Alma y Paz

Alma and Paz | Alma und Paz
Alma nestles solemnly against the tree her mother planted long before she died. Soon it will be sold, along with the rest of the plantation. Paz, her older half-sister from the city, is already sorting out the paperwork and getting the sale underway. Meanwhile, Alma is doing everything she can so that she and her grandmother can stay here, where her mother’s memory lives on. A chapter closes for three women – and in the process, the youngest comes of age.
by Cris Gris
with Elisa Garza T. Gonzales, Cris Gris, Ma. Isabel Garcia Mora
Mexico / USA 2021 Spanish 14’ Colour recommendation: 10 years and up


  • Elisa Garza T. Gonzales (Alma)
  • Cris Gris (Paz)
  • Ma. Isabel Garcia Mora (Tita)


Director Cris Gris
Screenplay Jeanette Lim
Cinematography Andrew Yuyi Truong
Editing Bowei Yue
Music Daniel Withworth
Sound Design Nick Jimenez
Sound Gerardo A. Villarreal
Production Design Diana Coral
Costumes Jazmin Aldaz
Casting Roberto Niebla, Monica Blanco
Assistant Director Anahi Guajardo
Production Manager Yareny Duriez Diaz
Producers Sabrina Stoll, Carolina Tamez Rodriguez, Brandon Tarver
Executive Producer Olutoye Adegboro

World sales

Sabrina Stoll

Produced by

Carolina Tamez Rodriguez

Sabrina Stoll

Brandon Tarver

Cris Gris

The screenwriter and director was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She also works as an actor and appeared in her first leading role in the indie drama Fish Bones. She is a fellow of the 2020 Film Independent Project Involve and the 2021 Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Lab and was also selected for the 2021 Women at Sundance Adobe fellowship. Her short film Alma and Paz won the Jury Award at the Morelia International Film Festival.

Filmography (short films)

2018 San Miguel 2019 Pia & Mike 2021 Alma y Paz (Alma and Paz)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022