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Awakening Dust

Awakening Dust

Director: Hari Sama
Screenplay: Hari Sama
Cast: Donacino Hernández Pérez, Mercedes Hernández, Julio Escartín, Juan Carlos Torres, Rodrigo Franco, Gerardo Martínez
Producers: Verónica Valadez Pérez
Production company: Té Films Producciones, FOPROCINE
Cinematography: José Casillas
Music: Darío González Valderrama
Editing: Mario Sandoval, Hari Sama
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 78 min.
Year: 2013
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish


This is the story of Chano, a man beset by the misfortunes of a life of crime and corruption. The neighborhood is the stage where he wanders through the streets, invisible, overlooked, and alone. However, it is precisely there, in the pulling away from reality, where apparently there is a space to commune with the moment, and therefore, with a certain luminous gaze. An unfortunate event awakens Chano’s protective instincts, throwing him back into a life of crime and appalling violence where he is driven by his compassion for a past relationship. However, his actions result in him sinking even further down. Awakening Dust is a film that reflects on the causes of violence even as it withholds judgment, giving a voice to the main characters in the world of crime at the fringes of Mexico City: the same community from the “2 de octubre” encampment are the ones who will bring the characters to life in this fictional story that overcomes the limits of reality.


  • Mar del Plata International Film Festival Argentina
  • International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Havana, Cuba
  • Transylvania International Film Festival, Romania
  • Cineteca Nacional’s International Forum, Mexico
  • Riviera Maya Film Festival (RMFF)
  • Mexico UNAM International Film Festival (FICUNAM) Mexico
  • Awards:

    • Riviera Maya Film Festival 2013: Kukulkan Award/Best Film
    • Tres Fronteras Film Festival 2014, Independent Film Project: Award for Best Film

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