Karla’s Arrival is a human rights documentary about babies who are born and raised on the streets. They make up the second generation of street children, those whose parents also grew up homeless. This is an unstudied phenomenon of a generation which tends to be entirely invisible from statistics.
The film follows a young mother and her baby, 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. The story starts with the child’s birth and ends on the baby’s first birthday. Between those two moments, Karla’s Arrival takes its audience on the intense personal journey of a young mother’s venture into motherhood under extreme circumstances. While the mother realizes the bleakness of her baby’s prospects in life, she will resolve to leave the streets and start a new life for the love of her child. Karla’s Arrival follows her complicated personal journey to cover a universal story which has yet to be told.
See two early trailers here.
Below, follow the director’s blog on the making of the film.