Karla's Arrival
Karla's Arrival
Karla's Arrival
Karla's Arrival
Karla's Arrival
Karla's Arrival

Karla's Arrival

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  • Directed by: Koen Suidgeest
  • Produced by: Emily Lobsenz, Koen Suidgeest

Released: 2012
Running Time: 88 min

KARLA'S ARRIVAL follows 19-year old Sujeylin Aguilar and her 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. Months before the birth, Sujeylin is still a glue addict who lives off the generosity of her drug-dealing boyfriend and the NGOs peppering the city. She doesn't expect the arrival of her baby to change her own life considerably. She simply plans to raise her in the park where she has been living with the group of colorful characters she considers her only family. She never imagined the scope of the challenges and dangers she and her young daughter would face. Sujeylin kicks her glue habit weeks before giving birth. Although she is strong, she is still vulnerable to picking up her old vices at the first difficulty she encounters. There are many other challenges, too. The park is an unhealthy place for a newborn, not to mention its dangers and instability. Even worse, the police could show up any time to take Karla away from her. Driven by a desire to create something she herself never had — a true family — the young mother makes three attempts to escape their perilous situation in the park. KARLA'S ARRIVAL is an intense personal journey of a young woman's venture into motherhood under extreme circumstances.



  • Jury Prize, One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival – Pristina, Kosovo
  • Best Documentary, Bar International Film Festival – Bar, Montenegro
  • Best Feature Documentary, MujerDOC – Soria, Spain
  • Second Prize National Feature Competition, DocumentaMadrid – Madrid, Spain


A unique vision of an urgent reality the world should be exposed to. Beautifully filmed and told.
- Lambert Grijns, ambassador of The Netherlands to Nicaragua

A wonderful film. Touching, sensitive and necessary.
- Antonio Pérez-Hernández, ambassador of Spain to Nicaragua

Ultra-realistic, tender, intimate and full of hope for the trial of motherhood in extreme circumstances.
- Marie Claire magazine

Both tender and terrible at the same time...
- Avvenire (Italy)

A true classic humanistic documentary.
- Tue Steen Müller, international documentary organizer, teacher and critic