Tatiana Huezo

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Tatiana Huezo
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Tatiana Huezo Sánchez

(1972-01-09) 9 January 1972 (age 49)
San Salvador, El Salvador
NationalitySalvadoran and Mexican
Alma materPompeu Fabra University
OccupationFilm director

Tatiana Huezo Sánchez (born 9 January 1972) is a film director of Salvadoran and Mexican nationality, residing in Mexico. Her first film, El lugar más pequeño [es] (2011), a documentary about the Salvadoran Civil War, has been awarded internationally. In 2016 she premiered Tempestad, the story of two women who suffer the consequences of human trafficking in Mexico. It received the 2016 Fénix Award for Best Documentary.


Born in El Salvador, Tatiana Huezo has lived in Mexico since she was four years old.[1] She graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC), where she has since taught classes.[2] In 2004 she completed a master's degree in creative documentary at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.[3]

In 1997 she shot the short Tiempo cáustico. Her feature film debut was El lugar más pequeño which premiered in 2011, a testimony to the experience of the civil war in El Salvador. It has received numerous awards and has been exhibited at more than 50 festivals around the world.[3]

In 2015 Huezo presented Ausencias, a 27-minute short film that recounts the pain of Lulu, a mother who loses her husband and son, who have disappeared due to organized crime.[4]

In her work, she has portrayed the impunity of people before justice and institutions, humanizing the victims. About Tempestad, Huezo said:

Against the vomit of figures, images, and discourses that make the victims invisible, turning them into numbers, it seems essential to return to the faces, to the intimate gesture, to their history and complexity, to return to people, to their dreams, pains and hopes. Maybe then from there we can return to empathy, to the capacity to move us.[1]

Tempestad, which received the 2016 Fénix Award for Best Documentary,[5] tells the true story of Mexican women Miryam Carvajal – who spent almost a year incarcerated in Matamoros prison, accused of human trafficking, a crime she did not commit – and Aldela Alvarado, who is looking for her missing daughter.[6] "What happens in Mexico is close to the civil war that is taking place in Central America," explains Huezo.

The mechanisms of terror [in El Salvador] are very similar to those that currently occur in Mexico. [...] We have begun to see corpses without heads, the development of femicide on the border with the United States. [...] Unfortunately in Latin America we find widespread corruption, and impunity continues to be exercised on the basis of profound economic inequality among people.[6]


  • Tiempo cáustico (1997) 10-minute short. Directed.
  • El ombligo del mundo (2001) 30-minute short. Directed and scripted.
  • El lugar más pequeño (2011) 100-minute documentary. Directed.
  • Ausencias (2015) 27-minute short. Directed.
  • Tempestad (2016) 1 hour 45 minute documentary. Directed and scripted.
  • Noche de fuego (2021)


For El lugar más pequeño[edit]

  • Ópera Prima Documental (2009)
  • Gucci-Ambulante Fellowship (2010)
  • Best Documentary Feature at the 54th Ariel Awards from the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (2011)[7]
  • FIPRESCI Award, Special Mention at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival (2011)[7]
  • Best documentary of the International Independent Film Festival of Cosquín, Argentina (2012)
  • Prize for the Best Feature Film of the Visions du Réel Festival in Switzerland (2012)
  • Special mention at the 27th International Documentary Film Festival Munich (DOK.fest Munich), Germany (2012)
  • First prize of the Festival of Peace at the 27th Independent Film Festival in Osnabrück, Germany (2012)
  • External Radio Award of Spain at the 18th Lleida Latin-American Film Festival in Catalonia, Spain (2012)
  • Corazon Award for Best Documentary at the 19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, United States (2012)[7]

For Tempestad[edit]


  1. ^ a b "'Tempestad', de la salvadoreña Tatiana Huezo, es la apuesta de México para los premios Oscar y Goya" ['Tempestad', by the Salvadoran Tatiana Huezo, is Mexico's Best Bet for the Oscar and Goya Awards]. La Prensa Gráfica (in Spanish). AP. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Tatiana Huezo Sánchez". Film in Latino (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Tempestad" (in Spanish). DocumentaMadrid. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. ^ Bautista, Eduardo (20 January 2015). "Documentar el vacío de los desaparecidos, el reto de 'Ausencias'" [Documenting the Vacuum of the Disappeared, the Challenge of 'Ausencias']. El Financiero (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "'Tempestad', mejor documental en los Premios Fénix del cine iberoamericano" ['Tempestad', Best Documentary at the Fénix Awards for Ibero-American Film]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 8 December 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b Lépine, Cédric (11 October 2016). "Entretien avec Tatiana Huezo pour son film 'Tempestad'" [Interview with Tatiana Huezo for Her Film 'Tempestad']. Mediapart (in French). Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "El lugar más pequeño suma un Ariel a sus premios" [El lugar más pequeño Adds an Ariel to its Awards]. El Universal (in Spanish). Notimex. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Enorgullece a Tatiana Huezo ser primera mujer en ganar el Ariel a Mejor Dirección" [Tatiana Huezo is Proud to be the First Woman to Win the Ariel for Best Director]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). Notimex. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.

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