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The Venezuelan Film Festival “See Who We Are” has successful first week

The Venezuelan Film  Festival “See Who We Are” has successful first week
Venezuelan Ambassador Francisco Perez, Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar, Superintendent of Prisons Brenton Charles

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More than 780 persons in St Vincent and the Grenadines have enjoyed the first week of the second edition of the Venezuelan Film Festival “See Who We Are” that is being held from November 4 to 16.

The festival organized by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation “Hugo Chávez Frías” has seen attendance from students of the 4th and 5th grades of the CW Prescott Primary and the Kingstown Preparatory School who viewed the premiere of the animated film “Mission H2O” winner of the award for best film at the Festicine Kids in Cartagena, Colombia; a film which promotes the care of planet Earth through the conscious use of water.

This second edition saw the Venezuelan Film Festival taken for the first time to prisoners at the Belle Isle Correctional Facility, where almost 150 inmates participated in the premiere of the documentary “Haiti: The Hidden Face” of the Venezuelan film director, Wilmer Pérez Figuera.

The head of the Venezuelan Mission, Francisco Pérez Santana speaking ahead of the premiere of the film at Belle Isle, explained that since the arrival of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the percentage of film productions increased, achieving great international recognition. He pointed out that the transmission of this documentary at the “Belle Isle Correctional facility” was done“because we believe that these spaces are necessary for the exchange of ideas and conceptions about the Caribbean. In addition, this is a way to build common projects that allow us to combat the blockades by working and creating … Prisons are spaces that must be humanized from a revolutionary culture.”

Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, Industry, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural Transformation of St Vincent and the Grenadines thanked the Venezuelan Government and people on behalf of the Vincentian Government for “bringing the true history of Haiti to Vincentians and thus reminding us where the peoples of the Caribbean come from.”

Superintendent of Prisons, Brenton Charles also expressed his gratitude for the initiative “that brings entertainment and educational material for our inmates.” He asked the head of the Venezuelan mission to continue carrying out this type of activity at least twice a month for the incarcerated, adding that not very often are they taken into account for this type of event.

The festival will continue on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm, when Vincentians are invited to view the movie “Azu, Soul of Princess”, free of charge.

It is set in the year 1780 and a group of slaves flee a sugar cane plantation. They are pursued by Don Manuel Aguirre, obsessed landowner who has fixed his eyes on Azu, the beautiful slave with an ancestral destiny. Action, mysticism and the struggle for identity unite in this feminine story covered by the magic and the jungle thicket.

And for children, the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation (VICC) will screen the first Venezuelan animated film “Mission H2O” on Saturday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Directed by Alvaro Cáceres, winner of the award for best film at the Festicine Kids in Cartagena, Colombia; which aims to promote the care of the earth through the conscious use of water. Mission H2O recounts the journey of Samuel, a boy who, along with a group of friends, rushes to save the planet from the threat of aliens who stole the water from his city, Buenaventura.

The screening of these films is free of charge and will take place at the Simón Bolívar auditorium of the VICC, located on the second floor of the Venezuelan Embassy, at Sutherland’s Building, Murray’s Rd, in Kingstown; with a capacity for 50 people.

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