Days of a Whale is a compelling story of two teenagers finding their place and voice within their community.
It is set in the busy city of Medellin, of Colombia and follows the journey of two young graffiti artists, Cristina and Simon. They tag spots near where they live and are part of an artist’s community.
Simon is tempted to go back to his criminal past and is taunted into joining the local street gang selling drugs. Cristina is divided by her parents who have recently divorced and where she should live.
The artists produce an ezine which results in the criminal gang issuing a threat on a wall. Cristina and Simon want to defy them and paint an art mural over the wall.
The film had a successful world premiere at SXSW—where it won a Special Recognition in the CherryPicks Female First Feature Award.
The film was directed by Catalina Arroyave Restrepo and produced by Natalia Agudelo.
“We are also proud to give a Special Recognition Award to Days of a Whale, to recognize the incredible work of director Catalina Arroyave Restrepo and producer Natalia Agudelo,” adds Miranda Bailey. “Like Alice, this film stood out on its own with a unique, interesting story and a strong voice, showing filmmaking skill at a high level.”
The ending may be too abrupt for some people, but I thought it was apt.
Days of a Whale is an impressive debut and a wonderful glimpse at a country which deserves move coverage.