More about Dear Camilo


Dear Camilo (Querido Camilo) is a Costa Rican / Brazilian documentary production directed by Daniel Ross Mix and Julio Molina Montenegro. It is part of the Iberoamerican television project of DOCTV in association with Costa Rica’s SINART.

Camilo Mejía’s story of taking a stance on the Iraq War takes us through many international issues such as the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, Latin American migration to the United States, military recruitment and the war on Iraq. It is told from the perspective of Camilo’s high school friends, and it encourages us to listen to the voice of our conscience.

Since October 2007 the documentary has been broadcasted in the 13 Latin American countries that make up the DocTV network and has also been selected for prestigious festivals such as the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam and the Miami International Film Festival. In 2007 Dear Camilo received the award for the Best Central American Documentary at the Icaro Central American Film Festival and in 2008 it received a Special Mention at the Oaxaca International Film Festival. Dear Camilo was shot between 2006 and 2007 in Miami, Boston, San José (Costa Rica) and Managua (Nicaragua).

Festivals and Awards

  • Official Selection (IDFA) International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam, 2007.
  • Winner: Best Central American Documentary. Icaro Central American Film and Video Festival, 2007
  • Official Selection.  Miami International Film Festival
  • Special Mention. Signis México Award.  Oaxaca International Film Festival, 2008
  • Official Selection. DocsDF International Documentary Festival, 2008

The Directors

Daniel Ross Mix

A self taught actor with academic background in Art and Philosophy, Daniel Ross Mix started his film career directing the multi-awarded documentary “Paso a Paso: A Sentimental Journey”. The affirmative events that followed, such as the Berlin Talent Campus and funding for his short film by the Cinergia Fund, prepared the way for his feature documentary “Dear Camilo”. Having been braodcast in thirteen Latin American countries with the DOCTV Iberoamérica network, this documentary has received the award for the Best Central American Documentary at the Icaro Festival and a Special Mention at the Oaxaca International Film Festival. It has also been official selection at the International de Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) and the Miami International Film Festival.

Julio Molina Montenegro

Independent filmmaker and sound technician, trained in the EICTV Cuban Film School and the University of Costa Rica. Julio has participated also in scholarship programs at the Centro Sperimentale Cinematografico of Rome, the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and the Berlin Talent Campus. His last production, Dear Camilo, was directed for DOCTV Iberoamérica and has been broadcast in thirteen countries, as well as being part of the official selection at the prestigious International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam and the Miami International Film Festival. Julio Molina is currently a lecturer in the UK.


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