Atarraya portraits the lives of Sergio and Raúl, two fishermen living in the coasts of Cerro Gordo, one of the few active fishermen coast in Puerto Rico. Surrounded by restrictions, their day by day living becomes a struggle. Supported by informational dialogues by three scientists and researchers, the deep problems surrounding the coasts of Puerto Rico become evident through this short documentary.

"Atarraya" is a student film completed on May 15, 2015, as a BFA degree in Art and Digital Design requirement for The School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico.

  • Ricardo Santana
  • Ricardo Santana
  • Luz N. Marrero
  • Sergio Román
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Puerto Rico
  • Country of Filming:
    Puerto Rico
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Director - Ricardo Santana
Director Statement

Director’s Statement

We live in contemporary times, where social, cultural, enviromental and even ethnic contrasts are visible in our society. Duality between two situations become the foundation for the conceptual development in my work. The camera becomes the medium to capture reality as I perceive it, it may be a socio-political aspect or even as simple as a light and dark contrast. My work expands not only through photography, but also on video, as a way to be able to construct a story and translate my concept in a visual matter.

Like a remembrance of my architecture studies, there is a growing interest in spacial intervention. The use of sculptural installation as a multidisciplinary medium, summarizes most of my interests as an artist into a work where I intervene both space and spectator feelings, creating an evident contrast between art and spectator.