The Woman of Stars and Mountains

Mukí Sopalírili Aligué Gawíchi Nirúgame

25th TiDF: World Premiere

Rita Patiño, an indigenous woman from Mexico, was found by a human rights organization inside a Kansas psychiatric hospital, where she had been involuntarily confined, for 12 years, despite the fact that the hospital authorities were never able to determine who was this woman, where did she come from, or what language she spoke. After the consequences of confinement and medical negligence, Rita returned to Mexico, where she lives with Juanita, her niece, and primary caregiver, in a context of precarious economic possibilities.  A moving portrait of the lives of these two Tarahumara women, questioning the multiple forms of racism and discrimination that indigenous women in Mexico and the United States face.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Santiago Esteinou
Script: Santiago Esteinou, Javier Campos López
Cinematography: Axel Pedraza Ávila
Editing: Javier Campos López
Sound: Liliana Villaseñor, Pablo Tamez, Misael Hernández, Milagros Vargas, Pablo Fernández
Music: Galo Durán
Production: Impulso Cinematográfico Independiente, Hoomanz Productions
Producers: Santiago Esteinou, José Miguel Diáz Salinas, Axel Pedraza Ávila, Javier Campos López
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Mexico
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 101'
Contact: Santiago Esteinou

Santiago Esteinou


2008 Chronic Pain
2014 The Years of Fierro
2023 The Woman of Stars and Mountains