Online screening of movie “Once Upon a Time in Venezuela” and discussion with the director Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, will be part of the festival “One World 2021”.
Once Upon a Time in Venezuela / Anabel Rodríguez Ríos / Austria, Brazil, Great Britain, Venezuela 2020 / 99 min / English friendly – Lightning magnificently illuminates the sky every night above South America’s largest lake, Maracaibo. The inhabitants of the village of Congo Mirador have been observing a rare natural phenomenon from their houses, perched on stilts above the surface of Lake Maracaibo for many generations. Once a thriving fishing village of hundreds of residents, it resounded with the singing and music of the locals, and the children attended school and hunted for shells. Pollution and clogging of the lake due to oil production and deteriorating living conditions are forcing the mayor of the village of Tamaru and other residents to face up to serious existential problems. There is not much time left to make changes as life gradually disappears from the village.