Carolina Arias Ortiz
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Carolina Arias Ortiz

67 min.
Costa Rica
Subtitles: English

What are the mysterious stone spheres scattered throughout the Costa Rican landscape? Are they signs of alien life? Are they remnants of an ancestral tradition?


Carolina Arias Ortiz
Richard Córdoba
Alexandra Latishev, Carolina Arias Ortiz
María Neyla Santamaría
Production assitant
Federico Montero Coto
Esteban Chinchilla
Ximena Franco
Grecia Albán

Anthropologist and filmmaker Carolina Arias Ortiz returns to her native Costa Rica. Her father's health is deteriorating and she sees death approaching. Carolina wants to pay him one last visit and, when she arrives in her native country, she comes into contact with the archaeological work of Ifigenia Quintanilla. The archaeologist is investigating one of Costa Rica’s most famous cultural phenomena: the large stone spheres scattered throughout the Caribbean landscape and the many myths associated with them.

The director uses black and white photography to capture the invisible force that binds the universe together and to convey the idea that objects are full of emotions. Stones can also hide secrets. Carolina’s intimate voice, archival images, and Quintanilla’s philosophical texts connect the personal narrative with the rich history of Costa Rica’s ancestral peoples before the colonial genocide. The mysterious stone spheres become a powerful metaphor for our relationship with death and the eternal dimension of life.

About the direction
Carolina Arias Ortiz

Carolina Arias Ortiz


Carolina Arias Ortiz was born in Costa Rica in 1987. At the age of 12, she emigrated with her mother...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

DocsBarcelona Festival · Latitud
Edició 2021

Awards and festivals

EUA, 2021
National Culture Awards
Costa Rica, 2021
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Netherlands, 2020
Carolina Arias Ortiz
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Cinema here is a cathartic medium, it is the expressive channel through which the director recomposes a cracked object.

— Yoshua Oviedo · El antepenúltimo mohicano
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