During this exhibition held at the Bolivar Hall, different films from the Latin American country will be shown. In addition, there will be sessions to discuss aspects of the different nations of the continent that make up the ALBA. All this will happen over several events that will take place from May to July in London.
Juanjo Andrés Cuervo
To begin with, the event will illustrate the catalogued “Golden Age” of Venezuelan cinema, which took place in the 70’s and 80’s. All this will be shown through cinematographic productions dating from those eras.
During this period, the Latin American nation underwent diverse changes in the structure of the country.
Initially, the country experienced an increase in profits in the mid-1970s. In fact, it succeeded in tripling the nation’s budget.
However, domestic problems and global trends forced Venezuela into an economic crisis.
And despite the change of government following the elections in 1978, the situation did not improve, but it was discovered that the country’s debt had increased.
Taking into account that from 1950 to 1966 the literacy rate reduced from 49% to less than 20%, the economic fiasco was a huge blow to the development of Venezuela.
From the perspective of this political landscape, on May 9 “Oriana” will be exhibited, the story of Maria, a Venezuelan woman who returns to her country from France when she discovers that her aunt has passed away.
There Maria discovers that in her aunt’s will she has been left the land where she spent her childhood. Upon returning to this property, she discovers secrets of her aunt, Oriana, and the reason why she never left this property. In addition, there will be a question and answer session with the director of the film, Fina Torres.
One month later, specifically on June 13, “The Smoking Fish” will be screened, directed by Roman Chalbaud. In this production, the protagonist is a young man who is released from jail and arrives at a brothel. From then on, he is hired as a maintenance person, but manages to get promoted to administrator. Overall, the story is about the changes in hierarchy in the brothel over time, in which each manager loses their job.
Both films will be screened at Kennington’s “The Cinema Museum.” There will also be live music and food from Venezuela.
History and ALBA
Apart from the film program, a series of seminars will be held in May to discuss issues related to the development of Latin America. This event will be attended by experts in different aspects of the continent.
In this way, the role of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, ALBA, will be celebrated.
This international organisation was founded in 2004 by different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and seeks to combat poverty and social exclusion with leftist doctrines.
In addition, several ambassadors of this institution have invited a speaker to talk about different historical situations.
Moreover, during the month of June, a tribute will be held for the centenary of the death of Teresa Carreño, a Venezuelan pianist. For this commemoration, her compatriot, Clara Rodriguez, will organise a concert on June 10. Just 3 days later, there will be a musical event featuring pianist Kristiana Smilovska, a student at the Royal College of Music and winner of the Teresa Carreño Award in 2016.