He was born in Córdoba, Veracruz (Mexico) on the 31st of May 1950. He began his film activities at the Film Club in the Faculty of Politics and Social Science. He dropped out of his Sociology degree and set up the Mobile Film Club (screenings for trade unions, peasants’ organisations, etc). He began to study Directing at the Film Training Centre, but he gave it up when he realised that he didn’t have the makings of a director, which is a profession he especially admires. With some friends he founded the distribution company Zafra-Cine Difusión. Later he would found Zafra Video and Cinematográfica Macondo, which are both still active. Through these he has distributed Latin American films, as well as what is known as art-house cinema ranging from Patricio Guzmán’s La Batalla de Chile to Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love. He has produced seventeen films, six of which have taken part in various sections at the Cannes Film Festival, from María Novaro’s Danzón, (Directors’ Fortnight 1991) to Arturo Ripstein’s Así es la Vida (Official Selection at Cannes 2000). He produced Arturo Ripstein’s La perdición de los hombres, which won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastián Festival in the year 2000, and he has also worked with Paul Leduc and the much-missed Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. He founded and was president of the Mexican Association of Independent Producers and the Latin American Audiovisual and Film Producers Federation. He has taken part as a jury member at Festivals in Sundance, Toronto, and Havana and in 1994 he formed part of the New Directors’ Jury at the San Sebastián Film Festival. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the new Latin American Cinema Foundation chaired by Gabriel García Márquez and the Cinemart Board in Rotterdam. He is currently Mexican Consul General in Río de Janeiro.