Off the Road

A film by

Mexico/USA | 78' | 04/2020 | documentary

A group of young musicians sing the deeds of three men who live in the most isolated region of the Baja California Sur desert. As the “Baja 1000”, the world's largest annual all-terrain car race,  takes place crossing the Mexican-US border, these men look for an opportunity to be a part of it and escape the apparent monotony of their small communities.

José Permar


Jose Permar is a Mexican filmmaker who graduated in audiovisual arts from the University of Guadalajara and attended the Berlinale Talents 2018. He won the Ariel Award for best short film in  2017, was nominated at the Students Oscars Academy Awards, and received a special mention at the Berlinale 2016 for his short documentary “Aurelia and Pedro.” His previous short films “Outside” (2015) and “Beast” (2016) have been exhibited and awarded at festivals including Shorts Mexico, FICUNAM, Morelia International Film Festival, and ISFVF of the Beijing Film Academy, among others.


  • Off the Road – feature documentary – 2020
  • Aurelia and Pedro – short documentary – 2016
  • Beast – short – 2016
  • Outside – short docu – 2015
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Director: José Permar
Producer: Daniela Silva, José Luis Villanueva, Wendy Muñiz, Guillermo Zouain, Oz Rodríguez
Production companies: Tardigrada, Zero Chill
Cinematographer: Ernesto Trujillo
Sound Design: Alain Muñiz
Editor: Felipe Guerrero
Composer: Alberto Romero


  • Visions du Réel, Switzerland (17 April – 2 May, 2020)
    International Feature Film Competition Won: Interreligious Award
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, United States (9 – 17 October, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • DOC NYC, United States (11 – 19 November, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Los Cabos International Film Festival, Mexico (11 – 19 November, 2020)
  • MIRA – The Latin American Independent Film Festival, Germany (12 – 15 November, 2020)
    Opening Film
  • Zanata Mexican Documentary Film Festival, Mexico (16 – 21 November, 2020
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival in LA, United States (10 – 12 December, 2020)
  • Black Movie Festival, Switzerland (22 – 31 January, 2020)
    Official Selection


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Dialogue list English: Click here

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