Kyzza Terrazas is a writer and filmmaker. He was born in Nairobi, Kenia, of Mexican
parents and has lived in Mexico most of his life. He holds an undergraduate degree in
philosophy from UNAM and an MFA in film from Columbia University, where he
graduated with honors, writing and directing Matapájaros, a short film shot in NYC with
Mexican immigrants. He has published two books of short stories: El primer ojo (1997)
and Cumbia y desaparecer (2010). He was head of development for Canana Films and
has executive-produced several features including Drama/Mex, Cochochi, Voy-a-
explotar, She doesn´t Want to Sleep Alone and Los adioses (The Eternal Feminine).
From 2010 to 2011 he was head of the Archivo Memoria of Cineteca Nacional, an
archive of orphan, amateur and family films, for which he made Carta al ingeniero, a
short made with footage from his grandfather´s film archive. El lenguaje de los
machetes (Machete Language), his first feature film as writer/ director, premiered in
2011 at the Critic’s Week of the Venice Film Festival and screened in festivals including
Morelia, FICUNAM, Chicago, the Festival Cinelatino of Toulouse and Cartagena, where
it received the jury prize. His second feature, Somos lengua a documentary about hip-
hop in Mexico, premiered at FICUNAM in 2016, and was recently released
commercially in Mexico. Bayoneta, his third feature, a co-production between Mexico
and Finland, premiered at the Rome Film Festival in 2018 and has been nominated for
6 Ariels. Alongside Gael García Bernal and Jorge Dorantes, Terrazas is the creator,
writer and producer for Aquí en la tierra (seasons 1 and 2), a series for Fox Latin
America, for which he is also showrunner. He is currently head of development and
creative production at La Corriente del Golfo.
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