• Berlin International Film Festival

  • Ariel Awards

    Best revelation actor and actress nominee, best music nominee
  • Morelia Film Festival

    Best Film Award Nominee
  • Miami International Film Festival

  • AFI FEST American Film Institute Film Festival

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Spanish with English subtitles

With Alejandro Gallardo, Arnold Ramírez, Jaime Miranda, Moisés Galindo, Petra Iñiguez Robles

Alex has big plans for his summer in Guadalajara. He hopes to get a girlfriend, make money with a new job, learn a new song with his band, Mari Pepa, and win the upcoming “Battle of the Bands” concert. His summer expectations quickly become impossible to fulfill as he realizes everything in his life is shifting. Increasingly worried about his deteriorating grandmother, Alex realizes he must learn to deal with loneliness and begin to say goodbye to his innocence.

Armed with a full cast of local untrained actors and based on the director/writer’s personal memories, We Are Mari Pepa is a love letter to, and a voyage through, the alleys and garages of Atemajac, Jalisco. Establishing director Samuel Kishi Leopo as a new, exciting voice in independent Mexican cinema, the film skillfully and comically captures the breakdown of adolescent rebellion in a period in which boys are forced to become men.


“An unpretentious production as well as an essay-homage to adolescence and its ups and downs -at times poignant, bittersweet or terribly pathetic-, which manages to transcend its subject thanks to the humanity and simplicity of its characters.” – Mabel Salinas, Premiere

“A magnificent example of the fruits of an independent filmmaking system. We hope many will learn from them and achieve a great wave of provincial Mexican auteur cinema.” – Christian Sida Valenzuela, Letras Libres

About the Director
Samuel Kishi Leopo holds a Bachelor of Arts in audiovisual arts from the University of Guadalajara. His work has been shown in over 100 festivals around the world, including Clermont Ferrand and the Berlinale, where he competed on the Generation Kplus section with his feature film debut Somos Mari Pepa.

Some of his awards include the Morelia International Film Festival’s Silver Eye, the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences’ Best Short Film for Mari Pepa, as well as three Ariel nominations for his feature film debut Somos Mari Pepa.