In the editing room of a small studio in Toronto, a filmmaker starts losing her sight. Shadow Girl is an autobiographic film which follows her journey into darkness and depicts her struggle to reclaim her dignity and her voice as an artist. In her deeply personal film, Chilean born director Maria Teresa Larrain, uses the dislocation and loss of identity she confronts as the emotional springboard to create a lyrical tone poem at once accessible and very human. While raising complex questions about art and “vision,” able and dis-abled, poverty and privilege, Shadow Girl challenges the viewer’s own assumptions and outlook on the world.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
María Teresa Larraín is an award winning Chilean-Canadian filmmaker. Since her graduation from Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto, María has been invited to participate in a number of prestigious programs including the Documentary Edit and Story Lab and the Documentary and Composers Lab of the Sundance Institute, the Alan King’s Documentary Studio, and the Canadian Film Centre Scriptwriters Lab. Her films have been broadcast in Canada and Chile. They have also enjoyed theatrical distribution in Chile and have been screened at film festivals around the World.