EN - Karla’s Arrival follows teenage mother Sujeylin Aguilar and her newborn baby Karla who live as part of a group of kids in a small park in Managua (Nicaragua) as they struggle through the first year of the child’s life. During this period, Sujeylin makes three attempts to establish a stable life for the sake of her child, while embarking on a personal journey towards adulthood.

FR - Sujeylin Aguilar, une mère adolescente et Karla, son nourrisson,  vivent avec un groupe d’enfants dans un petit parc situé à Managua (Nicaragua) qui se battent pendant la première année de vie de l’enfant. Au cours de cette période, la jeune mère essaie à trois reprises d’atteindre une vie stable pour le bien de son enfant, tout en entamant un voyage interne vers la maturité. Karla’s Arrival est un documentaire marquant qui aborde le problème universel de la seconde génération d’enfants qui vivent dans la rue.


Title Karla's Arrival
Original title Karla's Arrival
Original language Spanish
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2010


Editing Jan De Coster
Music Martin Rasskin

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format HDV
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Lichtpunt, YLE, IKON, RAI, TV3, TVO, Knowledge, Yes-DBS, AECID (Spain)

Karla’s Arrival makes a stop in Brussels

Koen Suidgeest’s Karla’s Arrival (La llegada de Karla) was given a bill at the very first ALBA Festival de Cine bill. The ALBA Festival took place in Brussels from 19 – 29 Januari and is the result of a collaboration between the embassies of Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Venezuela. The festival is named after the ALBA treaty, which was conducted by the governments of these countries in order to preserve their cultural identities.

karla's arrival koen suidgeest llegada de karlaEarlier on,  Karla’s Arrival (La llegada de Karla) made a screening at the Verzio Documentary Film Festival (6-10 November 2011)  in Budapest, as well as at the This Human World Festival (30 November – 10 December 2011) in Vienna. Both showings were attended by the director. The documentary also screened at the  Documenta Madrid Festival, the Prague One World Human Rights Festival and the New York International Latino Film Festival, to name just a few. The film was awarded the second prize at the Documenta festival.

Published on Sunday 19 February 2012

Montreal World Fest invites young Flemish talent

A record number of Flemish productions and co-productions have been invited to the 35th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival. In addition to the premieres of Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are and Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas, which had been announced earlier, Montreal confirmed the selection of feature documentary Epilogue, as well as five short films and two minority co-productions with Flanders.

Still from Lenny Van Wesemael's short Dancing With TravoltaWith its total of ten Flemish (co)productions, Montreal has plumped for bold, new and emerging talent from Flanders. No less than five shorts are to debut: the Cannes awarded Swimsuit 46 by Wannes Destoop, Cannes selected Bento Monogatari by Pieter Dirkx, Kevin Meul’s debut The Extraordinary Life of Rocky, Lenny Van Wesemael’s Dancing with Travolta and Mathias Verleyen’s short documentary Sous la Peau (Underneath the Skin).

Published on Tuesday 2 August 2011

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Director Koen Suidgeest
Producers Daniël De Valck
Writers Koen Suidgeest

Cobra Films
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