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Once Upon a Time in Venezuela
Documentary Film, VE/GB/AT/BR 2020, Farbe, 99 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2021

Director: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
Script: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, Sepp R. Brudermann
Camera: John Márquez
Editor: Sepp R. Brudermann
Location Sound: Marco Salaverria, Gherman Gil
Music: Nascuy Linares
Sounddesign: Daniel Turini
Additional Credits: Executive Producer Venezuela: Claudia Lepage
Producers: Sepp R. Brudermann, Arash T. Tiahi, Malu Campos, Nancy Harrison, Joe Torres
Production: Sancocho Público A.C. (VE)
Co-production: Sancocho Público A.C. (VE) Spiraleye Productions Ltd. (GB) Golden Girls Film Pacto Films (BR) Tres Cinematografía (VE)


Congo Mirador was once a prosperous fishing town, built on stilts on Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela’s largest oil field. But the village is sinking in polluted waters, corruption, and political violence and people are leaving. It is a portrait of a small village, a reflection of contemporary Venezuela, and a dark prophecy showing us where things end if we fail to stand up against the corrosive forces of populism: in dictatorship and total destruction.

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