Wandering Girl

(Niña errante)
Rubén Mendoza | Fiction, Drama

2018 | 82 minutes | Colombia

On the violent border between Brazil and Paraguay, a battle wages between agribusiness and indigenous sovereignty.


A mesmeric journey of four half-sisters across Colombia blends the candor of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Our Little Sister with the sensuality of Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang to conjure up its own language.

Twelve-year-old Ángela loses the only parent she has ever known, her father, in a motorcycle accident. Among the mourners who come to Cali for the funeral are her three half-sisters, who know each other loosely but have never met Ángela. They are all in their late twenties, all three children of different mothers, and all harbor differently shaped impressions of their footloose father. Rather than let Ángela be subsumed into the foster care system, the women close ranks around their younger sister and drive the girl cross-country to their aunt’s house.

Ángela will recognize in her half-sisters, femininity, sensuality, mysteries of pleasure, pain, the body, misfortune, and the challenge of being a woman in those lands.


“Wandering Girl for all its flawless, fully embodied performances and insights into family and nature vs. nurture, has resonances beyond the story of four sisters united and divided by shared paternity. ” – Jessica Kiang, VARIETY

“Strong performances, exquisite visuals and a light dusting of gritty feminist attitude.” – Stephen Dalton, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“A mesmeric journey that blends the candor of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Our Little Sister with the sensuality of Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang to conjure up its own language.” – Leonardo Goi, THE FILM STAGE

Main credits

Mendoza, Rubén (film director)
Mendoza, Rubén (screenwriter)
García, Daniel (film producer)
Paz Jara, Sofía (actor)
Ramírez, Carolina (actor)
Calderón, Lina Marcela (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Sofia Oggioni; editing, Andrea Chignoli, Rubén Mendoza; music, Juanita Añez, Valentina Añez.

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Tallin Black Nights Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Rubén Mendoza


YEAR: 2018

GENRE: Fiction, Drama


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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