Private Project


A vibrant college student's life falls apart after she discovers she was sexually assaulted by a fellow student.

  • Sabina Arcila
  • Sabina Arcila
  • Annalise Shaw
  • Madeleine Pedersen
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HD 1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Southern Methodist University
Director Biography - Sabina Arcila

Sabina Arcila, a Miami native with a Colombian background, was always interested in storytelling from a young age. She got her start with the arts at the age of 11 when she got accepted into a magnet arts middle school program with an emphasis in theatre. From there, she went on to pursue theatre at a conservatory high school, New World School of the Arts, with an emphasis in acting. During her time in high school, she began to show interest in the art of filmmaking, and later attended a summer film program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Upon graduating high school, she went on to pursue a double major in Theatre (B.F.A.) and Film & Media Arts (B.A.) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a projected graduation date in the spring of 2024. Her film "Reyna" is her debut student short film.

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Director Statement

As a teenager coming from an arts high school experience, I was shocked when I was first exposed to Greek culture and its widespread influence on my college campus. Even more shocking to me was the alarming rate of my women-identifying friends who told me about their experiences with sexual assault on our campus. Out of the four women living in my sophomore dorm, 3 had experienced something that could be categorized as assault. Worse, the reaction to it was never alarm or shock or disgust, but rather a resigned "I'm too," from all the women around. I wanted to write a story about an assault and tell the story of the aftermath from a woman's perspective. Sadly, most films on this are told from a criminal justice, did-he-didn't-he, muckraker perspective, and I wanted to make a film that focused on the survivor's experience. A film for women by a woman. "Reyna" is my homage and love letter to the women of rooms 349 and 441.