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Detrás del Muro Winner of Mendocino Film Festival Film Challenge

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Detrás del Muro Winner of Mendocino Film Festival Film Challenge

Winner of 96-Hour Film Challenge to Premiere at Mendocino Film Festival 

Kiara Ramirez wins high school film challenge with documentary short about immigrant labor, “Detrás del Muro” (“Behind the Wall”)

The Mendocino Film Festival has announced Kiara Ramirez as the winner of this year’s 96-Hour Film challenge for her film Detrás del Muro (“Behind the Wall”). The student filmmaker will see her work screened on Thursday and Sunday night of Festival Weekend, June 2-5, first as part of a special Members’ screening, and then as the opening film of Reel Mendo, the conclusion to the Eleventh Annual Mendocino Film Festival, on Sunday, June 5, at 5:30 pm. This will be the World Premiere of Kiara’s film.

“Kiara’s film was an insightful and well-constructed examination of the human face of the immigration debate -- all in under six minutes,” says Mendocino Film Festival Executive Director Michael Fox. “She shows incredible talent and a sharp eye for editing. We expect great things from her in the future.”

Kiara drew inspiration for her film from the rhetoric she heard during the primaries; she herself was born in Mexico City (she moved to Mendocino when she was three). She wanted “to show a different perspective on the issue than what was being portrayed in the media.” 

After high school, Kiara plans to move to L.A. and work her way up in the industry. Her interest in film is obvious when she talks about her favorite directors, Terrence Malick, Stanley Kubrick, and David Fincher, as well as when she discusses how she got into film in the first place.

“In my spare time, I’m either watching films, studying films, or making them,” Kiara affirms. “When I was about 13, I began making music videos with my sister and friends. My passion for film has just grown more and more since then.” 

Screening on Sunday, June 5, at 5:30 pm at the Festival Tent in Mendocino Village, Detrás del Muro is part of Reel Mendo, which also features local filmmakers Maya Neumeier, Flora Skivington, Mischa Hedges, Nanak McCann, Nelsen Brazill, and Pablo Abuliak. 

Tickets are available online, by phone at (707) 937-0171, and at the box office. For more information, visit



ABOUT THE MENDOCINO FILM FESTIVAL: The Mendocino Film Festival has established a reputation for presenting award-winning international and independent films. Over the years, the Mendocino Film Festival has become renowned on the festival circuit, drawing filmmakers and attendees from around the world while maintaining its commitment to the local community. Featuring special events, filmmaker Q&As, and panels, the program offers the unique opportunity to meet filmmakers and film aficionados in an intimate setting while enjoying the striking natural beauty of Mendocino, which has inspired generations of artists.

The Eleventh Annual Mendocino Film Festival takes place May 27-29 and June 2-5, 2016. For more information, including this year’s complete program, visit

For more information, please visit or contact Kira Wojack at or 707-937-0171.