CHILDREN OF LAS BRISAS
Director(s): Marianela Maldonado – Writer(s): Marianela Maldonado, Jessica Wenzelman Contact Print page
Valencia, Venezuela. In 2009 in Las Brisas, a poor and very dangerous part of the city, the film’s director Marianela Maldonado met three young children: Edixon, Dissandra and Wuilly. They were part of one of the world’s most unique musical programmes, known as EL SISTEMA.
Marianela was fascinated by the youngsters and their families, by their sheer determination, their dreams and their hopes. She never imagined, though, that she would accompany them for ten years on a journey full of challenges as they reached for their musical dream… and that she would see, through their eyes, the total collapse of her country, Venezuela.
This is the story of the lives of three children as they strive to become classical musicians in a country on the brink of collapse. Their living conditions turn their musical dreams into an almost epic endeavour…
Dissandra, a persevering nine year old, had lost two baby sisters when her grandmother signed her up to El Sistema to help alleviate her sorrow. Close by lives Edixon, raised by his grandmother since his father was gunned down only a few blocks away. She enrolled him to keep him off the streets. Edixon dreams of becoming a conductor like Gustavo Dudamel, also an El Sistema alumni (who has just been appointed musical director of the Paris Opera).
And finally, Wuilly who, after being nearly imprisoned in a church for eight years by his fanatic parents, discovers the violin and learns to play by watching YouTube videos.
By 2014, the Chavista regime had lead the country into a phase of total deterioration and the children are hit by severe economic difficulties and each one has to make tough choices...
The film will be completed by mid-Nov. 2021.