Manos Sucias


A desperate fisherman and a naive young man embark on a dangerous journey trafficking drugs up the Pacific coast of Colombia. Hidden beneath the waves, they tow a narco-torpedo filled with millions of dollars worth of cocaine. Together they must brave the war-torn region while navigating the growing tension between them.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Josef Wladyka (writer/director) fell in love with filmmaking in high school. Even while pursing a B.S. in Finance he continued to make short films. When Wladyka returned to school for his MFA in Film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the quality of his first year work earned him a prestigious Faculty Fellowship Award. His short films, commercials and screenplays also garnered the attention of director Spike Lee who named him recipient of the 2010 Spike Lee Fellowship Award, providing research funds and mentorship for his first feature film. Manos Sucias is his feature debut.


Spike Lee Fellowship Award, Film Independent Producing Fellowship

Film Details
  • Year: 2013
  • Director(s): Josef Wladyka
  • Producer(s): Elena Greenlee, M├írcia Nunes
  • Writer(s): Josef Wladyka

Spring 2013 & Fall 2013 SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant Recipient