Malestar Tropical


An investigative journalist is murdered in 1999 in Barranquilla, the capital of northern Colombia. Her investigations into the El Cerrejón coal mine, the largest open-cast mine in the world, were bothering some people. Twenty years later, her son Lucas, a writer, returns to Barranquilla to catch up with his family and have a talk with his uncle, who is the president of the mining consortium. Lucas meets his cousin Carlos, a transgender who has been ostracized by his father. A mind-blowing discovery radically changes the situation. Together with a group of activists, the decision is taken to organize a commando operation to expose the mafia-like goings-on in connection with the exploitation of the mine: the social media are the sounding board of some astonishing information – and all this in the context of the Barranquilla carnival, the largest in Colombia.

Bio | Filmography


Jorge Cadena, Director

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1985, Jorge Cadena studied photography in Buenos Aires. In 2016, he gained his bachelor degree in film at HEAD – Geneva with his film El Cuento de Antonia, which received high honours from the Jury, and went on to win the Tiger Award for Short Films at the Rotterdam Festival in 2017.
He is currently studying for a master degree in film at ECAL/HEAD. In his research, he seeks to open up subversive spaces to render visible what is intimate and marginalized. Jorge Cadena works at the borderline between documentary and fiction with an interest in the relationship between memory and history. His work reveals a reflection on the different layers of violence in our society. After a teaching experience in Colombia, he has shown his work in international exhibitions and film festivals and more recently at Nouveau cinéma Montréal 2015, Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement BIM (Center
of Contemporary Art Geneva) in 2016 and Visions du Réel 2016. He won the Tiger award for short films 2017 at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.

Filmography (selection)

The Sisters Jarariju, fiction, 2018
Sonali, doc, 2017
The Tale of Antonia, fiction, 2016
The Three Swallows, doc, 2016
Mapalé, essai doc, 2015


Sœurs Jarariju distinguà à la Berlinale

• Mention Spéciale du Jury International

Les Dépossédés

• Sortie en Suisse romande le 16.01.19

Je fais où tu me dis

• Mention Spéciale du Jury à interFilm Berlin
• Diffusion en replay sur ARTE

Putin's Witnesses

• Prix du Meilleur Documentaire au Stockholm IFF
• Dès le 10 octobre au cinéma

Putin's Witnesses

• Sélection Officielle au TIFF 2018
• Grand Prix du Meilleur Documentaire à Karlovy Vary

Je fais où tu me dis distingué à la Berlinale

• Mention Spéciale du Jury des Jeunes