Frequently recognized as one of the foremost figures of the New Mexican Cinema movement, Maria Novaro’s career began making several short films and working as a cinematographer and editor. Her early career was also marked by her involvement in the Colectivo Cine-Mujer (Women Film Collective) in Mexico. The primary concern of the collective was to provide a platform and support to women in the film industry, ensuring that their stories and voices were present in contemporary Mexican cinema.
Novaro completed her first feature film, Lola, in 1989, establishing thematic elements of motherhood and self-discovery that would carry throughout her later work. In the early 90s she directed two films – Danzón (1992) about a single mother with a passion for dance, and The Garden of Eden (1994). Set in Tijuana, The Garden of Eden tells the story of three different women, each searching for a better way of life at the border in Tijuana. Novaro’s exploration of cinematic journeys continued in 2017 with Tesoros, the story of two children in search of treasure on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.