Naples, Florida (March 20, 2018) – Acclaimed documentary, Women of the Venezuelan Chaos, will open on Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception and screening at Silverspot Cinema, 9118 Strada Place at the Mercado. Following the film, French-Venezuelan director, Margarita Cadenas, will discuss the intense crisis in Venezuela and the process by which she discreetly made the film. Joining her will be four local experts for a panel discussion, followed by Q&As.
The film follows five Venezuelan women, from different backgrounds and generations, capturing a portrait of their collapsing country which possibly faces the worst social, economic and political crisis in its 200-year-history. Their daily lives testify to the urgency of the chaotic situation and highlight the difficulties of medicine and food shortages, the plight of political prisoners, widespread injustice and rampant criminality.
The post-screening panel discussion will be led by David J. Myers (Ph.D. UCLA) Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Penn State University and senior partner in NISOTEC, a consulting enterprise that has polled throughout Latin America and in the United States. Panelists will include Veronica Culbertson, President & CEO of the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Elaine Soffer, President, Women’s Cultural Alliance, Jewish Federation of Collier County; and Arturo Correa, Venezuelan-American artist.
“Venezuela has become weak, devastated, shattered and violent in the hands of rising criminality and destroyed institutions, in a military state ruled by the concentration of power by a man who has turned the population into undignified beggars,” said Cadenas, who was recently invited to show the film to the European Parliament in Brussels on April 24. “Thankfully, the international community is waking up to the ampler of the situation.”
“With the rashly and now delayed presidential elections in Venezuela, it is time to get the word out on the humanitarian crisis in the nation and get some real attention to Americans in this case in creative manner. The elections were initially scheduled for April 22 and have been delayed to May 20,” said Randi Emerman, Vice President of Programming, Silverspot Cinema. “The timing could not be better. The importance of this evening and bringing this group together to discuss not only the political upheaval in Venezuela, but also how the use of film can help convey issues in our world through storytelling.”
The film has received international acclaim and accolades at such festivals as the International Film Festival of Amiens in France, Movies that Matter Film Festival in the Netherlands, Dox Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Switzerland, the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague.
Tickets are $25 per person, available at www.silverspot.net, to include a wine and cheese reception, screening of the film and post-event panel discussion.
Margarita Cadenas is a French-Venezuelan writer, director and producer based in Paris. Before becoming a director, Cadenas produced numerous French commercials around the world and worked as a co-writer and producer for French Television. Since 2006 she has worked as a filmmaker of documentaries and long feature films, including: as the co-producer and co-screenwriter of "The Family-Dementia" and as the director, writer and producer of "Masks/Mascaras", "Macondo", "Beyond Appearances" and "Cenizas Eternas-Eternal Ashes" which was screened worldwide and received numerous international recognitions. She studied Social Communication at the Catholic University "Andrés Bello" in Venezuela and Production and Direction in London at the BBC.
Women of the Venezuelan Chaos opens in Chapel Hill/Raleigh, North Carolina, Naples/Ft. Myers, Florida and Fort Lauderdale/Coconut Creek, Florida, on Friday, April 13. For tickets, visit www.silverspot.net