Before the World Was Big

Directed by Juanita Umana

This film is available from November 27-30, 2020. To watch or vote for this film please click on the orange “TICKETS” button below and purchase a ticket for BLOCK 4.


A young girl in an immigrant family comes face to face with the scarifies her mother has made for her.


Director Biography – Juanita Umana

Juanita is a filmmaker from Colombia based in Florida. Her films and documentaries portray the personal and subtle moments of daily life. When she’s not directing, she enjoys working in the camera department.

Director’s Statement

“Before the World Was Big” is a semi-autobiographical story about a moment in my childhood growing up as an immigrant. This is my senior thesis film for the University of Central Florida. The story highlights some of the cultural and socioeconomic challenges that my parents faced and that I came to realize when we migrated to the state of Florida from Bogota, Colombia. At its core this film is about the inherent misunderstanding between mothers and daughters and the small moments in a family’s life that stay with you forever.

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