A La Calle is a firsthand account of the extraordinary efforts of ordinary Venezuelans to reclaim their democracy from the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, whose corrupt and brutal policies have plunged the country into economic ruin. Working with a network of clandestine camera crews, the filmmakers spent three years recording exclusive interviews with key opposition figures including Leopoldo López — whose arrest and imprisonment inspired a national movement — and grassroots activist Nixon Leal, as well as a host of everyday citizens. As acting interim President Juan Guaidó works to rally international opposition to the Maduro regime, the corrupt dictator and his allies tighten their hold over a nation already crippled by hyperinflation, blocking life-saving humanitarian aid and repressing dissent with politically motivated arrests, torture and killings. A La Calle captures the remarkable courage of the Venezuelan people as they unite to restore liberty to their country.
IMPACT PRODUCER BONNIE ABAUNZA
COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS MEMBER SCREENING & PANEL
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020 | 4PM EST | SEE RECORDED EVENT
MODERATOR: Marcia Biggs, Special Correspondent PBS NewsHour
Rebecca Bill Chavez, Phd, Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue and former Deputy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Leopoldo Lopez, Venezuelan Democratic Leader; Member of the Venezuelan Interim Government; Prisoner of Conscience according to Amnesty International; National Coordinator and Founder, Voluntad Popular
Nelson G. Navarrete, Co-Director/Producer
Maxx Caicedo, Co-Director/Producer
A LA CALLE | WHY WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT VENEZUELA
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2020 | 2PM EST | SEE RECORDED @ DOC NYC FACEBOOK
MODERATOR: Thom Powers, Artistic Director DOC NYC
Tamara Tarciuk-Broner, Acting Americas Deputy Director Human Rights Watch
Kate Mackintosh, Executive Director The Promise Institute for Human Rights (UCLA)
WHAT THOUGHT LEADERS ARE SAYING...
“It was very hard to convince the world that the situation was bad enough to pay attention.
A film like this one is so important as it allows us to reach different audiences.”
- Tamara Tarciuk-Broner, Acting Americas Deputy Director Human Rights Watch
“A La Calle captures the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis and the erosion of democracy in Venezuela, which doesn’t get near enough attention in the media. The storytelling is so powerful that even though I knew the tragic outcome at the various hopeful junctures, my heart broke all over again. The filmmakers put a human face on the Venezuela tragedy."
- Rebecca Bill Chavez, Ph.D, Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs
"A heart-rending portrayal of the courage and perseverance of everyday Venezuelans. A must-see film!"
- Paul J. Angelo, Phd, Fellow for Latin America Studies, David Rockefeller Studies Program, Council on Foreign Relations
“A courageous and beautiful film, which poignantly weaves together the stories of struggling everyday Venezuelans with a man leading a political movement from behind bars. The hope and the hunger of a people whose nation sits under the rubble of a dismantled democracy will break your heart.”
- Marcia Biggs, Special Correspondent PBS NewsHour, Member Council on Foreign Relations