About

David de Rozas is a filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist, and educator based in California. His recent work critically explores how memory practices invoke real or imagined places, spaces, documents, or events, to manifest plural ways of knowing, experiencing, and being. His films have been screened in festivals and film-curated series worldwide, such as Visions du Réel, Sheffield Doc/Fest, True/False, or Kassel DocFest. He directed and produced GIVE (2018), winning seven international awards including Best Short Documentary at FullFrame and Best Experimental at the Smithsonian African American Film Festival. The film was nationally broadcasted on P.O.V. and nominated for an Emmy under the Documentary Outstanding New Approaches category in 2019. His most recent project The Blessings of the Mystery (2021), a collaboration with visual artist Carolina Caycedo and Juan Mancias, chairman of the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, inquiries into Far West Texas’ colonial and extractivist economies through native people's cosmological consciousness and resistance against ongoing forms of erasure and exploitation. This interdisciplinary exhibition premiered at The University of Texas Visual Arts Center in Austin in 2021, was on view at NY MoMA, and it will be on display at UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences under the Visualizing Abolition initiative in 2023. The Blessings of the Mystery was featured at the Guggenheim Museum's The World Around public program and led to an Artist in Residency award at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2021.