Once Upon A Time In Venezuela

Dir. Anabel Rodríguez Ríos

érase una vez en Venezuela | 2020 | Venezuela, Austria, United Kingdom, Brazil | 99 min


On Lake Maracaibo, beneath the mysterious silent Catatumbo lightning, the village of Congo Mirador is preparing for parliamentary elections. For streetwise local businesswoman and Chavist party representative Tamara every vote counts, fought by all means, while for oppo- sition-supporting teacher Natalie, politics is a weapon unsuccessfully attempting to force her from her job. And with her sharp eyes, little Yoaini sees her community sinking from sedimen- tation, her childhood and innocence with it. How can a small fishing village survive against cor- ruption, pollution and political decay – a reflection of all the flaws of contemporary Venezuela.

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Anabel Rodríguez Ríos


Sepp R. Brudermann


Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, Sepp R. Brudermann

Producer companys

Sancocho Público A.C. (Venezuela) Spiraleye Productions Ltd. (UK) Golden Girls Film (Austria) Pacto Films (Brasil) Tres Cinematografía (Venezuela)


John Márquez

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