Juan of the Witches

Juan of the Witches

Original title: Juan de las brujas
Country: Mexico
Director: Andrew Houchens
Cast: Juan Medellín
Year: 2019
Duration: 18
Genre: Biographical documentary
Color: Color
Original language: Spanish
Languages available: Spanish
Subtitles: English; Portuguese
Keywords: Baile, Gay, Danza, LGBT, Cine Latinoamericano, Envejecimiento, Historia en primera persona


 Juan of the Witches honors 82-year-old Juan Medellín's legacy as a founding company member of Mexico City's prestigious Ballet Folklórico de Amalia Hernández. An intimate portrait of a life richly lived and a testament to the power and the force of art, the film uses colorful hand-drawn animation to illustrate cherished memories from Medellin's childhood and introduction to dance to his heyday with the Ballet during its golden era in the 1960s and 1970s. Born from the director’s first encounter with Medellín on the day of the September 19, 2017 earthquake, the film is also a humble love letter to Mexico through the eyes of a foreigner.


 - Guadalajara International Film Festival 2019 - Ibero-American Competition (México)
- Montclair Film Festival 2019 - Short Documentary Competition (USA))
- Guanajuato International Film Festival 2019 - Official Selection (México)
- GAZE: LGBT Film Festival 2019 - Official Selection Men Short's (Ireland)
- ShortsMexico 2019 – Mexican Documentary Competition (México)
- Festival de Cine de Madrid FCM-PNR– Audience Award prize for Best International Short (Spain)
- San Francisco Latino Film Festival 2019 - El/Ella/They Queer Shorts (USA)
- Ville Film Fest 2019 - All Ages Shorts (USA)
- New Fest New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection (USA)
- Festival Mix Brasil 2019 –Mix Brasil Shorts Life Is Performance section (Brasil)
- Dance Camera West Festival 2020 – Official Selection (USA)
- Chicago Latino Film Festival 2020 – Official Selection in Competition (USA)

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