Anabel Rodriguez Ríos’s film Érase una vez en Venezuela (Eng. Once upon a time in Venezuela, 2020) takes place in a place as unique as its name, Congo Mirador. The residents of the village live in their own “little Venezia”, reminding of the origin of the word “Venezuela”. The houses are perched on the water, and those who live there have a very close relationship with the unusual nature of the region. The film gives a glimpse to a discreet and united community, where everything that happens is popularly managed. Even though it is a rural society far from the cities, the viewer can identify issues that concern the entire Venezuelan society, or perhaps the whole Latin America. The culture of “Miss Venezuela”, the joy in adversity, political polarization, and economic instability merge into a cinematographic work that is as realistic as it is sublime. Despite the cultural diversity that permeates this documentary, the viewer is confronted with an uncomfortable truth: How much longer will the exceptional culture in Congo Mirador persist before it disappears?
Isabel Mogollón is a Venezuelan biologist and amateur poet, who has been living in Finland since 2013. She finds herself as a citizen of the world and a spiritual scientist who dreams to make science and art come closer.
Ramithawi is a Venezuelan Syrian singer-songwriter and a citizen of the world whose music is a fusion of Latin-american and Arabic elements.