Director: Sergio Ramírez Producer: Joaquín Ruano Screenplay: Sergio Ramírez Cinematographer: Álvaro Rodríguez Editor: Joel Prieto Music: Joaquin Orellana Principal Cast: Carlos Escalante, Sak Nicté, Julián Zacarías, Maya Núñez, Sécil de León
Tomás Choc is two days and 150 kilometres away from seeing Lucía, his only living daughter. It has been twenty years since she was kidnapped from their K’iche’ Mayan village by the army during the Guatemalan civil war; she was just three years old then. Tomás has kept a journal of his experience of struggle, resistance and survival, hoping that one day he would be reunited with his daughter and able to give it to her. As this deeply sensitive and beautifully crafted film portrays, a journey of this magnitude must cover a distance that is not merely physical.
The use of non-professional actors adds poignancy and veracity to the images, with no overwrought emotion to eclipse their dignity. Diana Sanchez
Don Tomás Choc está a dos días y 150 kilómetros de volver a ver a Lucía, su única hija. Han pasado 20 años desde que fueron separados, cuando ella era una niña de tres años, en medio de la guerra que vivió Guatemala. A pesar del dolor de esta ausencia y con el fin de que su historia no se olvide, don Tomás ha escrito en un cuaderno su experiencia de lucha y resistencia, con la esperanza de poder entregárselo algún día a su hija.
Sergio Ramírez was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in 1978. Distancia, his feature film debut, participated in Films in Progress at San Sebastián. It won the Coral Award for Best First Feature at the Havana Film Festival. It also won Best Film and Best Director at the Havana Film Festival in New York.