Bogotá Story

  • Director

    Esteban Pedraza

  • Country, Year, Length

    Colombia, 2023, 15:30

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

FAMILY BUSINESS: 7 films about blood and traditions.

April 23, 2024 @ 7:00PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre

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After making films for almost a decade, Bogotá Story is the first one that takes me back to my roots in Colombia. It’s a very personal film; a fictional narrative inspired by my parents and the challenges I don’t remember living through as a baby.

Set in 1992, it tells the story of everyday people caught in a tumultuous era of political strife, drug violence, and daily power outages. It’s the kind of Latin American immigration story that is seldom seen by global audiences; one that centers the experiences of the everyday Colombians affected by drug trafficking and violence, instead of spotlighting those who were directly involved in it.

On a broad level, the film depicts a common, worldwide experience held by those who are forced to envision a brighter future in a place they don’t call home, potentially leaving behind a profound sense of meaning and identity.

On a personal level, it asks questions about our duty to our families versus our duty to ourselves. As a first generation Colombian who grew up with a single mom in the States, these themes and questions have been a natural obsession for me since I was a child.


Esteban Pedraza, Director, The Nurturing, In Reality, DeafBlind Couple
Esteban Pedraza, Writer
Diana C. Patiño Martinez, Producer, Entre Tú y Milagros (Venice Orizzonti Winner 2020), Leidi (Cannes Palme D’or Winner 2014)
Catalina Rey, Key Cast, “Pilar”
Victor Tarazona, Key Cast, “Alejandro”
Ryan Marie Helfant, Cinematographer
Marcela Gómez, Production Design, Los Reyes del Mundo, Amparo, Litigante, La Tierra y La Sombra,

Director Statement

Moments from the last days of an elderly mother. It weighs heavy on her son as he serves as caretaker.

Coda was Produced by Béla TARR (Sátántangó, Werckmeister Harmonies, The Turin Horse) in Budapest, Hungary as part of his international directors intensive. It stars the gem of Hungary, Judit Pogány, known for Prefab People, The Little Fox, Twilight, among many others. Béla’s theme for the lab was ‘knife’, which conjured ideas of familial sacrifice. Formally, this is a continuation in my practice of Transcendental Style.

Director Biography

Esteban Pedraza is a Colombian-American filmmaker. Since graduating from NYU film in 2013, he has developed his career as a writer, director, and editor with several award winning and lauded projects. His latest short film, Bogotá Story, premiered at the 2023 Venice International Film Festival and will screen at the Hamptons International Film Festival. He is currently developing his first feature.