Jonah and the Pink Whale (Jonas y la Ballena Rosada)

Institute History

  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival


A first film by Bolivian Juan Carlos Valdivia, Jonah and the Pink Whale tells the story of Jonah, a schoolteacher who lives in the small city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. His father-in-law, a rich man from dubious means, is building a pyramid, where he wants to be buried after his death. Jonah has a passionate love affair with his wife’s sister, Julia, who collects his used condoms. When they discover the affair, Julia’s parents send her to Miami. When she returns, her father arranges a marriage to a drug lord’s son.

Jonah and the Pink Whale is an unexpected picture of a segment of Bolivian society. In the past, films from Bolivia have always been very political.

— Patricia Cardoso-Reneau

Screening Details

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