Sometimes fiction proves inadequate in the face of individuals with extraordinary destinies. Alternatively, we might assert that the lives of such people possess an impact equal to that of great literature. It is difficult to avoid viewing the protagonist of the short documentary ‘The Woman Who Stops the Wind‘ as a European iteration of Ursula, the central female character in Gabriel García Márquez’s novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’. This parallel with Márquez’s work is not merely coincidental, however. By chance or design, director Vesna Marich presents us, like the Colombian novelist, with a chronicle of a community in Lovište, Croatia, beginning with its inception, moving through its “golden age,” and ending with its contemporary “touristic” decline. The war also plays a crucial role in the development of this local history, coinciding with that of an extraordinary woman, Marija Srhoj. Lastly, to conclude this series of intentional or unintentional similarities, the element of magical realism holds a central position, without the documentary straying from its biographical objective. Thus, in this brief exploration of Marija Srhoj’s life, weaves details related to archaic, unfamiliar techniques for harnessing natural forces or the secrets of herbs capable of curing any ailment with facts pertaining to the written and unwritten history of this land.