A Colombian Family

Tanja Wol Sørensen, Denmark, 2019

80 min.DK/Documentary

When a peace agreement between FARC and the Colombian government looks like it will put an end to 50 years of conflict, Yira visits her mother in Colombia after 10 years in exile. Yira has herself become a mother and wants to give her daughter the family she never had. She confronts her mother, Ruby, with a neglected childhood in the shadow of her parents' political struggles. She wants her mother to join her in exile, so that they can finally be together in safety. But Ruby can't let go of her political ideals. It is not just Yira's childhood that has been sacrificed, but also her own life and safety. As the peacetime death toll continues to rise, Ruby is faced with a difficult dilemma. If she chooses her daughter, she gives up on her people.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title En revolutionær familie
Danish title En revolutionær familie
Keywords Colombia, Civil wars, Peace, FARC, Families, Mother-daughter relationship, 2010-2019
Director Tanja Wol Sørensen
Producer Rikke Tambo Andersen
Director of Photography Tanja Wol Sørensen, Maggie Olkuska
Editor Claudio Hughes
Sound Sune Kaarsberg
Composer Sophia Maj
Appearance Ruby Alba Castaño Rodriguez, Yira Alexsandra Sarmiento Castaño, Celso Castaño Díaz, Marion Elizabeth Gutierrez Sarmiento
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales Bullitt Film ApS
Online release 23.06.2020, Filmcentralen,
Comment The film is Tanja Wol Sørensen’s first feature documentary. Selected for CPH:DOX and Hot Docs. The director graduated from the University of Manchester in 2012 in Visual Anthropology and from the University of Copenhagen in 2014 in Anthropology.
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Bullitt Film
With support from New Danish Screen, Danida
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Tanja Wol Sørensen
Consultant Camilla Nielsson


Producer Rikke Tambo Andersen
Executive producer Vibeke Vogel
Production Sophia Jacques
Production Lovisa Dröfn
Production Ninna Bohn Pedersen
Post-production supervisor Anders V. Christensen


Cinematographer Tanja Wol Sørensen
Cinematographer Maggie Olkuska


Editor Claudio Hughes
B-editor Anna Heide
Editor: development Christian Einshøj
Trailer editor Emile Hertling Péronard


Composer Sophia Maj


Sound engineer Sune Kaarsberg

Visual effects

Grading Sandra Klass
Graphic design Maria Tran
End credits Maria Tran
Online Sebastian Anton Munk
Poster artwork Mia Selin


Appearance Ruby Alba Castaño Rodriguez
Appearance Yira Alexsandra Sarmiento Castaño
Appearance Celso Castaño Díaz
Appearance Marion Elizabeth Gutierrez Sarmiento
Appearance Javier E. Gutierrez Varela
Appearance Giowanny Gomez Rojas
Appearance Abdel Nicolás Chemas Murillo
Appearance Alexander Ferrucho

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Honorable Mention 2020 Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2020 postponed + industry online 2020

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2021-05-10
Zürich Film Festival 2020-09-24
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2020-04-30
CPH:DOX 2020-03-18
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