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Title Once Upon a Time in Venezuela.

Publication Info. Cargo Film & Releasing, 2020.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2021.


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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (99 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
video file MPEG-4 Flash
Note Title from title frames.
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Event Originally produced by Cargo Film & Releasing in 2020.
Summary With the world's largest crude reserves at Lake Maracaibo not far from Congo Mirador, Venezuela was one of Latin America's richest countries through the 1990s. The lake's namesake city was even referred to as "Venezuela's Saudi Arabia." But inequality was high, and the boom time wasn't to last. In 1999, Hugo Chavez took power and launched the Bolivarian Revolution, centralizing power to the state, redistributing wealth and nationalizing industries including oil and banking. His socialist political reforms put him at odds with the United States, and a hostile relationship lasted until his death in 2013. His successor, Nicolas Maduro, continued Chavez's legacy, but by 2016, oil prices had fallen by more than 70 percent, plunging the country into a humanitarian crisis. In addition, the Trump administration put sanctions on Venezuela and refused to recognize Maduro's presidency after highly disputed elections in 2018. Suffering from hyperinflation, environmental degradation, and shortage of food and basic necessities, over 4 million Venezuelans left the country in the past few years, and many millions more are expected to continue to flee in what will be the world's worst refugee crisis of modern times... When filmmaker Anabel Rodríguez Ríos visits a remote floating village in Venezuela to see its eternal lightning storms, she discovers another ongoing and alarming situation taking place... Congo Mirador was once a magical, thriving fishing community, built on stilts near Latin American's biggest oil field. But more recently, Venezuela has been spiraling into chaos and violence, and the village itself is literally sinking from pollution and neglect - a prophetic reflection of Venezuela itself. At the center of the village's existential fight stands two female leaders: Mrs. Tamara, the Chavez-worshipping coordinator, not above bribery and intimidation, and Natalie, her most vocal critic and school teacher. As confidence erodes under President Maduro and Venezuela shapes up to become the world's worst refugee crisis in 2020, outpacing the displacement in Syria, will the village find a way to stay afloat or will it become a political and ecological sacrifice? Shot over seven years, ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA bears witness to the corrosive consequences of corruption and government neglect that reaches the farthest corners and pits neighbor against neighbor in a struggle for survival.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Language In English
Subject Human rights.
Environmental sciences.
Latin America.
Documentary films.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Added Author Rodríguez Ríos, Anabel, film director.
Cargo Film & Releasing (Firm) Distributor.
Kanopy (Firm) Distributor.
Music No. 12239495 Kanopy
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