Shadow Girl

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W√§hrenddem sie an ihrem letzten Film in Toronto arbeitet, verliert die Filmemacherin Maria Teresa Larra√≠n langsam ihr Augenlicht. Sie beschliesst, ihren Schmerz allein zu erleben und die T√ľren zu ihrer Vergangenheit zu schliessen, √ľberzeugt davon, dass sie nie wieder als K√ľnstlerin arbeiten kann. Die Nachricht vom Tod ihrer Mutter f√ľhrt jedoch dazu, dass sie in ihre Heimat Chile zur√ľckkehrt, die sie vor 30 Jahren zur√ľckgelassen hat. Beim Spaziergang durch die Strassen von Santiago lernt sie eine neue Welt kennen, die sie inspiriert: die der blinden Strassenverk√§ufer von La Alameda, der Hauptstrasse der Stadt. Eine spannende Reise in die Tiefen der Blindheit in einer autobiografischen Erz√§hlung voller Mut und Humor, wenn man sich einem neuen Leben stellt.

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Originaltitel
Shadow Girl
Titel
Shadow Girl
Regie
Maria Teresa Larrain
Land
Chile
Jahr
2017
Drehbuch
Maria Teresa Larrain
Montage
Ricardo Acosta, Jordan Kawai, Tim Wilson
Musik
Jorge Aliaga
Kamera
Daniel Grant, Arnaldo Rodríguez
Ton
Daniel Pellerin
Produktion
Maremoto Productions , Lisa Valencia-Svensson
Formate
DCP
Länge
75 Min.
Sprache
Spanisch, Englisch/e
Schauspieler:innen
Dokumentarfilm, documentaire, documentary, documentario, Maria Teresa Larrain, Cristian Larraín Navarro, Celia Navarro de Larraín, Ana María Larraín Navarro, Patricio Larraín Navarro, Andrés Albornóz, Luis Aedo, Carlos Marconi, Guillermo Sepulveda, Santiago 'Chago' Felix

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‚ÄúIn a new chapter of Inclusive Awareness we will talk with film director, Mar√≠a Teresa Larra√≠n, about the premise of Shadow Girl, a documentary which narrates the process of the loss of sight.‚ÄĚ CNN Chile

Shadow Girl by film critic Carlos Correa ‚ÄúThis moving documentary by Mar√≠a Teresa Larra√≠n depicts her own story. A hard road, a deep journey towards vision loss and a feared blindness which gradually dims shapes and colours, substantially transforming her life. As she becomes blind, she lets us into her inner world...‚ÄĚ Source: Signis Chile

Maria Teresa Larrain:

Shadow Girl is an intimate first-person film by Chilean-born filmmaker Mar√≠a Teresa Larra√≠n. It follows her journey as she suddenly starts losing her vision and grapples with her new reality as a filmmaker who is irreversibly losing her sight. In creating this work, Mar√≠a Teresa 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. Shadow Girl begins with the filmmaker's private despair, loneliness and ‚Äėshame‚Äô and follows the events and struggles that bring her to a more hopeful, socially engaged and defiant outlook. While following the dramatic arc of Mar√≠a Teresa‚Äôs personal story, the film also offers the viewer a window into her creative process and her transition from a sighted to a blind filmmaker.

In Shadow Girl, the viewer becomes Mar√≠a Teresa‚Äôs companion as she travels between Toronto and Santiago, the two cities she calls home. The filmmaker‚Äôs storytelling devices include ‚Äėthe blind gaze‚Äô and the crossing of the bridge that symbolizes the separation of the sighted world from that of the blind. The film also explores the relationship between sound and memory, central elements in Mar√≠a Teresa's work. Shot with two cameras depicting both a subjective and an objective point of view, Shadow Girl provides the blind characters with a rare opportunity seldom granted in film to the disabled: that of looking back, returning the spectator's gaze.

In Toronto after she begins losing her sight, she is denied disability benefits by the Canadian government. Without any other means of support she begins to slip into poverty. Encouraged by her large family, who all support her in her time of need, she goes back to her native Santiago which she had fled at the height of the Pinochet dictatorship.

On Santiago's main commercial street María Teresa meets a group of blind street vendors who are fighting for the right to continue to sell their wares, which is their sole means of support. The bond she forms with this tight-knit community fundamentally changes her understanding of what it means to live as a blind person, and starts her on a journey of empowerment and transformation. Their dignity and determination inspire her to use her skills as a filmmaker and bring their stories to a wider audience. The idea of a blind filmmaker is an oxymoron at first, but as María Teresa begins to reclaim her voice, she redefines filmmaking on her own terms.

As the street vendors embrace her and she becomes part of their lives, María Teresa experiences another type of transformation. As she walks the streets of her childhood and reconnects with her family, she starts to build a new identity and find a new path in life. Through her aging mother, who has also gone blind, she learns how to balance relying on others while maintaining her independence. Most surprisingly, in their innocence, her young granddaughters teach her that blindness is just another way of being.