Rubén Rojo Aura (born 1951) is a Mexican filmmaker and director known for his award-winning films that explore Mexico’s past and its complex identity.
Raised in Mexico City, Rojo Aura developed a passion for film that he pursued while studying at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After graduating, he worked as an assistant director for several Mexican productions and gained further experience by directing short films and television programs.
In 1981, Rojo Aura directed his first feature film, “En la palma de tu mano” (In the Palm of Your Hand), which was well-received by critics and audiences alike. The film tells the story of a young man from the rural town of Guanajuato who is trying to find his place in a rapidly changing Mexico.
Rojo Aura’s second feature film, “La perla” (The Pearl), was released in 1989 and won numerous awards at festivals around the world. The film follows a young woman from a small village in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca who is forced to flee the town when the local governor tries to take her land.
In 1995, Rojo Aura released “La segunda guerra” (The Second War), which was an exploration of Mexico’s history of political violence and the lingering effects it has had on the nation. The film was highly praised for its sensitive examination of the issue and went on to win numerous awards.
In recent years, Rojo Aura has continued to focus on Mexico’s past with films such as “La vida es un milagro” (Life Is a Miracle) and “Los héroes del silencio” (The Heroes of Silence). Both films were widely acclaimed for their exploration of Mexico’s culture and identity.
Throughout his career, Rojo Aura has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Mexican Academy Award for Best Director in 1993. He is respected as one of Mexico’s most talented filmmakers and his films have gained a lasting place in the country’s cinematic history.