"Ch'ul be" delves into the Tsotsil sacred path, exploring ancient collective commitments that sustain the cycle of life in community. In San Andres Larrainzar, everyone is responsible for the collective well-being, but few are chosen to follow the path of serving the gods. "Ch'ul be" is the path of Martha and Diego, and of Román and his son Tino. It is a journey from the everyday to the divine, from the individual to the collective, to ensure that knowledge is not lost and the cycle is not broken.

Data sheet

Film Genre: Documentary
Country: Mexico
Year: 2023
Running time: 70 min.
Language: Tsotsil
Subtitles: English / Spanish / French
Sound: 2.0 / 5.1
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Filming locations: San Andrés Larráinzar (Chiapas, Mexico)


Traditional music

San Pedro Martir Band from San Andrés Larráinzar

  • Sba Kojol Son Sventa Ochebal | The first opening song
  • Scha' Kojol Son Sventa Ochebal | The second opening song
  • Schakojol Son Sventa Mayotik | The second may song
  • Schakojol Son Sventa Mixatik | The second may song


  • Sva Kojol son Mayotik | The first may song
  • Yoxkojol Son Jme'tik María Schi'uk Sdianail | The first María y dian song
  • Yoxkojol Son Sventa Mayotik | The thirt may song
  • Yoxkojol Son Sventa Mixatik | The thirt song for may


Written & directed by: Humberto Gómez Pérez
Produced by: Daniela Contreras, Nicolas Défossé
Cinematography: Xun Sero
Film editing: Xun Sero, Nicolas Défossé
Sound recording: Jaime Álvarez, Mireya Sánchez Gómez, Humberto Gómez Pérez
Sound design: Martin de Torcy
Mix: Ricardo Lavalle
Music: Román Montejo Hernández, Agustín Montejo Hernández, Agustín Díaz Díaz, Carlos Román Montejo Hernández
Color grading: Néstor A. Jiménez Díaz
Executive producer: Daniela Contreras
Line producers: Humberto Gómez Pérez, Florencia Gómez Sántiz
Cast: Román Montejo Hernández, Diego Gómez Gómez, Martha Pérez Ruíz, Agustín Montejo Hernández
Production company: Terra Nostra Films