Sergio Diaz (‘Roma’ sound editor) on evoking the Mexico City of Alfonso Cuaron’s past, from the rich to the poor [Exclusive Video Interview]

Sergio Diaz (‘Roma’ sound editor) on evoking the Mexico City of Alfonso Cuaron’s past, from the rich to the poor [Exclusive Video Interview]
Because “Roma” is based on Alfonso Cuaron‘s own experiences growing up in Mexico City in the 1970s, sound editor Sergio Diaz spent a lot of time with the director talking about “his memories.” Together, they wanted to weave together “all the specific sounds in that period,” which required Diaz to do his “own research.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

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Diaz did “many, many passes” on the soundtrack, providing “different options” for the director to choose from. He searched far and wide for “the bird sounds in Mexico City, for the car sounds, for the atmospheres, for the vendors,” keeping in mind the specific period he needed to convey in this story of a poor maid (Yalitza Aparicio) working for a middle-class family.

After amassing these various audio elements Diaz needed to “build specific
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