Sandra Luz-Lopez Barroso

Anthropologist and Photographer




Sandra Luz López Barroso is an anthropologist, photographer and filmmaker who has worked for more than ten years in artistic projects with Centro Cultural Cimarron in the community of El Ciruelo, near Santiago Pinotepa Nacional in the Costa Chica region of Guerrero and Oaxaca. The Costa Chica region is home to the highest concentrations of African descendants in Mexico today She has worked on several short films of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City, one of the two major film schools in Mexico, in various capacities as director, photographer and sound. “Artemio” was her thesis documentary film for the CCC. Before attending the CCC, Ms. Lopez Barroso studied visual anthropology and ethnohistory at the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City.Her work includes cinematography for the 2014 dramatic short, “Inch’Allah”, the story of Said, a young exiled Moroccan man who works in in the maintenance department of a Mexican hotel.More recently, Ms. Lopez Barroso is a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute Latin America Fund, which provides grants, professional guidance and an entrance into the US industry to scripted, documentary, animated, or doc-fiction hybrid feature-length films from innovative filmmakers and storytellers living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Her latest documentary project as director is “EL COMPROMISO DE LAS SOMBRAS” which centers around Lizbeth, a transsexual woman in charge of the funerary rituals in the small town of San Nicolas, who has a gift that allows her to accompany the souls of the deceased with songs, prayers and music, in their journey towards the unknown. She embraces this skill with care, and it has made her a loved and respected figure in her community, where her intimate life is spent in solitude and silence.

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