Film Screening & Panel Discussion | “Days of the Whale”: Street Art and Power in Medellín, Colombia

Thursday April 8, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Explore the relationship between street art and power through a virtual screening of Days of the Whale (Los días de la ballena), followed by a panel discussion with the director!

Spanish for Community—a FHIS Community Engaged Learning initiative—invites you to attend a virtual screening and panel discussion with Catalina Arroyave Restrepo, director of Days of The Whale. Joining the discussion will be Colombian writer and muralist Santiago Rodas, and UBC faculty members Jon Beasley-Murray, Alessandra Santos and María Adelaida Escobar Trujillo.

The event is free and open to the public. The film screening will be in Spanish with English subtitles. The panel discussion will also be held in English and Spanish.

Please register through the form below.

About the Film

Director: Catalina Arroyave Restrepo
Colombia, 2019 | Spanish with English subtitles | 1h 20m

Cristina and Simon are two young graffiti artists who paint the city that they live in, Medellín. Their restless spirit leads them to defy a criminal gang when they decide to paint a mural over a threat written in a wall. The love that unites them, their friendship with other artists at La selva- an old house they use as a refuge- and familiar tensions, come together to tell a story were the powerful strength of youth faces fear, violence and the difficulties of growing up.


  • Catalina Arroyave Restrepo is a Colombian screenwriter, director, actor trainer and teacher. She is the co-founder of Rara Colectivo Audiovisual, a film project management company based in Medellin, Colombia.
  • Santiago Rodas Quintero is a Colombian writer, muralist, and “grafitero.” He has published several books such as Gestual (2014), Trampas tropicales (2015), and Plantas de sombra (2018). Rodas has participated in different urban art festivals in Colombia and Mexico.
  • Jon Beasley-Murray, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, UBC
  • Alessandra Santos, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, UBC
  • María Adelaida Escobar Trujillo, Sessional Lecturer of Spanish, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, UBC
  • Maria Carbonetti, Lecturer of Spanish, Spanish for Community Director, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, UBC

This virtual screening and panel discussion is hosted by Spanish for Community. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (FHIS) and the Latin American Studies program (LAS) at the University of British Columbia (UBC).


The corresponding information for this event, including the access link, will be circulated in advance to those who RSVP.

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