MM first project as a director


The Darkness That You Fear  immerses us fully in the day-to-day life of Melissa, a young fighter, happy and funny who, at her thirty-two years old, must face breast cancer. This unexpected illness in her life, the treatment before the surgical intervention, as well as the fact of having to accept the transformations that her body undergoes, make her deepest fears surface.

Trailer - THE DARKNESS THAT YOU FEAR - Short Film 2021

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The Darkness That you Fear  was born from my craft perspective as an actress, sharing my own experience with cancer. Each feeling experienced and emotion in the process is showed through images, sounds and audio notes, and an inner thoughts in a voice off format. 
All of these together, supported with the contrast of rhythms, lighting and colours, aim to create a sensory piece that faithfully transports the audience to my personal experience and thus achieve an empathy and understanding with a process as tough as it is cancer.



The short film by Murcian actress Melissa Morán was awarded for her intimate view of breast cancer

The NotodoFilmFest awards this project that shows her experience with the disease in only 3.5 minutes


Sunday, 23 January 2022, 23:28

“It’s you”, the young main character of the short film The darkness that you fear repeats to herself in front of the mirror, awarded at  NOTODO Film Fest, sponsored by Atresmedia and the Spanish Association for the Fight against Cancer. That final scene shows the first time that Melissa Morán, an actress and director from Murcia, looked at herself after the mastectomy she underwent in September 2021. “I didn’t want to look at me. My sister helped me to shower because I didn’t want to see myself, but making this project helped me to face my body without a breast », tells Melissa. That is why the scene takes your breath away with the stampede of emotions that overwhelm the young filmmaker in the difficult moment of facing her new reality.
Recounting the experience of breast cancer in 3.5 minutes may seem as impossible as forgetting this short film, in which the actress has narrated her experience to the surface of her skin. Melissa has filtered a tone of intimate authenticity in the story, which breathes the eternity of forced rest, the anguish of the future, the impulse to survive.

Only the shooting became an odyssey. She was convalescing as she was in her house in Santiago de la Ribera, she was forced to “deceive a group of friends,” who worked as camera operators, photographers, and illuminators. When she decided to participate in the film festival, “there were two weeks left until the application deadline and I had to make it compatible with the times when I felt strong,” she tells about the production in full chemotherapy treatment. She enlisted the help of 12 friends, but at the last moment the person who was going to edit it backed down and Melissa had to draw strength from that hidden warehouse where human beings keep a reserve for decisive moments. “I had to take over the editing, not sleeping for 24 hours and not stopping to see the same images,” she recalls of the final race.

The final scene shows the first time the Murcian looked at herself in the mirror after the surgery

“I didn’t expect them to say my name, because there were very good shorts in competition,” says Melissa about the ceremony where she received the award at the Doré cinema in Madrid the past December 20.
From this festival backed by the filmmaker Javier Fesser to show the work of young creators, she received one thousand euros and the dissemination of the short through Atresmedia social media platforms. The real prize was the positive energy and boost that this production gave her at her most difficult time. Some wings that have helped her to take flight with the project of a film of her own. “It’s a psychological thriller of a woman with Yerma’s perspective,” she says about the Lorca play that she versioned in a London theater, where she studied Acting. “Art helps to process some situations, it’s a therapy,” she explains.

Mar Menor, a refuge
In the short film titled The darkness that you fear, she has condensed her emotional mastectomy process in 3.5 minutes, but Melissa clarifies that everything is longer and more complex than you think at first. “The doctors weren’t supposed to remove the entire breast, but then they saw that my armpit glands were damaged,” shares the filmmaker. Then come the long months of chemo, the fatigue and “worry, because you have a year and a half off, but if your treatment lasts longer, you no longer have financial support.”
As she has reflected in the short, “the Mar Menor was an escape route for my illness every afternoon. My friends took me to the beach,” says the young artist. At the waters of the salty lagoon – it was also convalescing – she left her childhood, and now it has returned her calm.