Within the large halls of a big house by the sea, Sara and her nanny Yarisa have forged a friendship so intense that it seems like a fantasy. While Sara finds in Yarisa the affectionate mother she never had, Yarisa finds in Sara not only affection, but also the illusion of a more comfortable life, away from the financial dramas of her background. That fantasy becomes affected, though not destroyed, when Yarisa finds herself forced to deal with her past and her biological daughter Mallory. But a rainy night and a muddy road invaded by goats will be enough for chaos to ensue. Like Yarisa, the film also splits: between crime and emotions, between the sea and the muddy roads, between light and darkness, and between those who rebel and those who still dream of belonging. The illusion of a love above any social difference rips to shreds and, in one single movement, reveals the structures that render it impossible.

Festivals & awards

Mar del Plata Film Festival 2021

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2021
New Directors Award

ZĂĽrich Film Festival
Miami Film Festival 2022
Ibero-American Feature Film Award



Original Title
Directed by
Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra Guardiola
Dominican Republic
Ulla Prida, Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra
Film Editing
Delfina Castagnino
Andrés Rodríguez
Ivan Gierasinchuk, Sergio Armstrong
Nahuel Palenque, Franklin Hernández
Natalia Aponte
Production Design
Claudia Madera
Alexandra Guerrero, Ulla Prida
Blu-ray, DCP
86 min.
Cecile Van Welie (Sara), Magnolia Nuñez (Yarisa), Adelanny Padilla (Mallory), Javier Hermida (Alvaro), Richard Douglas (Pedro)

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«Wunderschöne Bilder liefert dieses Drama aus der Dominikanischen Republik. Der Film hat von Anfang an düstere Untertöne, nach einer tödlichen Wendung entwickelt er sich zu einem fesselnden Thriller.» Züritipp, Gregor Schenker

«Ein elektrisierendes und fatalistisches Werk, ein tragisches Bijou – nicht verpassen!» Radio RaBe, Trixie Matseraka

«Der zweite Spielfilm des Regieduos zeigt farbenprächtig und spannend das Schicksal dreier Frauen, hervorragend gespielt!» Movie-Eye, Benny Furth

«A gorgeous and compelling enigmatic drama. The agonies of the Caribbean’s colonial legacy are examined with aesthetic elegance and unsettling elusiveness in Carajita, a film that couldn’t be more timely in the Black Lives Matter era.» Screen Daily

«A Latin Parasite. Carajita starts strong, unfolds at the speed of gunpowder, and ends with a tremendous final explosion. Taking the viewer’s breath away with its opening scene (literally), Argentine filmmaker Silvina Schnicer and Catalan Ulises Porra raise the bar of their brilliant mastery even higher.» Fotogramas

«The overwhelming visual work seeks to restore dignity to the lower class through the epic, and its metaphors also highlight the injustices on which the privileges of the rich are built.» Caimán CDC