Archive of films The Jarariju Sisters / Soeurs Jarariju

Switzerland / Colombia
2018, 21 min

Section: Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema
Year: 2019

Vivian and Yandris are growing up in the ritual-filled environment of the Wayuu tribe, the last outpost of the ancient ways in northern Colombia, where the landscape is slowly being ravaged by the mining industry. After their father’s death they have nothing to tie them to their home anymore, so they decide to run away. An ethnographically precise yet poetically tender story about the courage to start a new life.


While the natural landscape of northern Colombia is being ravaged by the mining industry, the Wayuu tribe fight to practice their ancient rituals and to maintain the traditions they inherited from their ancestors. After their father’s death, however, sisters Vivian and Yandris lose the last bond tying them to the tribe and feel that this life may no longer be for them. Overcoming inner doubts, the girls decide to run away… Colombian director Jorge Cadena’s picture moves between drama and documentary as it captures an ethnographically precise, impressionistically poetic portrait of two young women who find the courage to challenge their tradition-bound environment.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Jorge Cadena (b. 1985, Barranquilla, Colombia). Filmography: Mapalé (2014, short doc.), Antonia’s Tale (2016, short), The Three Swallows (2016, short), The Jarariju Sisters (Soeurs Jarariju, 2018, short)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema
Director: Jorge Cadena
Screenplay: Jorge Cadena, Li Aparicio
Dir. of Photography: Juan Camilo Olmos
Editor: Yael Bitton
Art Director: Daniela Franco Morales
Producer: Gabriela Bussmann
Production: GoldenEggProduction
Coproduction: ECAL/HEAD
Cast: Viviana Uriana Jarariju, Yandris Uriana Jarariju, Rosa Jarariju, Wilson Sapuana
Contact: Swiss Films


Jorge Cadena


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