Carolina Arias

anthropologist and filmmaker

San José, CR

anthropology memory images senses body feminism family autoethnography

I was born in Costa Rica in 1987. Then 12 years old I migrate with my mother and sister to Brussels, in Belgium. My concerns for understanding cultural differences lead me to study anthropology. Then, my fascination with images and sound, made me explore cinema and audiovisual language. In 2010 I travelled to Barcelona to receive a postgraduate degree in documentary cinema after which I decided to return to Latin America and I settled in Quito, Ecuador for 4 years. I worked in different indigenous territories and with women's organizations.

I currently live in Costa Rica where she works teaching anthropology and film. I also develop documentary projects with my  production company "Mito Producciones". I am now writing my PhD  thesis about film, gender and family archives at the University of Costa Rica. 

My first film Rebel Objects was released at IDFA 2020. The film won several prize around the world and was programmed in more than 20 international festivals. 

I am also writing my second feature film "Like flame lit in the dark night", that received the Bertha Fund for development.


Objetos Rebeldes (Rebel Objects)