Sœurs Jarariju

The Jarariju Sisters
Viviana and Yandris weave red and yellow yarn into bags. In the distance we hear the hammering of machines, the wail of sirens and the thunder of explosions. The depleted, dead earth has a metallic silvery gleam. The Wayuu sisters live on the edge of a coal mine in northern Colombia. Employing an ancient ritual, their grandmother prepares girls for the traditional role as a wife, but their father wants the girls to leave this ruined homeland.
by Jorge Cadena
with Viviana Uriana Jarariyu, Yandris Uriana Jarariyu, Rosa Jarariyu, Wilson Sapuana
Switzerland 2018 Wayuunaiki 20’ Colour


  • Viviana Uriana Jarariyu (Viviana)
  • Yandris Uriana Jarariyu (Yandris)
  • Rosa Jarariyu (Grandmother)
  • Wilson Sapuana (Father)


Written and Directed by Jorge Cadena
Screenplay Li Aparicio
Cinematography Juan Camilo Olmos
Editing Yael Bitton
Sound Design Philippe Ciompi
Sound Carlos Ibanez Diaz
Production Design Daniela Franco Morales
Costumes Mar Velilla
Assistant Director Fulvio Balmer
Production Manager Yan Decoppet
Executive Producer Gabriela Bussmann
Producer Gabriela Bussmann
Co-Production Master ECAL/HEAD Lausanne
RTS, Radio Télévision Suisse Genf

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Jorge Cadena

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1985, he studied photography in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then film at the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. The graduation film for his bachelor’s degree, El cuento de Antonia, won the Tiger Award at the 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Soeurs Jarariju is the graduation film for his master’s degree.

Filmography (short films)

2014 Mapalé 2016 Les trois hirondelles (The Three Swallows) · El cuento de Antonia (Antonia's Tale) 2017 Sonali 2018 Soeurs Jarariju (The Jarariju Sisters)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019