Returning Where I Have Never Been

Cannes Docs

Returning Where I Have Never Been

Original title: Vuelvo donde nunca estuve

Directed by: Constanza Vásquez, Andrés Morales

Produced by: Alejandra Rosas (Tonina Sur Films, Chile), Magdalena Ponce (Tonina Sur Films, Chile)

Country of production: Chile

Runtime: 75'

Expected release: November, 2024

Production stage: Post-production

Budget: €159 848 (66% in place)

1st feature: Yes

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In 1895, during the genocide of the Selk’nam people in the Chilean Patagonia, 165 indigenous were captured and brutally deported from their territory. Their children were taken by European settlers and forced to work as servants. A century later, a young Selk’nam descendant, driven by a painful family history, makes the journey back to her ancestral territory to prove that they are not extinct.

Director’s profile:

Constanza Vásquez Palau is a journalist. She has worked as a researcher for documentary series on indigenous topics, seeking to give voice to the protagonists and tell their stories in an intimate and respectful way. Previously, she developed her career in television, participating in documentary series, news and entertainment shows. “Returning Where I Have Never Been” is her debut as a documentary filmmaker.

Co-Director’s profile:

Andrés Morales Zambra is a filmmaker based in Santiago de Chile. He is a director, producer and screenwriter of short fiction and documentary films with a focus on heritage and history. Andrés also holds a degree in Architecture from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2013) and a Master in History and Cultural Heritage Management from the Universidad de Los Andes (2022).

Producer’s profile:

Alejandra Rosas is a journalist and holds a Master’s Degree in Documentary Film from the University of Chile. She has a diploma in film distribution from EICTV, Cuba. Founder of Tonina Sur Film, she produces documentaries where her greatest strength is to recognize extraordinary stories of ordinary people. She directs DOCUMENTA SUR Lab, a training and consulting space for Chilean independent documentary companies, with international experts.

Magdalena Ponce is a journalist and Public Relations specialist, with a diploma in Distribution Channels and Marketing from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As the founder of Tonina Sur Films, she is involved in documentary and television projects. Since 2022, she produces DOCUMENTA SUR Lab and also produces the series “Ellas en la Palabra” featuring women poets on Canal 13.