CHILDREN OF LAS BRISAS (The)
Director(s): Marianela Maldonado – Writer(s): Marianela Maldonado, Jessica Wenzelman Contact Print page
Las Brisas is a chaotic and dangerous neighbourhood in the overpopulated slums of Valencia, Venezuela. A small but significant change came the day that musician Luis Silva opened a new academy of El Sistema.
Canvasing the neighbourhood, Luis recruits 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. Edixon and Dissandra study with Yoel, a talented 8 year old whose father is passionately dedicated to seeing his son achieve a dream he couldn’t make for himself.
As the children grow, they 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 begin to feel they may be able to overcome poverty and leave the barrio, along with their families. Some of them are invited to perform in the Salzburg Classical Music Festival with the renowned conductor Simon Rattle.
All seems well within the confines of the orchestras, but outside reality starkly clashes with the idealism of art and dreams. By 2014, the Chavista regime has lead the country into a phase of quick deterioration and the children start facing severe economic difficulties. As pressure mounts, some parents begin to question the importance of pursuing the musical dream...
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