Cicatrices (Scars)

In times of isolation, fear and misinformation, the body of a mother and her newborn form invisible scars that will remain in the memory of their bodies. This poetic documentary micro-short recounts the experiences of four women who gave birth during the pandemic. The deep joy of the long-awaited encounter, accompanied by the loneliness of not being able to feel the hugs of those who are eagerly awaiting them. Life itself is responsible for healing these unexpected scars.

  • Antonella Sudasassi Furniss
    The Awakening of the Ants, Hormigas
  • Antonella Sudasassi Furniss
  • Manrique Cortés Castro
  • Katherine Campos
    Key Cast
  • Maria Fernanda Esquivel
    Key Cast
  • Natalia Rodríguez
    Key Cast
  • Dianella Sudasassi
    Key Cast
  • Chisco Arce Ramírez
    Image Postproduction
  • Nayuribe Montero Jiménez
    Sound Postproduction
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Social Issues, Pandemic, Maternity, Motherhood, Female Gaze
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Costa Rica
  • Country of Filming:
    Costa Rica
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Director Biography - Antonella Sudasassi Furniss

Antonella Sudasassi Furniss is a director, writer and producer, with a degree in Audiovisual Production from the University of Costa Rica. Her first feature film, The Awakening of the Ants (also known as Hormigas) has been shown in more than 65 international festivals and has won more than 14 international awards. The film represented the country at the Academy Awards, was nominated for the Goya Awards and won at the Platinum Awards. In her work as a director, she has been interested in telling stories centered on female characters and how they understand their sexuality at different stages of life. She is currently developing a creative documentary on sexuality in adult life.

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Director Statement

This short documentary is an ode to life and hope, where we understand ourselves as beings capable of surviving and finding light even in the darkest moments. The pandemic is not over, and it is not so clear when it will end, so we must adapt to this new "normal". I hope that this short documentary will serve as a testimony, but also as support to all those women who are pregnant or thinking of assuming the commitment to give birth in a context that at first seems hostile, but that without a doubt, is renewed with the love of bringing a new life to this world.