Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

    • Anabel Rodríguez Ríos for Sancocho Publico
    • Venezuela, England, Brazil
    idfaberthafund_01 IDFA Bertha Fund


    On Lake Maracaibo, beneath the silent Catatumbo lightning, the small lake-top village of Congo Mirador is preparing for parliamentary elections. For businesswoman and Chavist party representative Tamara every vote counts and must be fought for, while for rebellious school teacher Natalie, politics is a weapon attempting to force her out of her job. And with her sharp eyes, little Yoaini sees her village sinking from sedimentation, and her childhood with it. What are the chances of a small fishing village surviving against corruption, pollution and political decay - all the flaws of modern Venezuela?

    Project information

    Countries of production
    Venezuela, England, Brazil
    Production status
    Estimated length
    90 min


    Anabel Rodríguez Ríos for Sancocho Publico
    Anabel Rodríguez Ríos for Sancocho Publico
    Sepp Brudermann for Spiraleye Productions, Malu Viana for Polo de Imagem

    About IDFA Bertha Fund


    The IDFA Bertha Fund aims to stimulate and empower the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe by supporting remarkable and innovative documentary projects by talented filmmakers from these countries.

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