Production team

Francisca & Gautier

The documentary Hijas del Maguey is a collaborative work between director Francisca Siza and producer Gautier Heins . This is their first feature film.

Of course there would not have been any story to tell if it were not for the Mujeres del Mezcal y Maguey de Mexico collective, and in particular for Yolanda Ruiz , national president, founder of the association and executive producer of the film.

On the technical side, we had the great pleasure to work with:

Besides the original soundtrack, artists from México did us the honour of providing their work to be used in the film. A huge thank you to:

Gautier and Francisca would also like to warmly thank Claudia Castañuela for her tireless help, patience and invaluable advice throughout the production of Las Hijas del Maguey.

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With a degree in English Literature from the University of Oporto and a master in documentary cinema from the Catholic University of Buenos Aires, Francisca is a freelance videographer and photographer. She directed documentary series such as MTF and Casulo, among others. She has experience in directing feature and short films, experimental video, and photography. Her work has been exhibited in New York and at the MDAM in Porto.

With a degree in chemical engineering from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Gautier has spent his whole career working in international companies, always focusing on developing both vertical and horizontal partnerships. His carrer brought him to Latin America, Europe and Asia, working in areas as diverse as business development, customer relations and IT. As project manager for the Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles for 5 years, he worked closely with spirits producers from LATAM, as well as with professional and opinion makers of the industry.

Many people contributed to the production of the film in a huge number of ways. Offering financial support, hosting the crew, facilitating transport to remote areas, helping us better understand the maguey, the agave distillates, the socio-economic impact of the industry or where the women stand today, or simply sharing with us a part of their very own México, they made our experience invaluable. Words will never convey how thankful we are to all.

And of course, all the chapters president and national representatives of Mujeres del Mezcal y Maguey de México: