We seek to make social changes through art and culture, with cinema as the main tool for such transformation. Our projects encourage respect for human rights, promote tolerance and coexistence among people for the development of Guatemalan society.
To create positive impact and social change across all sectors of society, in particular, disfranchaised and historically invisibilized communities. We believe that by using film and media resources as educational tools we can generate critical thinking, promote professional development in this art, and put Guatemala in the world's cultural map.
In the next ten years, Ixcanul Foundation expects to collaborate with grassroots partners across Central America by addressing, through content quality cinema and media, and locally produced narratives, relevant issues to local and regional population, such as poverty and inequality, racism, environmental conflicts, sustainable economic opportunites, etc.
Jayro studied film directing in Paris at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français and in Rome, at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografía. In 2015 Jayro returned to Guatemala and founded La Casa de Producción, producing his first short films and his debut feature film, Ixcanul, with which he won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival “Berlinale” and more than 60 awards at international festivals. In 2018 Jayro produced and directed his second film, Temblores, premiered at the 2019 Berlin´s Film Festival, receiving several international awards. In September 2019 he premiered his third film in Venice, La Llorona, winning with it the Best Director award from the Giornate degli Autori. La Llorona was a finalist in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Golden Globes 2021.
Alba has a degree in business administration, a master's degree in development policies and processes, and another in cultural management. She studied in Spain, Portugal and Brazil. She has been living in Guatemala for more than 10 years, where she has managed a number of projects in the coffee sector, art, culture and human rights.
Diane studied psychology before shifting her career to Design at Parsons (New York), her career has combined photography, modeling, and cinema with non-profit work. For the past nine years she has worked as liaison between non-governmental organizations, local and private partners in the fields of chronic malnutrition, maternal health, food security, education, and risk reduction. She is a skillful fundraiser and coordinator between partners.
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