We’re proud to announce that ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA (Dir. Anabel Rodríguez Ríos), made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program, has been selected by Venezuela as the country’s International Feature entry for the 2021 Oscars. The selection was made by the country’s Asociación Nacional Autoroes Cinematograficos.
Rodríguez Ríos accomplishes the rare feat of giving us an independent documentary perspective on her country. Her carefully observed film is set in the small fishing village of Congo Mirador on Lake Maracaibo. The film focuses on two characters: Tamara, a Chavist party representative; and Natalie, a rebellious opposition-supporting school teacher. As the village prepares for parliamentary elections, we witness how the forces of pollution and political corruption influence the residents.