Beautiful Sin

Beautiful Sin

A film by Gabriela Quirós

Costa Rica/USA, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 2013
55 min, DVCAM, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)


What if you desperately wanted to have a child, but your government and religion prohibited you from using the one medical treatment that could help? BEAUTIFUL SIN is the surprising story of three couples struggling with infertility in Costa Rica, who take their government before an international human rights court to demand the right to use in vitro fertilization, a fertility treatment in which doctors create embryos in the lab. The film’s director and narrator follows the couples and their legal battle for a decade. The result is a compassionate and incisive journey through the politics of reproductive rights and the hardships of infertility. The film received a production award from Latino Public Broadcasting as well as a grant from Chicken & Egg Pictures, among others.

Texas Premiere

About the director

Gabriela Quiros Gabriela Quirós is an independent documentary filmmaker, and a staff producer at KQED Public Television, in San Francisco, California, where she has directed over 50 segments and half-hour documentaries for the national science series QUEST, and won two regional Emmys. She grew up in Costa Rica and attended the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. BEAUTIFUL SIN is her first feature-length documentary.


Producer: Gabriela Quirós
Production Companies: Azul Films
Screenwriter: Gabriela Quirós
Cinematographer: Hilda Hidalgo, Gabriela Quiros
Editor: Linda Peckham
Sound Design: Linda Peckham
Music: Mark Orton, Joan Jeanrenaud, David Molina

Print Source: Azul Films,



Beautiful Sin