La Niña: Life after war

La NiñaLa Niña is a new series which follows the life of a woman trying to escape her past as a guerrilla fighter in a fitting story for Colombia’s current situation. Jazid Contreras speaks to the director

Caracol TV is currently airing its latest prime time show, La Niña, a fictional drama series based on the true story of a former guerrilla fighter who quits war and begins the process of reintegration into civil society. Forced as a child to join an illegal armed group, Belky, the main character, attempts to leave her past behind and fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor.

Even though the show deals with the Colombian conflict, it distances itself from the very profitable ‘narco-soap’ genre. It constitutes a gamble by the network because it mirrors the current situation of Colombia, a nation looking to overcome its violent history and build a peaceful society.

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The Bogotá Post had the chance to talk to Rodrigo Triana, La Niña’s co-director, who explained his views on the relevance of this work of fiction.

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Rodrigo Triana, co-director of Caracol’s new show La Niña

Jazid Contreras: What caught your attention about this project?

Rodrigo Triana: When I heard about this project I was thrilled to be part of it. This is a story that affects us all, it’s part of a very important process that our country is going through. I think it’s going to make a big impact on people’s minds.

JC: How do you reconcile the tasks of telling a true story and making an entertaining show?

RT: Well, that’s just our job as artists, isn’t it? This is certainly not a documentary, we have to entertain the audience by telling a compelling story that has tension, conflict and suspense. It’s our challenge to create interesting characters that the viewer can relate to and also that make people want to talk about the show.

JC: Tell us about the leading actress Ana María Estupiñán.

RT: She’s a true actor, outstandingly talented. Her immense talent and sensitivity are obviously present in everything she does.

JC: This show is presenting us with a bunch of young actors. Is it challenging for you to deal with?

RT: I’ve always worked with young performers. It’s a pleasure for me to pass down some of my knowledge, I try to teach them something new and help them become better at what they do. I just hope I can help them improve their careers.

JC: What can you tell us about the artistic approach of the show?

RT: Aesthetically, this show has a lot of my own style imprinted on it. It’s very ‘Rodrigo Triana’. Beyond visuals, I like to focus on the actors, on creating characters that seem plausible and realistic, but also unique.

JC: As a director and as a Colombian, what have you learned from this story?

RT: I’m all for the peace process. I can only speak for myself. We’ve been living in war for way too long. History has taught us that violence is not the answer. It’s important to tell stories about people who want to quit the war and ‘come back to life’, so to speak. If we don’t give them a chance, then ending the war is impossible. I think forgiveness is the only way for us to build a peaceful nation and that’s what this show is about.

La Niña airs Monday-Friday at 9pm on Caracol TV.

By Jazid Contreras


  1. I’m retired military from the United States and I can relate to the struggle those children went through. I have seen a lot. La Nina actually brought tears to my eyes on a few occasions, especially the ending when Belcky spoke in front of all her friends and family. It was very emotional. The film was very realistic. I applaud and respect Belcky for her courage, desire to succeed and I pray that God continues blessing her and her entire family. I wish there were some pictures and information as to what happened to the people involved. What finally happened to Col. Barragan and his family. The other medical students and the staff.

  2. awesome strong woman to survive so much suffering so young. did she become a doctor in real life? any way to contact her today to say i admire her strength?

  3. I am Native American from the Absaalookãe Tribe, I can Truly Related to Her Story because We as Natives are still Oppressed by Our Government. I am Very Interested in the Culture of the Colombian Natives and their way of Live. The True story of Laniña has Helped me to Learn and Understand more about the Language and way of Life for the Colombian Tribe.

  4. Please when is season 2 coming. I so enjoyed also found it very emotional my heart just cries for those children. I think the fact that it was based on true lives is probably why I was so emotional. Her sister’s had me cracking up.

    Totally enjoyed this. When’s the next season por favor

  5. Please give us an update on where everyone is now! Did her sister really sing? What happened to the General’s daughter? Did Belcky and Manuel have any other children? Please please updates!!! I have googled but found nothing.

    • I wonder too. Becky asked more questions that I’m curious. Was Belky able to have a child ?
      I’m impressed how the actors/actresses have such tremendous energy and could memorized so much with such emotions.
      Other than that, thanks so much for having this film closed captioned in English. I had looked forward to watching this on Netflix everyday after having a few hard days.

  6. Hello, I love this series,
    I loved the role of Belky and the little sisters played an incredible role, very funny, I am Salvador and I had similar experiences, I was about to be recruited when I was 12 years for the Salvadoran guerrilla when we had the civil war of the 80, me brought many bad memories but also good, I hope this stories help or rather helped other people .. I hope Belky achieved
    her dreams of being a great doctor. IT WAS A GREAT STORY, I LOVED IT ..

  7. I want to know how her life is now. And she is an inspiration for the world, life is hard on itself without the war I can’t imagine how much harder it can be on someone with war, I mean just look at ADULT people CHOOSING to be part of war, and not being able to come back normal, with ptsd and various mental illness with much help …. and this young lady challenge that and go above it ! I hope she is able to see my post and feel great and all the love from California!


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