"Women of the Venezuelan Chaos," a documentary directed by Margarita Cadenas, will open at Silverspot Cinema this Friday. The film examines the current suffering in Venezuela and has been making the rounds at film festivals throughout Europe.
On Tuesday, there was an advanced screening of the film along with a discussion panel with Cadenas, among others at Silverspot. She lives in France, but holds her home country of Venezuela close to her heart and said she created the film to showcase the turmoil that the country currently faces.
“Now there is real chaos — people die from malnutrition, lack of medicine and lack of food," Cadenas said. "We lost the democracy. We have a dictatorship, but people — they don’t really want to say it’s a dictatorship, but it’s true, it is. In a blink, a country can change because in history, 20 years is a blink. It’s nothing, and a country can be destroyed.”
The film follows five women in Venezuela as they attempt to survive the country’s harsh political and social climate. Coming from different backgrounds and of different ages, they convey the human emotion of living in Venezuela.
“That’s why the cinema is so powerful — when you go to a film and you are in the theater, you get the time to connect emotionally with these people,” Cadenas said. “You really feel how their daily life is, to really imagine. It’s not a picture, it’s not a reportage, it’s more connecting, it’s more emotional.”