Like a Flame Lit on a Dark Night

    Como llama encendida en noche obscura

    • Carolina Arias Ortiz
    • Costa Rica
    idfaberthafund_01 IDFA Bertha Fund


    In the 1970s, nurses and doctors travelled the mountains of Costa Rica to the sound of the mysticism and poetry of my grandfather Doctor Ortiz. Together they built the innovative public health programme "hospital without walls". Digging into my grandfather's character, the memories compose a figure as luminous as he is dark. How to integrate the memory of my macho patriarch grandfather with the image of the revolutionary doctor?

    Project information

    Supported with €7500 for Classic: Development 2023
    Countries of production
    Costa Rica
    Production status
    Estimated length
    80 min


    Carolina Arias Ortiz
    Michele Ferris Dobles

    About IDFA Bertha Fund


    The IDFA Bertha Fund aims to stimulate and empower the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe by supporting remarkable and innovative documentary projects by talented filmmakers from these countries.

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