Filmmaker born in México City. Through a poetic, ludic and sensory approach, her work explores questions of territory, nature, legacy and identity that traverse her Brown body and her intimate sphere.
Titixe (2018), her first feature documentary in which she holds directing, editing, producing and cinematography credits, has been selected in more than forty international film festivals and collected several awards. The film was included in Sector Cine's list of "All Time 100 Best Mexican Films" after a poll done to a thorough selection of Mexican film critics. In 2021, the film was independently distributed throughout México in arthouse/cultural venues, including Cineteca Nacional.
In 2019, she was selected as a Flaherty Seminar – Professional Development Fellow (Flaherty Seminar, NY) and was awarded the Charles C. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award (Full Frame FF, NC).
She currently works on her second film My Body Is an Expanding Star, in collaboration with Semillites Hernández Velasco. This project has been supported by FOCINE-IMCINE (2021). With it, Tania has also been selected as a fellow for the Firelight Media’s William Greaves Fund (United States, 2021).
In 2022, she will be premiering her new short film as a director, producer, screenwriter and co-editor, “Eclipsis”, produced by Mexico’s National University Filmoteque (Filmoteca UNAM). She will also venture into opera stage direction for Opera Lafayette’s Silvain.
SELECTED FEATURES IN PRESS
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A mourning tree, dancing sprouts, ghosts, stories and forgotten seeds. This is a Mexican family’s very last attempt to cultivate their land.
DOCUMENTARY / MÉXICO / 62' / 2018 / DCP - 5.1
The last peasant of a family has died and with him, all wisdom to till the soil has been lost. Without experience, his daughter and granddaughter will attempt a last traditional harvest to try to convince Grandma, the widow of the peasant, to keep their plot of land. Together they will uncover the leftovers (locally known as the titixe) of this man and his world: a mourning tree, dancing sprouts, the language of clouds, ghosts, stories and the endless menace of losing the crops to a tempest. This is an intimate mosaic of the last harvest of a Mexican family, in a country that has forsaken its rural origins.
Directed, photographed, edited and produced by Tania Hernández Velasco
With Yolanda Velasco, Concepción Juárez, Valentín Velasco, Tío Abel Velasco, Abel Velasco
Co-producer: Rosa Galguera Ortega
Executive producers: Nael Gharzeddine, Ivan Lowenberg
Sound design & direct sound: Mariana Rodríguez Alcocer
Co-editing: Eduardo Palenque
Original music: Jorge Bolado
Additional music: Mario Bringas
Sound mix: Manuel Aguilar
Music supervisor: Fernando Heftye
Graphic Design: Juan Arturo García
Poster illustration: Dulce Ayala
SELECTED PRESS (SPANISH): 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
SELECTED PRESS (ENGLISH): 1 / 2 / 3
POSTER: HI-RES / LOW-RES
STILLS: 1 / 2 /3 / 4
DIRECTOR'S PORTRAIT: HERE
EXHIBITIONS IN FESTIVALS: HERE
MY BODY IS AN EXPANDING STAR(MI CUERPO ES UNA ESTRELLA QUE SE EXPANDE)
Two siblings make an imaginary pilgrimage through the memory and geography of their Brown bodies in order to discover their beauty and dignity. As they journey through the seas of their stretch marks, the fields of their hair, and the constellations of their moles, their ancestors emerge to accompany them.
MÉXICO / DOCUMENTARY / 4K-16MM /IN PROGRESS
Film supported by IMCINE-FOCINE (2021) and the William Greaves - Firelight Media Fund (2021).
In collaboration with Semillites Hernández Velasco.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I DON’T DREAM THAT I FLY(HACE MUCHO QUE NO SUEÑO QUE VUELO)
A short video poem about stones and the weight of some love stories.
DOCUMENTARY / HD/ 7'/ COLOR / 2014
Written, edited, photographed and produced by Tania Hernández Velasco.
Premiered in ZagrebDox 2014, PhoneDox Competition.
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BREVIARY OF THINGS IN MOVEMENT(BREVIARIO DE COSAS EN MOVIMIENTO)
A breviary is a summary of all the daily psalms, hymns and lessons of the year. A thing is a material object that can belong (or not) to a person. Movement is the state that experience bodies while changing position.
DOCUMENTARY / MÉXICO / 60'/2013-current
In-progress videodiary project.