Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Latin America announced a project in development with Colombian director and producer Diana Bustamante. “Sanyu,” which is Bustamante's first television project, is an original bilingual and bicultural Afro-Latino thriller with universal themes of connecting to one’s heritage and the journey to find oneself.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Diana on ‘Sanyú,’ her first TV project. We’ve been focusing on elevating unique voices and stories in the region, and Diana’s immense creative talent is a huge asset as we tell this original story about Afro-Latino heritage in Latin America. Such stories are rarely ever told with this level of visibility, and more importantly, through this transnational yet universal lens,” said Nestor Hernandez, VP of Content Development in Latin America and US Hispanic for SPT International Production.
“It’s incredible to be working with Sony to bring ‘Sanyú,’ one of the greatest creative challenges of my career, to life. The creative freedom we’ve been given allows for great opportunity. We have gone through extensive research that allows us to enter other realities including some that may be less obvious and richer. The region is intensely complex. This is a work of many details, flavors, tensions, and characters," Diana Bustamante commented.
“Sanyú” centers on Hamilton, a paramedic in medical school who returns to his homeland after the violent murder of his mother. After more than 20 years, Hamilton leaves Baltimore and returns to Buenaventura, a port city in the Colombian Pacific, to attend her funeral. In this place, where traditions and witchcraft intersect with corrupt political mafias and criminals, Hamilton will try to discover the truth behind the crime of his mother, a task that he will soon find confusing and a risk to his own life.