Columbia Film Festival

From Mexico to Vietnam

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After losing her father at an early age, Tina Duran explores the rich history of her father, the story of her ancestors who migrated from Mexico to the United States, and the implications the Vietnam War had on the Chicano & Latino community.


Director Biography - Andrés Gallegos

Born in Chile, Andrés Gallegos discovered his passion for films at an early stage of his life. In 2008, he graduated with a degree in audio-visual communications at Uniacc, in Santiago de Chile. Andrés was awarded Best Cinematography at Fesancor (Santiago Short Film Festival) Festival for Axion, when he was just twenty-two years old.

Andrés was awarded by the National Audiovisual fund of Chile to study for a Masters degree. Andrés moved to California to earn his MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University, where he graduated and received the Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement.


He has made two fiction films and six short documentaries as a director; and has shot more than 30 short films and six feature films as a cinematographer. In 2016, he has worked as a cinematographer on the documentary feature “The American War”, directed by Daniel Bernardi.


During 2017, he directed three short documentaries and one narrative short film. In 2018, he shot five shorts and one feature, traveling to France, Belgium, Hawaii, New York, and Pennsylvania.


He went to Israel to shoot “Objector”, a feature documentary directed by Molly Stuart. During his stay, he directed a short documentary titled “Guy Hircefeld: A Guy with a Camera”, the story of an ex Israeli soldier who now fights against the occupation.


In 2019 he received the Best Cinematographer Award at the Oakland Short Film Festival. He also has been nominated for the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Heritage Awards for his cinematography work on the film Shoe Shiner. His work has screened at Cannes, Raindance, Málaga, Mill Valley, Valdivia and more.


Director Statement

Like any art form, cinema is constantly looking for mutations; mutations to create new representations of the human condition. I think that the cinematic experience is a theatrical illusion that uses narrative or non-narrative structures as a technique for interpersonal persuasion. I strongly believe that one of the key goals of cinema is to expand the consciousness of society. The democratization of film production has changed the rules of the game, allowing the rising of new cinematic visions. Exciting!

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    50:01
  • Language
    English, Spanish
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Andrés Gallegos
  • Screenwriter
    Andrés Gallegos, Daniel Bernardi
  • Producer
    Daniel Bernardi
  • Editor
    Jesse Collier Sutterley
  • Sound Design
    Dan Olmsted