International Competition

The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do

Juanita Onzaga
Screening time  
26.02. / Monday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
28.02. / Wednesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 2  
02.03. / Friday, 11:00 - 13:00 Theatre 5  
Colombia is a land of ghosts. Two siblings roam these mystical landscapes in search of their dead father's spirit.

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

Juanita Onzaga is born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1991. She moved to Belgium to study film at the Luca School of Arts Sint-Lucas. Moving between these two countries has influenced her storytelling 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 and documentaries: The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do (2016), Here/Nowhere (2015), Skin of the Other (2014).

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The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do

2017, 20' 20''

Directed by:
Juanita Onzaga

Screenplay by:
Juanita Onzaga

Juanita Onzaga

Edited by:
Mira Matthew

Lucho Quintanilla, Senjan Jansen, Jeremy Bocquet

Ana Maria Nieto de Gamboa

Produced by:
RANA Films

Festivals & Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2017 – Special Prize of the International Jury for Best Short film at Generation 14plus; Leuven International Short Film Festival 2016 – VAF Wildcard Documentary; Reykjavík International Film Festival 2017 – Special Mention; San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017; Vilnius International Film Festival 2017; Guanajuato International Film Festival 2017; São Paulo International Short Film Festival 2017; Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2017; International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City 2017; Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2017; MIDBO Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá 2017