Coordinator: Manuel Muñoz Rivas.

DEBUT wip, is a laboratory for documentary films at an advanced stage of editing, either the first or second film of an Ibero-American director. This laboratory was being held in Miradasdoc, and includes the collaboration of the Cali International Film Festival (Colombia) and the Santiago International Documentary Festival (Chile).

The attendance of the directing and editing team of the films shortlisted will lead to an enriching process among the projects, based on the analysis this laboratory’s tutor – Manuel Muñoz Rivas – perform on each of these.


Fernanda Faya / Brazil

Neirud, a circus wrestler known as “the Gorilla Woman,” died in 2011, leaving her past shrouded in mystery. Confronting family secrets, prejudices, and the failures of collective memory, filmmaker Fernanda Faya pieces together the life story of her Aunt Neirud at a taboo-breaking all-female wrestling troupe in the ’60s.


Tatiana Mazú González / Argentina

Todo documento de civilización transcurre enteramente en la intersección de las avenidas General Paz y Mosconi, frontera entre la ciudad de Buenos Aires y el conurbano.
Colectivos, semáforos, asfalto, hormigón, un cartel oxidado, gente yendo a trabajar. La realidad es una fosa común estratificada; esta película, un proceso de excavación.
O la disección del paisaje donde, hace diez años, se perdió el rastro definitivo de un adolescente en manos de la policía.

Fernanda Faya
Fernanda Faya is a Brazilian filmmaker. She directed ONE FOR THE ROAD (DOC NYC), GORILLA WOMAN (post-production, recipient of the Estimulo Prize of the Government of São Paulo, Proac finishing fund, and SpCine finishing fund), and ALONE TOGETHER (distribution). Faya holds an MFA in Film from Hunter College, where she received the “Excellence in Filmmaking” Prize.

Tatiana Mazú González
Buenos Aires, 1989. She lives on the outskirts of the city among cats and plants, in what used to be his grandmother’s house. She is a documentary-experimental filmmaker, editor, visual artist and teacher. She is a feminist and leftist activist. She is part of the Before Dead Cinema collective. His films The State of Things (2012 – co-directed with Joaquín Maito), La Internacional (2015), Red Hood (2019) and Río Turbio have been screened at FID Marseille, Mar del Plata IFF, FICUNAM, DocLisboa, Rencontres de Toulouse, SEMINCI, Cámara Lúcida, Anthology Films Archives, among many other spaces.

Yuri Amaral
Yuri Amaral is a Brazilian editor of independent documentaries. Yuri won the Amnesty International Film Award at the Berlinale in 2019 for her most recent film, Your Turn (2019), directed by Eliza Capai. His work also won the Special Jury Prize at the Havana International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature Film at the It’s All True Film Festival, Best Feature Film from the Brazilian Association of Film Critics (Abraccine) and Mix Brasil Diversity Film Festival. . In 2017, My Body is Political (2017, Visions du Réel) and won the award for Best Brazilian Film at the Curitiba International Film Festival.

Manuel Embalse
Buenos Aires, 1991. Editor and sound designer. Member of the Before Dead Cinema collective. He is the editor of Portrait of Owners by Joaquín Maito (Best First Film IDFFJi.hlava 2018), Esquí by Manque La Banca (FIPRESCI Berlinale Forum 2021 award), sound designer of Danubio by Agustina Pérez Rial (Best Director Mar del Plata IFF 2021) and assistant director, assistant editor and additional camera for Río Turbio by Tatiana Mazú González (Prix Georges de Beauregard FID Marseille 2020).


After graduating in Information Sciences at the University of Seville, he relocated to Cuba, here he enrolled in the EICTV, the International School and TV and Film in San Antonio de los Baños, from which he graduated in 2004 after specialising in Editing.

Since then, he has co-written and/or edited films such as Blanco en Blanco (2019), This film is about me (2019), Derechos del hombre (2018), Dead Slow Ahead (2015), Slimane (2013), Arraianos (2012), Ocaso (2010), which have been presented and on occasions awarded at leading festivals such as Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam and Toronto, and directed the feature-length El mar mira de lejos, which premièred at the Berlinale in 2017. He alternates his activities as a filmmaker with teaching, holding workshops from 2010 at locations such as EICTV (Cuba), ESCAC (Barcelona), LENS (Madrid), Altos de Chavón (Dominican Republic).