Journey to the Land of the Tarahumara (en)

Viaje al país de los Tarahumaras

Chosen in: 


Federico Cecchetti


  • United States
  • Mexico


110 min


Federico Cecchetti & Pierre Saint-Martin


Omar Guzmán


Emiliano Motta

Director of photography: 

Iván Hernández


François Negret, José Cruz Apachoachi, Olivier Rabourdin, Esther González, Aurelio González, Nicolas Sotnikoff, Sylvie Testud



Synopsis : 

The life of Rayenari changes when the poet Antonin Artaud arrives to his village seeking the spiritual knowledge of the Tarahumara. Rayenari introduces him to the Peyote ceremony. However, the poet abandons the ritual and loses his soul. Sometime later, Rayenari discovers through dreams that Artaud has been committed to a mental hospital. It will be through this connection that Rayenari will help his friend to recover what he lost.


Writings in France : Cinéfondation's residency of the Cannes film festival, Moulin d'Andé's writing residency, rewriting scenarios CNC grant.

Development in Mexico : Gabriel Figuroa's fund for the Cabos Film Festival's development.

Production : Investment and incentive Cinema's fund (FIDECINE), Financial Incentive to Investment's Projects for the production and national cinematographical broadcating (EFICINE) ; Chihuahua's Program of Inducement for arts and Culture Eka Nawéame , Mexican cinema promoting program (FOCINE).

Postproduction : Encouragement's Study Awards Churubrusco Azteca Morealia 2021, Titrafilm Prize , Nmf Prize and Color Front of Primer Corte - Ventana Sur 2021.

Director's biography: 

Federico Cecchetti studied film directing at CUEC-UNAM Film School. He has participated in many international workshops such as Berlinale Talent Campus, Cinéfondation and Locarno Filmmakers Academy. Mara'akame's Dream, his first feature film, received 12 Ariel nominations and earned two: Best First Work and Original Music. It was also awarded Best First Mexican Film Prize at Morelia Film Festival in 2017.

Photo credit: © Miguel Gold / Machete


2016 - El sueño de Mara'akame (Mara'akame's dream) - feature

Production notes: 

Edher Campos is founder of Machete, has produced Leap Year (Caméra d'Or, Cannes 2010), The Golden Dream (Un Certain Talent, Cannes 2013) and I carry you with me (winner at Sundance 2020 and nominated for the Spirit Awards 2021). He also produced internationally renowned films such as X500, Tales of Mexico and Sonora, the Devil's Highway. Since 2020 he is part of the Producers Branch of the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Edher Campos & Ángel Urraza


Jana Diaz Juhl & Pau Brunet