International Competition

Santa Cruz del Islote

Luke Lorentzen
Screening time  
23.02. / Monday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 5  
26.02. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
27.02. / Friday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 5  
The film follows a fisherman and a ten-year-old boy on one of the most densely populated islands in the world.

Santa Cruz del Islote is a three-acre island about fifty miles off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. It is a community of about 600 people making it one of the most densely populated islands in the world. This region's lucrative fishing, which encouraged such overdevelopment, has dwindled in recent years, and the island's subsistence has become increasingly uncertain. In following a fisherman and a ten-year-old boy, this short documentary captures the complexity of cherishing a peaceful way of life that can no longer continue with ease.


Luke Lorentzen

Luke Lorentzen, filmmaker born in 1993 in Connecticut, is a graduate of Stanford University, where he studied Art History and Film Studies. His work explores elements of everyday life, often through rigorous formal means, questioning and experimenting with the ways in which non-fiction stories are told. His short documentary Santa Cruz Del Islote (2014) won awards at over ten international film festivals. His first feature documentary, New York Cuts (2015), had its world premiere at IDFA. Lorentzen is also part of the creative team behind the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U.

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Santa Cruz del Islote

USA, Colombia
2014, 19' 22'', HD

Directed by:
Luke Lorentzen

Luke Lorentzen

Edited by:
Luke Lorentzen

Eric Kuhn

Luke Lorentzen

Produced by:
Luke Lorentzen

Festivals & Awards:

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2014 – President's Award; San Francisco International Film Festival 2014 – Golden Gate Award, Best Bay Area Short Film; Cinema Eye Honors Shorts List 2014; Camden International Film Festival – Special Jury Mention; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2014; DOC NYC 2014; Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2014; Margaret Mead Film Festival 2014