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The Vision of the Explorer

Humboldt in Mexico: The Vision of the Explorer reveals the amazing story of the greatest explorer of the Americas and Cuba. At the turn of the 19th century, Alexander von Humboldt began a 5-year scientific expedition in the New World. Traveling through dangerous waters and dry deserts, and over treacherous mountains and unforgiving terrain, Humboldt documented the environment, geography and cultures of the continents of North and South America. The most famous scientist of his age, Humboldt changed our understanding of nature. He was also the first person to write about human-induced climate change. This fascinating documentary takes us on Humboldt's amazing adventure of discovery and exploration throughout New Spain, an area that includes present-day Mexico.


Ana Cruz has a degree in Communication Sciences and Techniques from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Film Studies from the University of Southern California (USC), and a specialization of documentary direction from the B.B.C. of London. She also has postgraduate degrees in Scientific Cinema from the French Society of Audiovisual Production (SFP) in Paris and at the National Museum of Natural History in France.

Her professional experience includes more than 30 years as a scriptwriter, director and producer in the film, television and radio industry in Mexican Public Media as well as CEO of the independent production company AC Art and Culture in Motion. She has collaborated on various film projects and national and international film festivals as a filmmaker and a member of film festival juries.

Ana Cruz has won recognition and many several awards including: The National Prize of Journalism in Cultural Promotion (1992), The Silver Microphone for Best Radio Series of Cultural Tourism Promotion in 2001. Her documentary The Suffragists has won The Audience Award, at the International Festival of Indigenous Film of Puebla (2012), The Casa de la Culture Prize at Lisbon, Portugal (2015), and Special Mention at the Human Rights International Film Festival at Bilbao, Spain (2014). The Suffragists also won The Screen Glass Award in Mexico for the Best Documentary Film Research (2013). The film was screened all over Mexico including Mexico City, Morelia, Guanajuato, Monterrey, Puebla, Durango, Oaxaca and at international film festivals in Spain, Portugal, Germany and the United States.

Ana Cruz has held the following positions in the Mexican Public Media: Director of Production of The Mexican Radio Institute (IMER), Director of the Cultural News Program of Channel Eleven, Programming Director of the Mexican Film Archives and Vice-president of Channel 22.

She was consultant for the Minister of Culture in Mexico from 2015-2016. She is currently the General Director of her company AC Art and Culture in Motion .Her most recent film, Humboldt in Mexico: The Vision of the Explorer, premiered at the International Film Festival of Guanajuato GIFF in 2017.


Guadalajara International Film Festival FICG Special screenin
Lima International Film Festival. Special Screening, Peru
International Berlin Film Festival – European Film Market Screening Martin-Gropius-Bau (MGB)
Guanajuato International film Festival. Official Selection GIFF
Morelia International film Festival. Official Selection FICM
Berlinale Market, Germany
2018 Winner Best Documentary – National Festival of Scientific Images MUIC
2018 Winner Humboldt Pride Medal – Alexander von Humboldt German School Students Association


Catalog # EPF16017 ● ISBN: 978-1-933724-57-7 ● UPC: 6-82086-16017-7 ● NTSC

83 Minutes ● Copyright 2017 ● Spanish, English Subtitles