies with the shortfilm „Reina“ in 2020. Currently preparing his fiction debut and his second feature documentary.
See also ozanmermer.com

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JOSE DANIEL ZÚÑIGA SANCHEZ

BIOGRAPHY

He was born in 1991 in Torreón, Coahuila in Mexico. He studied at the University Arte7 for two years, in which his interest for filmography was raised. In 2012 he was chosen by Nike Mexico to become part of NIKE: THE CHANCE as a Creative Reporter. Since 2013 he has been studying filmography at the renowned film academy Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) Mexico in Mexico-City. He cooperated as DOP in various projects such as video clips, short films, advertisements and long documentaries. His two last short films „No pases por San Bernardino“ and „Sinfonía de un mar triste“ have been shown internationally at festivals like the International Film Festival of Guadalajara, the Sundance Film Festival 2018 and the Berlinale 2018. Besides that, he is a photographer and stills photographer, working for instance on the set of ROMA (Alfonso Cuarón). Currently, he is working in the post-production of his debut movie as a documentary director.

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ESPERANZA RIVERA VOLLMER

BIOGRAPHY

She was born in 1989 in Santiago de Chile and moved in 2005 to Munich, Germany. After studying Communication Sciences in Salzburg, Austria, she completed a 10-month programme at the Bavarian Academy of Television and Digital Media (Bayerische Akademie für Fernsehen und digitale Medien) in Munich. Currently, she lives and works in Munich as a TV editor as well as edits documentaries independently.

DURATION
65 MINUTES

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE
SPANISH / CHUJ

COUNTRY
MEXICO / GERMANY

GENRE
DOCUMENTARY

Interview

with CINE-SECUENCIAS TV (spanish)

Director's Comment

The connection between music and the identity of a person seems an interesting topic to me. Since I have three nationalities and have traveled and moved a lot, the art in the widest sense and the music in the more concrete sense seem to be the only place where I could grow and find a certain affiliation. I would like to tell a story of a place like Tziscao, where they do not use art and music to establish a certain affiliation, but rather fight for their right to self-determination and recognition; in two countries of the world that, because of discrimination, do not believe in the individuality of the individual through the origin, gender, age and fascination of music. Is it possible to live a happier and safer life through music? What power is in the music?
With this documentary I want to examine the potential of music as well as the roots of my own identity. How is the identity of a person composed? What role does music play in this? What influence does one's own origin have on one person?
The film is the search for the identity of the individual. With two young people who are in search of their own identity and future due to their age, gender, living conditions and indigenous roots.