• Huelva Ibero American Film Festival

    Radio Exterior of Spain Award
  • Morelia Film Festival

    Special Mention film actress, Sótera Cruz, Cinépolis Distribution Award
  • Alacant International Film Festival

    Audience, Best Director, Best Actress, and Critics Award
  • XicanIndie Film Festival

    Best Fiction Film
  • Chicago International Film Festival

    Best New Director Nomination
  • Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival

  • San Francisco Latino Film Festival

  • Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam

  • Hola Mexico Film Festival

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Zapotec and Spanish with English subtitles

With Sótera Cruz, Érika López, Majo Alfaroh, Yuriria del Valle, Juan Ríos, Valentina Buzzurro, Jerónimo Kesselman, Mónica del Carmen.

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In a star-making performance, Sótera Cruz brings razor-sharp intensity to her portrayal of Guie’dani, a Zapotec girl determined to fight for her dignity.

Guie’dani is dragged to Mexico City by her mother to help in her work as a housekeeper for an upper-middle-class family. There, the subtle psychological subjugation inflicted by the white family functions as a metaphor for the oppression of the old world by the new. Yet, Guie’dani rejects the life of servitude and seeks her own identity through a friendship with another rebellious teen.

A striking contrast to Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Guie’dani’s Navel is a unique coming-of-age narrative exploring the racism inflicted on indigenous people in Mexico and the empowerment of a new generation that refuses to accept it silently.

About the Director

Xavi Sala graduated in Journalism and is a screenwriter, director, and film producer. His short film Hiyab was nominated for the Goya Awards. His nine short films have participated in many festivals around the world, receiving more than 80 awards. Sala has teaching experience imparting international script workshops in Latin America, Spain, and Africa.

Xquipi’ Guie’dani (Guie’dani’s Navel) is his first feature film as a director. It has been selected in more than 30 festivals and it has won 9 awards, including ​Special Mention Award for Mexican feature film actress at the Morelia Film Festival (Mexico), and Radio Exterior of Spain Award at the Huelva Iberoamerican Film Festival (Spain).


“Honest portrait that describes a reality of the country.” – Alejandro Alemán, Diario El Universal

“Catharsis fails and leads to a much more bitter and plausible resolution.” – Leonardo García Tsao, Diario La Jornada

“The antithesis of the portrayal of a maid maintaining and fulfilling her expected role in society as depicted in the movie Roma.” – Carlos Bonfil, Diario La Jornada

“Alongside Roma and The Chambermaid, Guie'dani's Navel breaks with a certain type of idealized and false representation that until recently was the norm in Mexican cinema.” – Fernanda Solórzano, Letras Libres

“The movie manages to show certain behaviors that have become normalized, but in reality, these are clear signs of racism that we have allowed to become ingrained in our traditions.” – Elizabeth Limón, En Filme

Notes on Film

“Guie’dani’s Navel is a film that deals with identity, classism, hidden racism and discrimination against indigenous peoples in the Mexican society of today. We understand identity as the set of values, symbols, beliefs, and customs of a culture -in this case, the Zapotec culture- but which can be applied to all other cultures around the world. The Mexican people don’t see that they don’t see.”

– Xavi Sala, Director