DOCU/WORLD

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

Year
2020
Country
Venezuela, UK, Brazil, Austria
Duration
99’
Director
Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
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 for by all means, while for the opposition-supporting teacher Natalie, politics is a weapon that is unsuccessfully trying to force her from her job. And with her sharp eyes, little Yoaini sees her community sinking from sedimentation, her childhood, and innocence with it. How can a small fishing village survive against corruption, pollution, and political decay — a reflection of all the flaws of contemporary Venezuela?
CREW:
Director: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
Producer: Sepp R. Brudermann
Cinematographer: John Márquez
Editor: Sepp R. Brudermann
Sound: Daniel Turrini
Production
Sancocho Público, Spiraleye Productions, Golden Girls Filmproduktion, TRES Cinematografía, Pacto Filmes
Sales:
Rise & Shine Worldsales
Awards
Shortlist of IDA Awards (2020); Best International Feature at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (2020); Best Film at International Film Festival WATCH DOCS (2020)
Director
Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
Anabel Rodríguez Ríos is a Venezuelan filmmaker based in Vienna, Austria. She gained a Master’s in Filmmaking at the London Film School, which was sponsored by the British Council and the Venezuelan Foundation ‘El gran Mariscal de Ayacucho’. Her latest short The Barrel, part of the Why Poverty series, went to over 50 international film festivals, including HotDocs and IDFA, and was awarded a TFI Latin Grant.
Selected Filmography
The Barrel (2012); Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020)
DOCUSPACE ONLINE CINEMA
19 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
25 – 
March
3
April 2022
Children
DOCU/WORLD
Children
Year
2020
Country
Israel
Director
Ada Ushpiz
Duration
110’
DOCU/WORLD
Love & Stuff
DOCU/WORLD
Love & Stuff
Year
2020
Country
USA
Director
Judith Helfand
Duration
79’
DOCU/WORLD
Petit Samedi
DOCU/WORLD
Petit Samedi
Year
2020
Country
Belgium
Director
Paloma Sermon-Daï
Duration
75’
DOCU/WORLD
Solitaire Dance
DOCU/WORLD
Solitaire Dance
Year
2021
Country
Finland
Director
Antti Lempiäinen
Duration
58’
DOCU/WORLD
A Colombian Family
DOCU/WORLD
A Colombian Family
Year
2020
Country
Denmark
Director
Tanja Wol Sørensen
Duration
80’
DOCU/WORLD
Petit Tom
DOCU/WORLD
Petit Tom
Year
2020
Country
Canada
Director
André-Line Beauparlant
Duration
100’
DOCU/WORLD
Taming the Garden
DOCU/WORLD
Taming the Garden
Year
2021
Country
Switzerland, Germany, Georgia
Director
Salomé Jashi
Duration
90’
DOCU/WORLD
There Will Be No More Night
DOCU/WORLD
There Will Be No More Night
Year
2020
Country
France
Director
Éléonore Weber
Duration
76’
DOCU/WORLD
This Rain Will Never Stop
DOCU/WORLD
This Rain Will Never Stop
Year
2020
Country
Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Qatar
Director
Alina Gorlova
Duration
103’
DOCU/WORLD