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SWIFT FEET (Pies Ligeros)

The Tarahumara—one of the largest indigenous cultures in North America—live in the rugged canyons of northwestern Mexico. For them, running is not only the best way to get from one place to another, it is an important cultural tradition.  They regularly compete in races that can last days and stretch well beyond a hundred miles. During the 1990s, Tarahumara runners Victoriano Churo and Cirildo Chacarito received international attention for their running abilities after they competed in several ultramarathons in the United States. Running in long, colorful shirts and sandals made out of rubber tires, they captivated the world with their strength and endurance. 
Directed by Juan Carlos Núñez.


Winner of Audience Award and Special Jury Award

Zanate Mexican Documentary Film Festival, Colima Mexico

 Winner of Best Documentary in the Lak Ech Section – FICMY,

Festival Internacional de Cine de Mérida y Yucatán, Yucatán, Mexico




X Encuentro Hispanoamericano Contra el Silencio Todas las Voces, México

Festival Gorniškega Filma, Slovenia

Festival Cine sur Microcine Latinoamericano in Lisboa, Portugal

Week of Chihuahua in Los Angeles, USA

KIMFF, Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, Nepal

Week of Mexican Cinema in Your City, Quintana Roo, Mexico

180 Grados Nicaragua Cultural Fest, Nicaragua

Indigenous Film Festival Xanavel lok’oliletik. Chiapas, Mexico

WAFF, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Canada

INKAFEST Mountain Film Festival, Peru

FICWALLMAPU Indigenous Film Festival, Chile

Week of Mexican Cinema in Your City Tamaulipas, Mexico

Ulju Mountain Film Festival, South Korea

Cinema Mexique à Montréal, Canada

Indigenous Film Festival of Guerrero, Mexico

Docs Puebla, Mexico

Trento Film Festival, Italy

DOK.fest – International Documentary Film Festival Munich, Germany

Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, Mexico

Cinema Planeta, International Environmental Film Festival, Mexico

Cumbre Tajin Festival, Mexico

Zanate Mexican Documentary Film Festival, Colima, Mexico

Oftálmica, Independent Film Festival of Xalapa, Mexico

DocsMX | Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City, , Mexico

Week of Mexican Cinema in Your City Chihuahua, Mexico

Rodando Film Festival San Luis Potosí, Mexico

FICMY, Mérida y Yucatán Film Festival, Yucatán, Mexico

Tlanchana Film Festival and Digital Art, Mexico

FICG Guadalajara International Film Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico


Juan Carlos Núñez studied Communication, Audiovisual Languages and Photography.  Juan has directed several experimental documentaries and worked as a as photographer and editor.  He works with the Oftalmica International Independent Film Festival, The Ambulante” Documentary Film Festival and the Luis Film Buñuel School Buñuel” in Xalapa Veracruz.  Swift Feet is Juan’s first feature length documentary.  Swift Feet was awarded fellowships by the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts. 

SWIFT FEET (Pies Ligeros)
Catalog # EPF16010; ISBN 978-1-933724-47-8, NTSC, 
76 Minutes; Copyright 2016; Spanish, Raramuri & English, Spanish & English Subtitles

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