Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Venezuela
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:To Conserve & Protect
Film Subjects:Ecology & the Environment
Latin America
Politics & Political Intrigue
Rural Live & Agriculture
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
Producer(s):Sepp Brudermann
Executive Producer(s):Claudia Lepage
Editor(s):Sepp Brudermann
Cinematography:John Márquez
Composer:Nascuy Linares
Sound:Daniel Turini


To Conserve & Protect: Fighting for and collaborating with the planet

Over the lake-top village of Congo Mirador on Lake Maracaibo, a sheltering sky is filled with mysterious silent lightning called Catatumbo—a dramatic metaphor for what lies ahead. Once a rich and vibrant community, Congo Mirador has fallen victim to the proliferation of corruption, pollution and political decay in Venezuela. Built on stilts, its quiet rows of houses are now sinking into the silt and sludge of the lakebed below, plunging the community into turmoil. Sitting on unsettled grounds, the community prepares for the parliamentary elections. Director Anabel Rodríguez Ríos follows two women as they clash over political differences: streetwise local businesswoman and Chavist party representative Tamara faces off with Natalie, a struggling teacher who supports the opposition. As they brandish their political swords, a young girl named Yoaini becomes a poetic and powerful voice of reason. Heather Haynes

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

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