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Carajita film image, co-directors Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola

Carajita

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Canadian Premiere

Yarisa and Sara may be closer than most mothers and daughters, though they exist in totally different spheres of society. Yarisa is the maid for Sara’s wealthy family in the Dominican Republic—a family that, besides Sara, doesn’t see Yarisa as anything more than someone to clean the floors, polish the glassware, and take out the trash. Co-directors Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola first introduce audiences to this story as one of innocence, dependence, and a deep love much stronger than any blood-relation can ever guarantee.

Things take a dark turn, however, when Yarisa makes an effort to reconnect with her own daughter, a girl around Sara’s age. When tragedy strikes, Yarisa must reevaluate her relationship with the family to whom she has given her heart and soul, and the girl she loves as much as her own child. With striking performances from the two outstanding leads, Carajita presents an unwavering consideration of class relations, unconditional love, and forgiveness.

 

This film is also available on VIFF Connect

Director
Cast

Cecile Van Welie, Magnolia Núñez, Adelanny Padilla, Genesis Buret, Richard Douglas, Javier Hermida

Credits
Country of Origin

Dominican Republic/Argentina

Year

2021

Language

In Spanish with English subtitles

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18+
89 min
Award Winners Drama Women Directors

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Credits

Executive Producer

Ulla Prida

Producer

Alexandra Guerrero, Ulla Prida

Screenwriter

Ulla Prida, Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra

Cinematography

Ivan Gierasinchuk, Sergio Armstrong

Editor

Delfina Castagnino

Production Design

Claudia Madera

Original Music

Andrés Rodríguez

Directors

Silvina Schnicer headshot, Carajita co-director

Photo by Juan Naharro

Silvina Schnicer

Silvina Schnicer (Argentina) and Ulises Porra Guardiola (Spain) are both scriptwriters and directors. Together, they directed Tigre (2017), which premiered at TIFF and screened at San Sebastian Film Festival’s New Directors. Carajita, their second feature film, premiered at the 2021 San Sebastian Film Festival’s New Directors.

Filmography: Tigre (2017)

Ulises Porra Guardiola headshot, Carajita co-director

Photo by Juan Naharro

Ulises Porra Guardiola

Silvina Schnicer (Argentina) and Ulises Porra Guardiola (Spain) are both scriptwriters and directors. Together, they directed Tigre (2017), which premiered at TIFF and screened at San Sebastian Film Festival’s New Directors. Carajita, their second feature film, premiered at the 2021 San Sebastian Film Festival’s New Directors.

Filmography: Tigre (2017)