Year - 2021
DAUGHTERS OF WITCHES is a fiction short film that mixes paranormal terror with the fantasy and mysticism of Mexican legends and the wisdom of curanderas, still hidden and feared by much of the contemporary Western world.
It tells the story of Clara (Yalitza Aparicio), a woman now residing in the United States, who returns to Mexico to introduce her newborn daughter to her family. Clara and her baby have to participate in an ancient family ritual in the middle of the forest, even against Clara's husband's prejudice and her own apprehension as a new mother.
Directed by Faride Schroeder
Produced by Mario Muñoz and Faride Schroeder
Written by Mario Muñoz, Faride Schroeder & Karen Acosta
Executive Producers Dawn Fanning Moore, David Moore, Carmen Valdivia, Maria José de Diego, and Danny Sherman
Cast Yalitza Aparicio, Dolores Heredia, Alejandro Edda, Arleth de la Rosa, Erandeni Durán, Violeta Santiago, Rosa María Hernández, Ulises Martínez
Behind the scenes
Yalitza Aparicio stars in the short film 'Daughters of witches'
Daughters of witches: The mystical short film starring Yalitza Aparicio
‘Daughters of witches’: The new terror short starred by Yalitza Aparicio
The premiere of Daughters of Witches, by Faride Schroeder
Is a Mexican director with a passion for images and characters with multiple layers of meaning. In his work, intuition is visible, beauty and magic; always from a strong feminine gaze. For 16 years she has worked in Film and Advertising nationally and internationally. She is co-producer of the fiction feature films 'Los Minutos Negros' (2021) by Mario Muñoz, official selection of the Morelia Festival and the Mexico-US co-production ‘Son of Monarchs’ (2021) by Alexis Gambis, winner of the Alfred P. Sloan award in the Sundance Festival 2021, he was also Assistant Director of Noche de Fuego of Tatiana Huezo (Tempestad) which was the winner of a Special Mention of the Jury in A Certain Look at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
Faride writes and directs his own film projects that have been an official selection at various international festivals. He recently filmed his short film Oasis (2020), which was awarded at the Cannes Festival with 1st place National and 1st place International in the Nespresso Talents 2020 competition and exhibited as part of the Critics' Week program. Faride also served as the International Jury of Nespresso Talents 2021 with the French actress Zita Hanrot and Chinese actor Mark Chao at the Cannes Film Festival. His feature-length documentary based on Oasis, won the Gabriel Figueroa Award for Production. Film Fund of the Los Cabos Festival 2020. He is currently working on his script for the fiction feature film ‘Los Amantes de este Mundo’ which was selected in the Film Script Writing Advisory Program of the Morelia Festival and the French Embassy together with Astrid Rondero and Fernanda Valadez; and post-produced his fiction short film ‘Daughters of Witches’ (2021) filmed for the US platform Hulu, starring the Oscar nominee Yalitza Aparicio and by Dolores Heredia.
WRITER AND PRODUCER
Mario is a director who turns his creativity into ideas for advertising, film, theater and animation. His work is defined by emotional and memorable storytelling that spans many genres and styles. Mario founded his company Voces Imaginarias (Imaginary Voices) in 1997 with which he has produced highly successful and award-winning campaigns for some of the most important clients and agencies in Mexico and the US. His first short, Mientras me Muero (While I Die) (2003), was nominated for an Ariel and won the Golden Sun for best short at the Biarritz Film Festival. In 2008 Mario directed his first feature film, the thriller Bajo la Sal (Under the Salt), which was produced by Warner Brothers and premiered in competition at the Morelia International Film Festival, generating awards, great box office and reviews. Currently Mario divides his time between generating content ideas, scripts, creative ideas for advertising clients, and shooting ads and movies. Currently he is directing the animated series Luli y Gabo while developing other projects for film and television. His new film Los minutos Negros, the adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Martin Solares, will premiere in competition in the FICM.
She writes live action and is a specialist in animation script. Selected at the Pixelatl Festival for 3 consecutive years with more than one project, both series and feature films. One of them, acquired by Ánima Estudios, and another winner of the Ideatoon 2018 award. Script Doctor of the short film “El Tigre sin Rayas”, winner of the Folimage Studio in Annecy 2017, eligible in the 93rd Academy Awards Oscars 2021 to compete for the Best Animated Short. IMCINE jury for the 2019 short film call. Winner of the FONCA Young Creators 2019-2020 in the Film Script category. Winner of the Promocine 2020 Film Production Contest and the Support for the Short Film Production of FOCINE 2021 with her script “Postludio”. Screenwriter for "Hijas de Brujas" with Yalitza Aparicio as the main character. Head writer of Catalina la Catrina's Day of the Dead Special for Blim and Channel 5. Karen lives in Mexico City and in addition to writing, she is part of “The Assembly MX” where she performs Improv Comedy presentations with her team “Capitán Gato”.