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Learning from the Tropics

“Learning from the Tropics” is a performative documentary filmed in 2021 and produced in 2023 by Iris C. M. Frank, an Austrian designer who travels all the way to Costa Rica to join Refugio Tinti, located in La Gamba, a village in the Costa Rican region of Puntarenas, to immerse herself in daily life and discover various environmental restoration methods. The film shows a group of workers, Esteban, Max and Mauricio, practicing permaculture. Iris films a series of practices performed by these workers ranging from Mexican Sunflower, Biochar, to Hot Compost making process.

  • Iris C. M. Frank
  • Iris C. M. Frank
  • Iris C. M. Frank
  • Max Mena Castillo
    Key Cast
  • Esteban Corrales Cruz
    Key Cast
  • Mauricio
    Key Cast
  • Rene
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 13, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Costa Rica
  • Country of Filming:
    Costa Rica
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon EOS Mark II
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Iris C. M. Frank

Born in Wagna, Austria on 26/11/1990, Iris C. M. Frank is an Austrian designer who studied architecture. She has always been fascinated by art, nature, and human psychology. Her main focus is to create multimedia art.

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Director Statement

„Learning from the tropics“ is an experimental combination of styles used to stress the subject experience and share an emotional response with the world. It connects personal accounts with global issues.