How a Woman-Run Coffee Mill Creates Community in a Remote Costa Rican Town

A Small Section of the World tells the story of a group of women from a remote farming region of Costa Rica. Learning together, they built the first woman-run micro coffee mill in the country. The growing business has allowed the women to sustain a community and send their kids to college. 

The film is directed by Lesley Chilcott, the producer of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth. Chilcott told IndieWire about her personal connection to this story: My husband and I have a small farm in Guanacaste in Costa Rica, and I love the people and the culture there,” she said. “So when you combine that with a story about women’s empowerment through growing coffee and taking care of the land, I’m in!”

Chilcott had the support of some powerful people along the way. Alanis Morisette co-wrote an original song for the film with Costa Rican artist and Grammy winner Carlos Tapado Vargas, while Italian coffee roasting company Illy Caffe funded the film. 

A Small Section of the World will be available worldwide On Demand on December 16. Chilcott hopes that it will inspire people to consider how their food is made. “I want people to think about the women in the film and women like them every time they drink heir morning coffee and tea.” Who produces the stuff that gets you going in the morning? Watch the trailer for A Small Section of the World, and meet them.