VIWIFF: The Return (El Regresso)

(Venezuela, 2013, 180 mins)


The Return (90 min) is a narrative fiction that explores the tragic and true events of April 16, 2004 in the Wuayuu community of Bahía Portete, at the Colombian Guajira, a territory split between Colombia and Venezuela.

The cast consists of mainly non-actors from the area’s indigenous peoples whose moving performances are captured by Venezuelan debut filmmaker Patricia Ortega.

The story is told from the perspective of Shuliwala (Daniela González), a 10-year-old girl who is forced to flee her home for an unknown city. The film is a bold contribution to the fight against racism while portraying little-known images of the Wayuu indigenous community.

By focusing on a specific ethnic group, Ortega proposes a universal approach that vindicates the struggle for the rights of indigenous people.

Awarded Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Actress (Daniela González) at Festival entre Largos y Cortos de Oriente “ELCO 2013” in Venezuela.

The film was considered "one of the jewels of the IX edition of the Venezuelan Film Festival in Mérida.” - Correia, Alexis. El Nacional.

Preceded by two short films from Venezuela:

Extranos (7 min)

Des(Pecho)Trucción (11 mins)

Followed by a panel discussion