In The Shadow of Light

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In The Shadow of Light

Original title: A la sombra de la luz

Directed by: Isabel REYES, Ignacia MERINO

Produced by: Maria Jose DIAZ (Galgo Storytelling, Chile), Francisca BARRAZA (Funky Films, Chile)

Country of production: Chile

Runtime: 66'

Expected release: July, 2023

Production stage: Post-production

Budget: €200.000 (95% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals, Buyers, Gap Financing, Communications, Marketing, Strategic Guidance


In a small town in Chile, rural life deals with an electricity grid providing power to the rest of the country. A child ventures out among hundreds of transmission towers, transformers, and thermal power stations and giving himself over to chasing rabbits. In the darkness, the threatening presence of the large-scale industrial complex reveals the workings of an unequal system.

Director’s profile:

Isabel Reyes Bustos is a Chilean journalist and documentary filmmaker born in Concepción. She has wide experience in investigative journalism, screenwriting and production. Her films deal with themes related to socio-environmental conflicts and issues of social relevance. She is the executive director and founder of Dos Be Producciones, where she is currently directing her first film “IN THE SHADOW OF LIGHT”. She is also the director of the documentary project in development “DRY VOICES” and producer of “THE SAFEST PLACE”, a documentary in development awarded by SANFIC Santiago Lab and DocsMX.

Co-Director’s profile:

Ignacia Merino Bustos is a Chilean director and producer born in Santiago. She is the founder of the production company Dos Be Producciones, where she directs her first feature documentary “IN THE SHADOW OF LIGHT”, in which she explores socio-environmental issues narrated by an observational and experimental approach to electricity. In her company, also produces the documentary in development “THE SAFEST PLACE”, awarded by SANFIC Santiago Lab and DocsMX. Her current work as a producer at the company Tres Tercios, specializes in non-fiction series, animation and short films, such as “SO THEY SAY” and “WE WILL BURN”. She began her career as an executive producer at Invercine & Wood, where she worked on the fiction series “MARY & MIKE” (Warner), “DIGNITY” (Amazon) and “NEWS OF A KIDNAPPING” (Amazon).

Producer’s profile:

María José Díaz has worked as an investigative journalist for TV series and produces non-fiction films in cinematic and XR formats. Her work is based on themes that explore different layers of the human condition and nature, told through narratives and platforms linked to innovation. María José is the producer of the documentary feature film “IN THE SHADOW OF LIGHT”, co-director and producer of the virtual reality project “ANCESTRAL SECRET VR” and producer of “KNOWING YOUR NATURE”, a mixed reality project in development. She is the founder of Galgo Storytelling, a creative lab to tell stories with technology and member of the Steering Committee and Communications Director of the National Film Festival of Ñuble, Chile.