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Zona Norte

Spring Grants 2021 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: POST-PRODUCTION

Javier Alejandro Avila Leon / Feature Documentary / Mexico, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: English, Spanish / Interests: Social Issues, Immigration


An intimate portrait of members of a community that lives on the streets of Zona Norte in Tijuana, Mexico—located just next to the border with the United States and one of the city’s most violent neighbourhoods. Alex, Hugo, Alan and Anthony reflect on their past and the relationships with their estranged families while facing a daily struggle against substance use disorder, health issues, police brutality and discrimination. Some of them used to have families and jobs in the US until they got deported and now own nothing but guilt and failure, while others were raised in broken families and have ended up living on the streets. They converge in Zona Norte, as outcasts trying to survive the hostilities of a society submerged in cartel wars, the government’s apathy and a global sanitary crisis, striving to hold on to their dreams of another chance at life.


Javier Ávila
Javier Ávila
María José Córdova, Javier Ávila, Pamela Rendón

About the Director

Javier Ávila holds a bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Media from the Arts Faculty of UABC. He has worked as an editor and assistant director on Mexican short and feature films. He received the screenwriting grant from IMCINE and the FONCA grant from the Secretary of Culture. Ávila is the director of 'Niña Sola' (Girl Alone, 2019) official selection at IDFA, Morelia IFF, Dok.Fest Munich, BAFICI, Festival de Cine de Lima, FICUNAM, among others. 'Zona Norte' is his second documentary feature.

Production Company Profile

Woo Films is a creative production company founded by Rafael Ley in 2006 and is based in Mexico City. In 2013, María José Córdova joined the company after working on 'Heli' by Amat Escalante. Woo Films filmography includes 'El Lenguaje de los Machetes' by Kyzza Terrazas (Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week, 2011), 'No quiero dormir sola' by Natalia Beristáin (Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week, 2012), 'Los adioses' by Natalia Beristáin (Rome Film Festival, 2017), 'Bayoneta' by Kyzza Terrazas (Rome Film Festival, 2018), 'Las Niñas bien' by Alejandra Márquez (Toronto IFF, 2018), 'Cómprame un revolver' by Julio Hernández Cordón (Director’s Fortnight Festival de Cannes, 2018), and co-producers of 'Niña Sola' by Javier Ávila (IDFA, 2019). Their upcoming projects include 'Ruido' by Natalia Beristáin, 'Temporada de Huracanes' by Elisa Miller and 'Eureka' by Lisandro Alonso as co-producers.


  • Main Contact

    María José Córdova

    Mr. Woo Films

  • Production Company

    Woo Films

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