CHILDREN OF LAS BRISAS (The)
Director(s): Marianela Maldonado – Writer(s): Marianela Maldonado, Jessica Wenzelman Contact Print page
In the words of the director:
“In 2009, in Las Brisas, a very dangerous part of my city, I met Edixon, Dissandra and Wuilly. They were part of one of the world’s most unique musical programmes, known as EL SISTEMA.
When I met them, these children and their families fascinated me. Their determination, their dreams…their hopes. What I never imagined is that I would accompany them for ten years, on a journey full of challenges as they reached for their musical dream… and that I would see through their eyes the total collapse of my country, Venezuela…”
The film follows 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. And Wuilly 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.
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...
TRAIlER ONLINE - please log on.