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Apr 13, 2018

Calling All Actors to be Cast in Mexican Film

Yulene Olaizola

Would you like to be in the movies? If you’re a Belizean between the ages of eighteen and thirty, you can come out to the Mexican Institute this weekend to be cast in a film that has potential to be recognized at the renowned Cannes Film Festival. Director Yu-lene Olai-zola has chosen for her film “Tragic Jungle” the story of Belize and Mexico in the 1920’s, when chicle was the export of choice to make chewing gum. It details the encounter between a pair of Belizean sisters and Mexican chicleros in the jungles of the Belizean north and the Yucatan. Olai-zola said she doesn’t need professionals or trained dramatists – just come ready to have a good time.


Yulene Olaizola, Director, “Tragic Jungle”

“Half of the characters are from Belize and half of the characters are Mexicans. That’s why we are looking especially for the Smith sisters, who are the main characters of the film. Agnes, the main character, is between eighteen and twenty-three years old, she’s a beautiful Belizean Creole girl, and her sister Florence who is between twenty-seven and thirty-one years old. So these two young girls end up in the middle of the Mexican jungle, lost and of course afraid. And later in the film, they are going to encounter a group of Mexican chicleros, the one who work with the chewing gum, and for this group of ten men its weird to finding a beautiful Belizean woman in the middle of the jungle, so everything turns into a crazy mad story in the middle of the jungle because these women make these men become crazy.”



“How have the casting been going in terms of people showing interest in trying to be part of your film?”


Yulene Olaizola

“It’s been going really well, we’ve been keeping really busy today. And we are not looking for professional actors; we are looking for anyone who is interested in acting. So we have a lot of people. And it’s been really interesting because I truly you don’t need to be a professional actor or to be trained in drama to become a movie actor. We believe that the camera captures your essence, so we are looking for just regular people who can be natural in front of the camera, so that’s why we have been receiving all these people who are interested to give it a try.”


Auditions continue at the Institute from ten a.m. to seven p.m. on Saturday and ten a.m. to two p.m. on Sunday. If you are selected expect to take part in shooting in the jungles beginning in October for two months. The finished film will be submitted to Cannes next year.

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