Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

Like many documentaries at Sundance, this one tackles the demise of a community. Abandoned by it’s government Lake Maracaibo struggles to fight against pollution and corruption and to keep it’s community together. Filmed over 7 years, you watch a beautiful community of 700 completely disappear with it’s members scattered to who knows where, literally. Cinematography is beautiful as it’s original music. It’s amazing the filmmakers were able to gain the trust of these people, much less stumble upon this story which started out with wanting to film the phenomenon of lightning without thunder storms.

The journey is a bit long but interesting and one can only hope it’s picked up and seen by those who need to make or influence change. Very interesting film but not quite date night worthy unless you have a pot of coffee and are up for a discussion after.

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