Netflix has become a prime mover and shaker for the Latin American market, unsurprising considering Latin Americans are the main demographic binge watching their series. You can find an amazing wealth of Spanish-language television shows and movies or Brazilian features, and even the delightful Latino reboot of One Day at a Time which still needs a renewal. Now, the streaming service is turning towards Colombia with a trio of new series set to enter production.
The first is producer Cristian Conti‘s Distrito Salvaje, a 10-episode series that started filming earlier this month in Bogotá. It tells the story of Jhon Jevier (played by Colombian actor Juan Pablo Raba) as he struggles to find a new life after years of being a guerrilla fighter. Distrito Salvaje will include fellow Colombian star Carolina Acevedo, Alina Lozano and Juan Fernando Sánchez. Raba is best known for his work on Netflix’s other Colombian-based drama, Narcos.
Netflix will also debut Green Inferno, a series about a detective and her partner who traverse the Amazon hoping to solve a string of murders. It’s being executive produced by Ciro Guerra, best known stateside for his Academy Award-nominated feature Embrace the Serpent from 2015. It will be an eight-episode series shot entirely in 4K. to showcase the lush Amazonian landscape. They’ll also release Siempre Bruja, a series about a slave who is rumored to be a witch and time travels to modern day Cartagena to avoid being burned at the stake. As with Green Inferno it’ll be a 4K-shot series, but received a 10-episode order a la Distrito Salvaje. Unlike the other two series, Siempre Bruja (inspired by Isidora Chacon’s novel Yo, Bruja) is aimed at a young adult audience. Both are set to premiere in 2019 while Distrito premieres later this year.
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In 2013, Colombia became the top destination for studios to film their movies due to advantageous tax breaks of up to 40%. It’s unclear whether those numbers have changed, but Netflix’s faith on not only filming there but having Colombian directors, producers, and writers craft these shows demonstrates a serious interest in both utilizing the monetary and audience advantages of the country. The fact that all three are different, and aren’t mired in narco culture should be a refreshing change of pace for people looking for more diverse Latin American stories to stream.