NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Three children from the impoverished Venezuelan district of Las Brisas channel their pain and joy into music as part of a unique, government-sponsored orchestral music program, El Sistema. For ten years, as her native Venezuela gradually collapsed in the background, director Marianela Maldonado followed the students, developing an intimacy that gives their story so much heart. Uplifting, poignant, and filled with gorgeous classical music, this film is a testament to the power of music to change and enrich lives. – Karen McMullen

The first screening will be followed by a Q&A with Marianela Maldonado, Luisa De La Ville, cinematographer Robin Todd, editor Ricardo Acosta, subject Wully Arteaga

This film screens in Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 4.  Unfortunately, due to the venue’s last-minute mechanical issues beyond our control, there is no elevator or escalator access to this two auditorium. The theater is accessible by stairs. If you would prefer not to climb 37 steps to attend this event, please consider purchasing a ticket for an online screening instead. 


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Director: Marianela Maldonado
Executive Producer: Luisa De La Ville, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Sandie Viquez Pedlow
Producer: Luisa De La Ville; Co-Producer: Luc Martin Gousset, Andy Glynne
Cinematographer: Robin Todd
Editor: Ricardo Acosta (C.C.E.), Mike Magidson
Language: Spanish
Country: Venezuela, United States of America, France, United Kingdom
Year: 2022