Tierra madre


Directed, written, produced, filmed, mixed and edited by Dylan Verrechia

Lead actress, written and co-produced by Aidee Gonzalez

Cast: Rosalba Valenzuela, Yesenia Espinoza, Karla Gomez, Patricia Barba, Angelica Gonzalez, Karina Talamantes, Amalia Sanchez, Evelia Mendoza, Raúl Rodriguez, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Sarabia & Oscar Tienda Reyes

Music by: Nortec Collective, DJ Raff, Thieves Like Us, Gentleman Caller, Streets on Fire, Von Haze

© Verrechia Films, 63', Mexico, 2010

Released in the USA/Canada by Vanguard Cinema, and in Mexico by Cinépolis Klic

Watch it on: Hulu, Netflix, Barnes&Noble, Amazon, Vudu


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Best International Feature at Out in the Desert Tucson's International Film Festival 2012

IMCED Filmmaker Recognition 2011

Special Jury Award at the Morelia International Film Festival 2010

Best Narrative Feature at the Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival 2010

Best Feature Film at the Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2010

Outstanding Achievement in Foreign Feature at the Williamsburg International Film Festival 2010

Best Feature Film at the Cinesul Ibero-American Film Festival 2010

Golden Palm at the Mexico International Film Festival 2010

Honorable Mention for Feature Film at the New Jersey International Film Festival 2010

Silver Lei Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Honolulu International Film Festival 2010


Grand Prix Longs Métrages at Chéries Chéris Film Festival 2011

Prix du Jury 2011 at Chéries Chéris Film Festival 2011

Ulises Carrión at the Mix Mexico Film Festival 2011

German Independence Audience Award at the Oldenburg International Film Festival 2010

Pink Peach at the Atlanta Film Festival 2010


Instituto Cervantes, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, October 10, 2012

Instituto Cervantes, Sidney, Australia, June 20 - 29, 2012

Tel Aviv LGBT International Film Festival with Instituto Cervantes, Tel-Aviv, Israel, June 15, 2012

Cinémarges, Bordeaux, France, March 29 - April 1, 2012

Tucson Out In The Desert Film FestivalBest International Feature, Tucson, AZ, February 17 - 26, 2012

Cinéma du Parc, New Mexican Film Week, Montréal, Canada, February 3 - 9, 2012

AndaLesGai Film Festival, Sevilla, Spain, November 25 - December 4, 2011

Cine Movilh, Providencia, Chile, November 8 - 20, 2011

Chéries-Chéris, Forum des Images, Forum des Halles, Paris, France, October 7 - 14, 2011

Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival, Caribbean, September 21 - October 4, 2011

Lisboa Film Festival, Portugal, September 16 - 24, 2011

Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, TX, September 6 - 12, 2011

Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Canada, August 11 - 21, 2011

Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico, May 21 - 29, 2011

Toronto International Film Festival: Inside Out, Canada, May 19 - 29, 2011

MIX Mexico Film Festival, Mexico, May 12 - 27, 2011

Turin GLBT Film Festival, Italy, April 28 - May 4, 2011

Cinemarosa, Queens Museum of Art, NY, April 17, 2011

St Barth Film Festival, French West Indies, April 12 - 17, 2011

Sacramento Film Festival, CA, April 9 - 17, 2011

New City Private Screening, Tijuana, Mexico, March 11, 2011

Lesbian Looks Film Series, UA Institute, Tucson, AZ, February 18, 2011

Merlinka Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, February 6 - 10, 2011

Zinegoak Film Festival, Bilbao, Spain, January 22 - 30, 2011

IMCED - Recognition Award, Morelia, Mexico, January 18, 2011

DIVA Film Festival, Valparaiso, Chile, January 11 - 15, 2011

Costa Rica International Film Festival, Montezuma, November 18 - 21, 2010

Lone Star International Film Festival, Fort Worth, TX, November 10 - 14, 2010

Fan Cine Gay, Mexico, November 7 - 15, 2010

MUAC, Mexico, November 12 - 14, 2010

Oaxaca Independent Film Festival, Mexico, November 5 - 13, 2010

Chicago Reeling Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival – Best Narrative Feature, IL, November 4 - 13

Les Gai Cine Madrid, Madrid, Spain, October 28 - November 7, 2010

Cinematógrafo del Chopo, Mexico, November 5 - 7, 2010

The Cineteca Nacional, Mexico, October 31, 2010

Cinépolis Theaters, Mexico, October 16 - November 4, 2010

Morelia International Film Festival – Special Jury Award, Mexico, October 16 - 24, 2010

Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Spain, October 15 - 24, 2010

Williamsburg International Film Festival – Outstanding Achievement, Brooklyn, NY, September 23 - 26, 2010

Mexican Film Institute, Mexico City, Mexico, September 20 - 24, 2010

Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany, September 15 - 19, 2010

Nomadic Tendencies, St Petersburg, FL, September 3 - 12, 2010

Strasbourg International Film Festival, France, August 20 - 29, 2010

Cinesul Ibero-American Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 17 - 27, 2010

San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Frameline 34, CA, June 17 - 27, 2010

San Antonio Film Festival, TX, June 23 - 27, 2010

New Jersey International Film Festival – Honorable Mention, New Jersey Media Arts Center, NJ, June 12, 2010

Mexico International Film Festival – Golden Palm, Rosarito, Mexico, May 21 - 23, 2010

Honolulu International Film Festival – Silver Lei Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, Hawaii, April 25, 2010

Riverside International Film Festival, CA, April 21 - 23, 2010

Atlanta Film Festival, Landmark Theatres, GA, April 17 - 20, 2010

Casa de la Cultura Obrera – International Woman's Day, Tijuana, Mexico, March 8, 2010

San Diego Latino Film Festival, CA, March 11 - 20, 2010

Muestra de Cine Fronterizo, CECUT, Tijuana, Mexico, 2010


Frank Hui: Life for most of us is not a scripted movie filled with amazing heroics or world-ending disasters. It consists of good moments that we take in and frusstrating hurdles that we try to overcome.  Neither a fairy tale nor a nightmare, it’s just life. If we’re lucky and strong enough we can face the obstacles and deal with them-and perhaps even achieve some happiness. The docudrama Tierra Madre encapsulates this perfectly. (read more...)

New York Times: On the Mexican border, erotic dancer Aidee Gonzalez struggles to raise her children, first alone and then with a new girlfriend, Rosalba, who works at the same club. When Rosalba decides to get pregnant, Aidee agrees to help her find a male donor but makes sure he is not an attractive romantic option for Rosalba. The arrival of the new child changes the family dynamic, forcing Aidee to reach out to friends and build the family she genuinely needs. ~ Baseline StudioSystems (read more...)

Time Out: The main feature is Dylan Verrechia's Mother Earth (Tierra Madre) about a woman struggling to keep her family together; a Q&A session with the filmmakers follows the screenings (read more...)

St Barth Weekly: Award winning filmmaker Dylan Verrechia presented his film, Tierra Madre, at the St Barth Film Festival on April 15 (read more...)

Arizona Daily Star: Tierra Madre is cinematically strong and offers a glimpse into experiences we have rarely, if ever, seen on film. - Beverly Seckinger (read more...)

Morelia International Film Festival: Winner X-Rays - 8• FICM / Interview with Dylan Verrechia. What moved you most in this story? Aideé’s struggle to provide her children with a good education. That’s the reason behind all of my projects: the place that we give to children. (read full interview in Englsih...) (read full interview in Spanish...)

Correcamara: Tierra madre es un ejemplo puntual de que se puede hacer cine de manera transgresora, con una cámara de video, tres personas y sin depender de grandes presupuestos; pero también, de que el modo de producción marca el ritmo de la historia, pero no es la historia. Si Lucrecia Martel le hace justicia, Tierra madre tendría que erigirse con El Ojo al mejor largometraje de esta edición. (read more...)

Los Angeles Times: The filmmakers were on hand at the premiere screening in Morelia. Gonzalez was received with cheers and applause, with several audience members congratulating her for "bravely" demonstrating her truth as a woman, lesbian, stripper and native of the Tijuana border region. (read more...)

CNN Mexico: Entre la realidad y la ficción. De acuerdo con el género del falso documental, predominan las situaciones cotidianas, como en la que un grupo de mujeres charla en grupo sobre sus relaciones sexuales, lo que provoca la risa del público. El aspecto de la homosexualidad está tratado de manera casi tangencial, ya que las relaciones de la protagonista con otras mujeres son fruto de "una relación de cariño, de complicidad y solidaridad, más que de motivos sexuales", explica Verrechia. De este modo, se convierte en otra circunstancia y no el asunto principal de la cinta. (read more...)

Don't Label It!: Surreal Life. Tierra madre (Director: Dylan Verrechia), Shot in black and white with a stark documentary feel, this narrative tells the true story of Aidee Gonzalez. (read more...)

Fandango: One woman's struggle to find happiness under trying circumstances sets the stage for this drama from Mexican filmmaker Dylan Verrechia. Aidee Gonzalez (playing herself) was born and raised in a poor community and has struggled to make something of her life after ridding herself of a marriage to a shiftless and uncaring man. Aidee supports herself and her children as an exotic dancer, and her work at a shabby nightclub led her to meet Rosalba (Rosalba Venezuela), with whom she's finally found a loving relationship. Aidee and Rosalba want to buy a house together and start a family of their own; to that end, Aidee is saving her money to the extent that's possible, and Rosalba is looking for a man handsome enough to be a proper sperm donor (but not so good looking to charming that he's likely to steal Aidee away from her). Tierra Madre (aka Mother Earth) was an official selection at the 2010 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi (read more...)

Poder Edomex: Por lo demás, en la elección de la protagonista respecto a su sexualidad no parece haber una postura ideológica, ni siquiera una reivindicación de género, y su decisión de compartir la vida con otra mujer tiene que ver más con el rechazo al machismo reinante que con su preferencia sexual. (read more...)

TIERRA MADRE is a first hand account of a hard working woman in Tijuana determined to provide a better future for her daughter with her female partner. One day, her girlfriend shares her desire to have a child of her own, and, artificial insemination not being legally permitted, convinces Aidee to go on the hunt for a male to conceive a child.

This feminist feature film champions same-sex relationship, the strength, the independence, and the solidarity that exits among women of all ages. It was shot in ten days with a budget of $2,000, a one-man crew, and a cast of non-professional-actors.

Award winner: Morelia Film Festival, Out in the Desert Film Festival, Chicago Reeling Film Festival, Barcelona Film Festival, Cinesul Film Festival, Williamsburg Film Festival, New Jersey Film Festival, Honolulu Film Festival, and Mexico International Film Festival.



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