festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela


Venezuelan filmmaker Anabel Rodríguez Ríos accomplishes the rare feat of giving us an independent documentary perspective on her country. Her carefully observed film is set in the small fishing village of Congo Mirador on Lake Maracaibo. The film focuses on two characters: Tamara, a Chavist party representative; and Natalie, a rebellious opposition-supporting school teacher. As the village prepares for a parliamentary elections, we witness the forces of pollution and political corruption on the residents.

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SilverSpot Cinema 12

Coral Gables Art Cinema

Director Bio

Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, a Venezuelan filmmaker based in Vienna, Austria, gained a master's in filmmaking at the London Film School, sponsored by the British Council and the Venezuelan organization Fundación Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho. Her latest short, "The Barrel," part of the Why Poverty? series, went to over 50 international film festivals, including Hot Docs and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and was awarded a grant from the TFI Latin America Fund.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
  • Producer(s)
    Sepp R. Brudermann
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Anabel Rodriguez Rios
  • Cinematographer(s)
    John Márquez
  • Composer
    Nascuy Linares

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    Érase una vez Venezuela
  • Country
    Venezuela, Austria, United Kingdom, Brazil
  • Run-Time
    99 min
  • Language
  • Subtitles