By Marcela LIZCANO


Documentary - Completed 2015

540 people inhabit an island the size of one block. Isolated takes as in a journey to the most highly populated artificial island in the Colombian Caribbean. This feature documentary muses on the role of men in society and uses this island as a metaphor of our planet.

& Awards

Warsaw FF 2015
documentary competition
docsdf 2015
Best Documentary
Bogota International Film Festival 2015
Dokleipzig 2015
Midbo 2015
Best Documentary
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 73 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marcela LIZCANO
    • Producer(s)
    • Marcela LIZCANO (Viceversa Cine), Simón BELTRÁN (Proyección films), Juan Pablo SOLANO (Proyección films)
    • Synopsis
    • In the Colombian Caribbean, more precisely in the San Bernardo archipelago, there is a small artificial islet made by African descent fisherman that established in the region 160 years ago because of the abundant fish. Looking to avoid the mosquito plagues from neighbor islands they built the islet little by little in the middle of the ocean, using a coral reef as ground base and accumulating garbage, seashell, coral, and debris. Today, the islet has the size of half a block and is home for almost 600 people. There are no policemen, priests, doctors or traces of the Colombian armed conflict in this highly populated place; there are 97 houses where 18 families live, a primary school, a restaurant that also works as a dock and a small piazza with a cross in the middle in honor of the islet’s name: Santa Cruz del Islote (Holy Cross of the Islet), a place with no possibility for loneliness.
      Every day, men go out in their boats or wood canoes looking for nice spot where to dive. Using poor equipment and holding their breath, they dive up to 65 feet to catch lobsters and crayfish. Less risky fishermen use nets to catch snappers at high seas. Other locals make a living from tourism that visits the neighbor island of Mucura. Meanwhile, in the islet, where constant loud music is played from big old speakers, the elders spend the day playing domino and chatting in front of their houses, looking at people as they walk by through the narrow alleys of the islet.
      Kids, the biggest population of the island, walk in groups where the older brothers take care of the little ones. The kids that are not in school, because it’s too small to have them all at the same time, swim, run and play happily. Women figure it out to cook, clean and work with the little drinkable water they have. This precious liquid is the biggest concern of the locals. In this islet disconnected form the outside world, lives what we can perceive as “one big family”.
      Now days, regular routine live in the islet is changing because of new technologies and telecommunications. Modern and foreign habits are challenging the local and ancestral traditions that were practiced year after year. However, this cultural swift has brought ecological, political and social awareness. The possibility of an eviction by the government has awakened them as a community, making them consider their African roots, their rights and dreams. They seek to fight what the future may bring, together.
      Isolated is the story of the inhabitants of this islet narrated by themselves. At the same time it works as a metaphor of the changes and current reality of our planet. Holy Cross of the Islet is seen as a refugee from the world by its locals and as a mirror of the world for ourselves.