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Mayahuel
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Ofelia Medina

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The actor must interpret the human being, demonstrate their qualities, their sensitivity, defects and weaknesses in all their capacity.”
Ofelia Medina

Ofelia Medina is a pioneer of the arts in our country; a multidisciplinary artist who has left an indelible mark in cinema, radio, television and the settings of Mexico.

At a very early age and thanks to her mother’s support, Ofelia Medina found her passion and vocation in the scenic arts. With eight years old, she studied dance at the Mexican Dance Academy (Academia de la Danza Mexicana,) graduating nine years after as a dance teacher and performer in regional and contemporary dance. At eleven, she joined the children’s pantomime group formed by Alejandro Jodorowski.

Her acting career bloomed thanks to her interpretation of Rina in the soap opera of the same name, in 1977. However, her career had started years before in 1968 with the movie Pax by the german director Wolf Rilla.

Throughout her prolific career she has participated in movies like: Patsy mi amor, El águila descalza, Nocturno a Rosario, La cabeza de la hidra, De qué color es el viento, Voces Inocentes, La leyenda de la Nahuala, and Frida Kahlo, naturaleza viva.

And for television in soap operas like Lucía Sombra, La Señora Joven, La Gloria y el Infierno, and Para toda la vida.

She has also participated in theater in plays like: La conspiración de la Cucaña, Triángulo Español, Los derechos de la mujer, El Águila de dos cabezas, and Monólogos de la Vagina. She has written, acted, and directed Cada quien su Frida, El placer de nuestra lengua, Íntimamente Rosario de Chiapas and Voces Mexicanas.
Only a brave woman like Ofelia Medina, could have interpreted a series of iconic, complex women of the likes of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Rosario Castellanos and Frida Kalho, giving them a voice and deserved justice in such an extraordinary way.

As well as being a great actress and teacher, Ofelia Medina is a relentless social activist who is compromised with the indigenous and zapatist communities, and the communities of Atenco and Ciudad Juárez. Ofelia took part in the 1968 student’s movement. In 1985 she created the Solidarity Committee with marginalized ethnic groups and in 1990 founded the health trust for indigenous children (Fideicomiso para la Salud de los Niños Indígenas A.C)
in México.

Someone should make a movie about Ofelia Medina because she is a wonderful and complex character to represent, and her story; worth to be told. If anyone gathered the courage and desire to interpret her, they would need to possess great maturness and a life rich in experience to meassure up to this talented woman.

Last year Ofelia Medina was awarded “El árbol de la vida” (The Tree of Life) in the fifth edition of Guadalajara’s International Film Festival in Los Angeles due to her contributions to the world of cinema. And this year, our city is honoured to welcome her and grant Ofelia the “Mayahuel de Plata.”

— Georgina Furber Avila
Programming Coordinator

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