Project Description

Yolanda Cruz is a filmmaker from Oaxaca, Mexico. She is currently developing her first fiction film, La Raya, a dramedy set in Oaxaca, Mexico, which will be produced by Canana Films. Yolanda completed the script for La Raya at the Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Lab, where she was a 2011 fellow. El Reloj, Yolanda’s second fiction short film, launched by Petate Productions and Latino Public Broadcasting, premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival in 2013. Yolanda is also developing Migrant Heroes, an online series of mini-documentaries about migrant heroes in the U.S.

Her work has screened at film festivals and museums around the world including the Sundance Film Festival, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, Park la Villette in Paris, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the National Institute of Cinema in Mexico City.

Yolanda’s honors include an Audience and Best Feature Documentary award from The National Geographic All Roads Film Project (2005) and The Expresión en Corto International Film Festival (2009) in Guanajuato, Mexico. She holds an M.F.A. from the UCLA film school and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. Yolanda is also an alumna of the Sundance Institute Native Lab.