Women of the Venezuelan Chaos


Hart House Theatre Thu, May 3, 2018 6:30 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 7 Fri, May 4, 2018 6:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Sat, May 5, 2018 9:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:France
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Silence Breakers
Film Subjects:South America
Populism & the Rise of the Right
Her Story
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Margarita Cadenas
Producer(s):Margarita Cadenas
Charlotte Uzu
Editor(s):Mariana Eva Cadenas
Margarita Cadenas
Cinematography:César Briceño
Composer:Rémi Boubal


Five Venezuelan women from different backgrounds and generations reveal the truth behind the social, economic and political problems that plague their country. Sharing everyday experiences, the women demonstrate how having nothing is the norm—no diapers, no safety, no justice, no God. In a place where nothing works and nothing makes sense, the women try to find creative workarounds and ways to beat the system. But there's only so much they can do to counter chronic food and medicine shortages, soaring crime and political doublespeak. The country's contradiction cracks wide open when the government says one thing and these witnesses claim the opposite. What is truth and what is political cover-up? The haunting use of music creates a claustrophobic mood that makes palpable the state of fear and disorder in which Venezuelans live while also underscoring the fact that simply stating that Venezuela is progressive doesn't make it so. Angie Driscoll

Co-presented with JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival.

Silence Breakers program presented in partnership with OXFAM CANADA.

Additional Information

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