Who does not love a teen witch story? For all the lovers of this genre, who enjoy the potent mix of the occult and teen drama, there’s a brand new teen witch on the loose, and this time, there is a twist! Unusually, she’s a powerful but confused time-travelling Afro-Latin magic worker.
Siempre Bruja, a fantasy drama series, airs on Netflix follows the 19-year-old witch Carmen, who is time travelling to 2019 Cartagena, from the 17th-century. Back in her time, Carmen was a Colombian slave who was on the verge of being burned alive for professing her love to a white man. To save her beloved, she escapes and time travels to present day Cartagena through a powerful spell with some wizardly help. The series is directed by Mateo Stivelberg, and Liliana Bocanegra, and is based on the original writing of Isidora Chacon who is also the series writer along with Ana María Parra.
Always a Witch Cast: Who’s in it?
The series stars Angely Gaviria as Carmen, the titular Bruja (witch), along with Verónica Orozco as Ninibe. We also have Cristina Warner as Isabel de Aranoa, Lenard Vanderaa as Cristobal De Aranoa, Carlos Quintero as León, Sebastian Eslava as Esteban, and others.
Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Netflix Originals, shared his company’s excitement about this new series. He said “Our second Colombian original Siempre Bruja is not only a magnetic young adult story that audiences will love but also holds a powerful message of empowerment that will connect deeply with members both in Colombia and globally.”
Always a Witch Plot: What is it about?
Siempre Bruja follows Carmen who has crossed the gulf of time and must learn to navigate her way through modern times as she looks for her beloveds and deals with the looming threat of a mysterious witch-hunter. The series is an adaptation of the novel Yo, Bruja by Isidora Chacón, and the first season of the show has ten episodes which premiered altogether on February 1, 2019. It is a combination genre mix of a coming-of-age story with an ounce of historical drama, tempered with a solid dose of fantasy.
Siempre Bruja attempts to explore the dark and deep history of the historical persecution of Black witches. Historically, Cartagena – the city – was one of the original seats of the Spanish Inquisition. Numerous men and women, mostly African slaves, were known to have been tortured here, in the name of finding and rooting out witches. This imaginative new show delivers a superb breakout performance not just from its titular character but from a range of the youngest, most talented, Latin American actors.