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* DocumentaMadrid – Madrid (Second Prize)
* Golden Olive for Best Documentary - Bar International Film Festival
* Best Feature Documentary - MujerDOC

Karla’s Arrival

Category |Health, Social Issues, Youth
Year | 2010
Country | Spain-Belgium-USA
Running time | 88' - 58'
Format | HDV 16:9
Production | El Rayo Films
Director | Koen Suidgeest

In Managua, Nicaragua, teenager Sujeylin Aguilar raises her newborn daughter Karla on the same streets she has been calling home for the past eight years. Based in a city park and part of a larger group of youngsters, mother and baby struggle to reach the little one’s first birthday. Beautifully told and full of hope, Karla’s Arrival offers an intense personal story about second generation street children.

Raising a baby on the streets can be a blessing. A young girl’s negative sense of self-worth might prevent her from saving herself, but once she has chosen to become a mother, she will resolve to leave the streets for the love of her child.

The documentary follows 19-year old mother Sujeylin Aguilar and baby Karla, who live as part of a group of kids in a small park in Managua (Nicaragua), as they struggle through the first year of the child’s life. The story starts three months before Karla’s birth and ends around its first birthday.

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