Sabina Berman

A Jewish writer exploring her outsider identity in largely Catholic Mexico, Sabina Berman was the first writer to win the Mexican Theater Prize four times. Raised in Mexico by her Eastern European immigrant parents, Berman studied Mexican literature and psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana and turned her hand to writing plays. Her first works, Rompecabezas (Puzzle) and La maravillosa de niño pingüica (The Wonderful Story of Chiquito Pinguica), both won first prize from the Institute of Theatre of Fine Arts, marking the beginning of her long and highly acclaimed career. In her 1985 play Herejia (Heresy), she investigates the painful history of the Mexican Inquisition, while her 1990 La bobe (Bubbeh) conjures memories of her Yiddish-speaking grandmother. Her 2010 novel Me ponders the relationship between humans and other species that lack speech. Among her many awards is a 2000 National Journalism Award for Mujeres y poder (Women and Power), a Multidimensional Poetry Award for Mariposa (Butterfly), and an Oscar nomination in 2010 for Backyard, which she wrote and co-produced. She co-directed Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman in 1995 and as of 2015 she has also written the script for Alfonso Cuaron’s forthcoming The History of Love.


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Playwright, writer, journalist, screenwriter, and film director, Sabina Berman.

Date of Birth

Mexico City,

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