Yochi, a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi  learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course.

Awards: Best Short, Belize International Film Festival; Best Film, 2018 Universal Film Festival


Yochi (2017)


Belize, USA


English, Creole, Mayan, Spanish with English subtitles




Ilana Lapid


Mon 19 Aug 2019, 2.00pm,

Tue 20 Aug 2019, 2.00pm, The University of the West Indies

Fri 23 Aug 2019, 4.00pm,

T+T Premiere

Ilana Lapid

Ilana Lapid

Ilana Lapid is a filmmaker and educator interested in using stories to put a human face on global conflicts. She holds a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of Southern California. Lapid received a Fulbright in Romania to work with visual stories of Roma children, and was an Artist in Residence at Slifka Center at Yale. She has directed multiple short films that won awards at international film festivals. Her short “La Catrina” is a selection of the Women in Film and Television International Showcase, and the binational Femme Frontera Showcase. Her film “Yochi,” a US-Belize coproduction, is currently in its festival run and was Oscar-qualified by ShortsTV.

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