Karla’s Arrival (2011)

The documentary Karla’s Arrival is in many ways the start of what might become my life work. I believe this is only the first film of two or three around the subject of motherhood and poverty. What’s more, in April of 2016 I am initiating a photo project on the same subject.

Karla’s Arrival came out in 2011 after a preparation and production period of eight years. It went on the play on national television in 14 countries, came out in the cinema in Spain, participated in over 45 film festivals and won four international awards. Today, it is still being used as educational material at universities around the world.

The film tells the story of 18 year old Sujeylin, who lives in a park in Nicaragua and is pregnant. When she delivers the baby, she initially plans on raising it right there, under a tree. Until it becomes clear that that is too dangerous. The story starts weeks before the birth and ends when baby Karla turns one.

Karla’s Arrival has its own dedicated website, which can be found by clicking here.


produced by El Rayo Films (Madrid)
co-produced by ITVS International, Cobra Films & Daggewood Films
written & directed by Koen Suidgeest
producers: Emily Lobsenz & Koen Suidgeest
co-producers: Daniel de Valck & Anne Deligne
executive producer for ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer
line production: Martha Clarissa Hernández
camera: Koen Suidgeest
editor: Jan De Coster