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by Anabel Rodríguez Ríos


On Lake Maracaibo, beneath the mysterious silent Catatumbo lightning, the small lake-top village of Congo Mirador is preparing for parliamentary elections. For streetwise local businesswoman and Chavist party representative Tamara every vote counts and must be obtained by whatever means necessary, while for rebellious opposition-supporting school teacher Natalie, politics is a weapon unsuccessfully attempting to force her out of her job. And with her sharp eyes, little Yoaini sees her community sinking from sedimentation, and her childhood and innocence with it. What is the possibility of a small fishing village surviving against corruption, pollution and political decay – a reflection of all the flaws of contemporary Venezuela?

international title: Once Upon a Time in Venezuela
original title: Once Upon a Time in Venezuela
country: Venezuela, United Kingdom, Brazil, Austria
year: 2020
genre: animation
directed by: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
screenplay: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
cinematography by: John Márquez
film editing: Sepp R. Brudermann
music: Nascuy Linares
producer: Sepp R. Brudermann
co-producer: Arash T. Riahi, Joe Torres
executive producer: Claudia Lepage
production: Spiraleye Productions, Spiraleye Productions, Golden Girls Filmproduktion, Sancocho Público (VE), TRES Cinematografía (VE), Pacto Filmes (BR)

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