Cynthia Garcia Williams is a California native born to a mother from Matanzas, Cuba, and a father from Guadalajara, Mexico. Three years ago, Cynthia discovered her deep passion for storytelling through screenwriting; ever since her stories have focused on empowering and celebrating the human experience and spirit. Cynthia weaves magic into her stories and characters using her rich, familial heritage, ancestral faith,
and generational resilience.
In 2021, Cynthia made her directorial debut with the award-winning film, “Dukkha,” a film based on her journey to sobriety that she created as a mentee in the Women of Color Filmmakers Director’s Lab. Six months later, Cynthia wrote and directed another award-winning film, ”Bilongo,” an Afro-Cuban folk story that pays homage to her ancestral roots. Throughout 2022, Cynthia worked on over a dozen sets. She also wrote and directed, “The Bible Thumper and The Bruja,” a comedy that ignites the imagination and revels in the power and the vulnerabilities of humankind. Her latest film, “Legend of El Cucuy,” was developed as part of the LALIFF Inclusion Fellowship. Cynthia was also chosen as a mentee with Unlock Her Potential. She is in preproduction to co-direct her first featurefilm, a comedy, “We’re Not Married,” set to begin filming in December.