Berlinale: Programme

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Generation 14plus

The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do

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The search for their murdered father's spirit reunites two siblings after a long time. Juanita Onzaga remains behind the camera, her calm voice accompanying her brother Pablo. Moving between light and darkness, the film sees them venturing beyond Bogotá and deep into the Columbian jungle, where they seek refuge with their family. Trying to uncover their family's secrets, they begin a search for the mystical relationship between life and death.

Juanita Onzaga

Belgium / Colombia 2016


Documentary form
20 min · Colour


Written and directed by
Juanita Onzaga
Director of Photography
Juanita Onzaga
Mira Matthew
Senjan Jansen, Lucho Quintanilla
Sound Design
Jeremy Bocquet
Thomas Noël, Alejandra Ochoa, Wilmer Llanos
Production Design
Juanita Onzaga
Juanita Onzaga
Assistant Director
Camilo Andrés García Pulido
Production Manager
Daniela Millán
Juanita Onzaga, Ana Maria Nieto de Gamboa, Gust Van den Berghe
Greet Busselot, Camilo Constain, Néstor Andrés Peña
Luca School of Arts Sint-Lukas, Brüssel
El Cajon Estudio, Bogota


Juanita Onzaga

Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1991, she moved to Belgium to study film at the Luca School of Arts Sint-Lucas and has continued to live there ever since. Moving between these two countries has influenced her storytelling which is inspired by magic realism: populated by ghosts and spirits, the stories are set in fantasy worlds as well as in jungles and cities. She has worked as a cinematographer and director on several short films, documentaries and video clips and is currently developing her first feature film.

Filmography (short films)

2014 Skin of the Other 2015 Here/Nowhere 2016 The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do

Produced by

RANA Films
Brüssel, Belgium

Brüssel, Belgium
+34 474 897517

World sales

RANA Films
Brüssel, Belgium