Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

(2013 TFI Worldview Partnership)

Once upon a time, the Venezuelan village of Congo Mirador, floating on stilts just inches above the deep Lake Maracaibo, was prosperous, alive with fishermen and poets. In recent years, it has decayed and disintegrated, rotting beneath pollution and neglect—a small but prophetic reflection of Venezuela itself.

Anabel Rodríguez Ríos Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
DIRECTOR

Anabel Rodríguez Ríos has an MA in filmmaking at the London Film School. She just finished The Barrel, a short documentary which was shown at HotDocs. Growing in Oil is her debut... more»

Sepp Bruderman Sepp Bruderman
PRODUCER

Sepp Bruderman has an MA at the Academy of Fine Arts- Vienna / MA Audio Visual Production - London Metropolitan University. He won Best Documentary at the British National Students Film Festival.... more»

“El Congo Mirador inhabitants swim in oil, and even though, they are sinking into it. It is a metaphor of the Western societies. I hope some of the village children find a path into a better future.”

Genre: Documentary