Talent Guide

Gabriela Diaz Arp

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2023


Gabriela Díaz Arp is a filmmaker and producer whose work pushes the boundaries and form of documentary storytelling as means to break binary modes of perception and better understand the complexities of being human. She is currently directing her first feature-length hybrid film Matininó in her motherland of Puerto Rico. The film follows a multigenerational family of women who are exploring how violence travels through generations, space and time as they write and star in a science fiction film. She also directed the short virtual reality film and installation, Meeting a Monster, which examines one woman’s descent into the white supremacy movement and her attempt to get out. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, won Best Immersive Experience at NBFF and was featured in WIRED magazine. Gabriela’s work has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, Doc Society, Topic, CNN, Points North Institute and Adobe and screened at festivals around the world including Tribeca, Cannes NEXT, Hot Docs and Sheffield DocFest. Gabriela has been a fellow with the Sundance New Frontier x Knight Program, the DOC NYC x Video Consortium Storytelling Incubator and the American Stories and BAVC fellowship.

Current Project



Matininó tells the story of the Villanueva family, a multi-generational family of Puerto Rican women transforming their experience of violence into a science fiction film.