CHILDREN OF LAS BRISAS (The)
Director(s): Marianela Maldonado – Writer(s): Marianela Maldonado, Jessica Wenzelman Contact Print page
Eight years in the making, the film follows the lives of four children as they strive to become classical musicians in Venezuela, a country on the brink of collapse. They come from Las Brisas, a chaotic and dangerous neighbourhood…their living conditions turn their musical dreams into an almost epic endeavour.
A small but significant change came to Las Brisas on the day that musician Luis Silva opened a new academy of “El Sistema” and canvased the neighbourhood to recruit potential children for the new school. Dissandra, a persevering nine year old, had recently lost two baby sisters when her grandmother signed her up to help alleviate her sorrow. Close by lives Edixon, who starts his musical journey reluctantly after his grandmother enrolled him to keep him off the streets. She has been raising him since his father was gunned down only a few blocks away. The father of talented 8 year old Yoel is passionately dedicated to seeing his son achieve a dream he couldn’t make for himself.
The three of them get promoted to a youth orchestra, where they meet Wuilly, the talented and peculiar concertino, who after being nearly imprisoned in a church for eight years by his fanatic parents, discovers and learns to play the violin by watching YouTube videos.
After years of hard work, the children make their first steps in the classical world, within the protective confines of an orchestra, when outside reality starkly clashes with their dreams. By 2014, the Chavista regime has lead the country into a phase of quick deterioration and the children start facing severe economic difficulties...
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