Venezuela / United Kingdom / Brazil / Austria 2020, 99 min, Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles
Once upon a time, Congo Mirador was a bustling fishing village on the waters of Lake Maracaibo, locals gliding on their boats between its stilt-houses. But then came climate change, along with years of pollution and neglect. The water level rose, the fish died, and the people left. Now, the handful of villagers who stayed are trying to seize the opportunity of the upcoming Venezuelan elections and get the attention of those in power.
Director Anabel Rodríguez Ríos follows the villagers’ struggle for survival: the local politician, whose heart still belongs to Hugo Chávez; the teacher, who insists on teaching at the tiny school; the demure little girls, and the young mothers. Behind the stunning cinematography, peaceful atmosphere, and wonderful music, lurks an ecological disaster. Will anyone act in time to save them?
Previous Festivals: Sundance, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs