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'Dos espíritus' tells Georgina's story. Photo: Señal Colombia
'Dos espíritus' tells Georgina's story. Photo: Señal Colombia

The story of a transgender Wayúu Indigenous woman

The documentary 'Dos Espíritus' ('Two Spirits'), which tells the life story of a transgender Wayúu Indianna, will premiere on March 27.

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The Wayúu community is one of the most important in Colombia. It is made up of Indigenous people from the Guajira Peninsula, located on the Caribbean Sea. It is here, in La Guajira, where the largest group of its members is concentrated, who are characterized by the ineffable conservation of their traditions. Breaking the conservative molds and being accepted is often an odyssey and is a major feat.

This was the case of Georgina, a trans woman who belonged to the Wayúu community and has carried on a long struggle for the recognition of her rights before the State and the acceptance of her family.

The inner and outer journey she makes to be recognized was captured in the documentary Dos Espíritus (Two Spirits), which will be released on Sunday, March 27 in Colombia and will then go international. 

"Georgina's story is a legend of rebellion, raw resistance and also, of thorny reconciliation; a metaphor of the times we live in Colombia," said director Monica Taboada in a press release.

Two spirits 

The story takes place in La Uribia, a municipality located in the north of La Guajira and the Indigenous capital of the country, as well as in the desert where the border that seems invisible and even non-existent dividing Colombia and Venezuela, is located. Georgina crosses this place and makes a profound exercise of forgiveness to her family.

At the end of that journey, undertaken on foot and under the unforgivable heat of the Colombian Caribbean, the protagonist finds that the approval of those close to her is not the most important thing, but the acceptance she has amid a culture that does not understand her and in a country that accepts trans people not only within its Indigenous communities, but in other everyday environments that also affect Georgina.

A film about Wayúu culture

The deserts of Alta Guajira, sacred territories for the Wayúu, are the connection with the ancestral, spiritual and where darkness as an analogy with death, connects with light as a metaphor for life. Two Spirits is also the journey of discovery for viewers into the interior of the Wayúu people, for many unknown, forgotten and victims of corruption that maintain a coal mine that consumes all the water.

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