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Acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s most recent project, Roma, is a semi-autobiographical film focusing on a domestic worker for a middle-class family in Mexico City in the 1970s. A visual meditation, a soundscape of the oldest city in the Americas, Roma captures an intimate, unique time and space, where women provided the glue that kept the world together, yet were always invisible and inaudible. A mirror of the city it portrays, Roma is an emotional earthquake, a world about to shatter, held together by the equilibrium, tenderness, and strength of one woman, the beating heart of the story.
Director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and editor Alfonso Cuarón studied philosophy and filmmaking at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His feature-length directorial debut in 1991, Solo con tu pareja, was a hit in Mexico and brought him to the attention of Hollywood. Having been nominated several times, he won the Academy Award in 2014 for Gravity, the first Mexican director to do so. In 2014, Time magazine named him in its list of 100 Most Influential People.
Photographer Carlos Somonte has worked with filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and theater producer Cameron Mackintosh. His work has been published in many international publications and books, featured in high-profile advertising and publicity campaigns, and exhibited in museums and galleries from Europe to Australia, India, China, and North America. He teaches photography at the Autonomous University in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Author Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; and, most recently, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. She is the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award, and has twice been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in New York City.