Country: Colombia
Original Title: Manos Sucias
Director: Josef Kubota Wladyka
Release: 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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World Cup Historic

The first Colombia match was in 1938, a 3-1 loss against Mexico, in Panama at 1938 Central American and Caribbean Games, and later that year played at the I Bolivarian Games. However, since the Bolivarian Games, Colombia did not play again until 1945.

adidas Men’s Soccer Colombia Jersey

Los Cafeteros were banned from FIFA competitions in 1954 and did not qualify in 1958, playing their first World Cup in 1962, with three losses and one draw, a 4-4 against the Soviet Union.

They only got another qualification 28 years later, in 1990 with their first Golden Generation. In that occasion, Colombia reached the Round of 16, being eliminated by Cameroon, 2-1 after extra-time.

90’s Colombia

The next two tournaments, in 1994 and 1998 they qualified again, but in these, they were out after the group stage, marking the end of the Golden Era and consecutive classifications.

Brazil, in 2014 was the Colombian return to the FIFA tournament, with a new Golden Generation. Led by James Rodriguez, Los Cafeteros reached Quarter-Finals and lost 2-1 for the hosts.

James Rodriguez is back and has the company of a healthy Radamel Falcao, Colombia’s top goalscorer, and a decent squad. This new Golden Generation hopes to go far in this year’s competition.


Directed by Josef Kubota Wladyka and have Spike Lee as an Executive Producer, tells the adventure of two young men transporting a torpedo full of cocaine through the cost of Colombia.

Just as a fun fact, Josef Kubota Wladyka, as his name suggests, is a Colombian of Japanese and Polish origin. Colombia, Poland, and Japan are in the same Group H of the World Cup.

Colombia had hard times in its history, because of the drug trafficking. In the 70’s Pablo Escobar began his reign as the Medellin Cartel leader, an organization founded to sell cocaine, but became a narcoterrorist threat to Colombia.

Pablo Escobar

Through the 80’s and 90’s, the Medellin Cartel murdered, kidnapped and detonated bombs in Colombia, holding the whole country as hostages with intimidation and terror.

At the same time, the Cali Cartel operated smoothly for the same time as the Medellin Cartel, and completely took over after the death of Escobar, but ultimately ended with the arrest of its leaders.

After the fall of Medellin and Cali Cartels, Colombia stopped being the reference of drug organizations, a post now belonging to the Mexican Cartels. However, it does not mean Colombia was free of the drug dealers, just that they were not as strong as they were in the past.


Dirty Hands, or Manos Sucias, presents a face of this current drug trade and the effect in the life of Colombia’s people, especially the less privileged.

Manos Sucias

Cristian James Abvincula and Jarlin Javier Martinez are the two protagonists, playing Delio and Jacobo respectively. The two were locals, recruited to play the parts, and I think they did a very good job.

Manos Sucias

Delio is a naïve 19-year-old, getting a job with the narcotraffickers to provide to his young son. Jacobo is also a young man who had a family, but his girlfriend left him after their son was killed.

The two must sail with Miguel (Hadder Blandon), a man from the Cartel, through the cost of Colombia to reach Panama to deliver the cocaine.

Jacobo (Jarlin Javier Martinez) and Delio (Cristian James Abvincula)

The two main characters are black, and there is a racial tension in the movie, more than once is mentioned that there are no black people in Bogota, Colombia’s Capital. There is one particular scene perfect to exemplify this racial issue.

When the three are talking about footballers, to Jacobo and Delio, Pelé was the best, but for Miguel, it was Zico. So, Miguel ends the conversation saying Pelé is only considered the best for being black, calling him “King of the Gorillas”.

Jacobo (Jarlin Javier Martinez) Manos sucias dirty hands
Jacobo (Jarlin Javier Martinez)

I might be naïve, but I didn’t know there was racism in Colombia, maybe I never gave it a thought. The idea that there are no black people in Bogota is new to me and very sad.

This idea presented in the film, to me seemed like “there is no place for black people in this society”, something that is stated once again when the two resort to drugs to earn their income.

It’s an excellent movie, with beautiful shots of Colombia’s coast and a very brutal story. It’s short, straightforward and has a heartbreaking conclusion that gives complete sense to the title of the movie. 8 Moons.

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