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Shadow Girl

SHADOW GIRL is the extraordinary story of a filmmaker struggling with the prospect of losing her vision. While editing her last film in Toronto, Chilean-born filmmaker María Teresa Larraín suddenly begins to go blind. After she’s denied disability benefits by the Canadian government, she returns home to Chile. There, inspired by the resilience and wisdom of the blind street vendors she meets, María Teresa confronts her fears and steps courageously into her new life while reclaiming her dignity and her voice as an artist. This powerful and poetic film raises complex questions about art and “vision,” able and dis-abled, and poverty and privilege.

"Larrain has become a paradoxical artist, a blind filmmaker committed to creating images she can no longer see."
The Globe and Mail

"Extraordinary. Beyond its stylistic triumphs, Shadow Girl is a powerful look at how one woman learns to cope with disability."
Toronto Film Scene

"As much as this is a film about losing one’s sight, it is also about finding the inner strength to deal with the curveballs that life throws at us."
Cinema Axis

"An emotional and truly fascinating experience."
In the Seats


Main credits

Larraín, María Teresa (film director)
Larraín, María Teresa (film producer)
Larraín, María Teresa (on-screen participant)
Barreveld, Ed (film producer)
Valencia-Svensson, Lisa (film producer)

Other credits

Editors, Ricardo Acosta, Tim Wilson; directors of photography, Arnaldo Rodriguez (Chile), Daniel Grant (Canada); composer, Jorge Aliaga.

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Distributor subjects

Body image, Disabilities, Human Rights


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