Guatemalan, lived his childhood in a Mayan community. He studied film in Paris at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français, then in Rome at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografía. He returned to Guatemala and founded La Casa de Producción with which he filmed his first film Ixcanul (2015), awarded with a Silver Bear at the Berlinale and won more than 50 awards at international festivals. In 2017 he produced and filmed his second feature film Temblores making its world premiere at Berlinale 2019. In that same year he produced his third feature film, La Llorona, winner of the Best Director's award at the Venice Festival.