14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
Three impoverished children strive to become professional orchestra musicians in a country on the verge of collapse.
Director Marianela Maldonado meets three aspiring musicians in her hometown, Venezuela. The three teenagers, Edixon, Dissandra, and Wuilly, participate in the famous music education program, El Sistema, and live in the most dangerous sector of the city, Las Brisas. And ten years pass. During the period, the director follows the footsteps of three teenagers who attempt to achieve their dreams. However, the reality of Children of Las Brisas faces a huge hindrance, which is, Venezuela’s economic failure and political turmoil. The broken national system and the education program leading to ruins influence the three protagonists. Edixon enlists in the army to support his family, Dissandra parts the country to make a living as a musician but has a hard time making her place. Wuilly goes out to the demonstration with his violin to honor his colleague who has been sacrificed due to the brutal suppression of the movements Even though their lives did not lead to the lives of musicians but they continue to retain their love for music. If you should ask the role of art in a despairing society, can there be a better answer than this?
She directed several short fiction films, including The Look of Happiness(2002) and Breaking Out(2004), both premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. As a screenwriter, She wrote Unmade Beds(2009), The Flying Machine(2013) and The Magic Piano(2011).