Shadow Girl


While editing her last film in Toronto, filmmaker Maria Teresa Larraín starts to lose her sight. She decides to experience her pain alone and close the doors to her past, convinced she’ll never be able to work as an artist again. However, the news of her mother’s passing means she returns to her native Chile, which she left behind 30 years back. Walking the streets of Santiago she gets to know a new world which inspires her: that of the blind street vendors of La Alameda, the city’s main avenue. A compelling journey into the depths of blindness in an autobiographic narration full of courage and a sense of humour when facing a new life.


Maria Teresa Larrain was born in Chile in 1951.  She moved to Canada in 1976 and graduated in Radio and Television Arts at the Ryerson University in Toronto. She has worked as an independent filmmaker for over 25 years. Her character-driven films deal with issues of social justice (diversity, inclusion, “otherness”). She has directed El Juicio de Pascual Pichun, Dolores, Looking for Findley and Amor Amargo.

The Q&A with the director will be in Spanish without translation.

Shadow Girl

Maria Teresa Larraín

Chile, Canada, Costa Rica (2016)


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Language: Spanish, English

Executive production: Ed Barreveld, Maria Teresa Larrain

Photography: Daniel Grant, Arnlaldo Rodriguez

Edition: Ricardo Acosta, Ordan Kawai, Tim Wilson

Sound: Daniel Pellerin

Production: Maremoto Productions & Storylinentertainment