-Children of Las Brisas

Fri 02 December 2022
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price £6

Director: Marianela Maldonado (Venezuela, United States, United Kingdom, 2022, F-Rated)
Certification: 15 Recommended  | 1 h 37  min |Documentary | Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Children of Las Brisas is a story of resistance, resilience and perseverance that explores the power of discipline and classical music as tools for survival.  The documentary follows three Venezuelan children from the impoverished Las Brisas neighborhood, in their quest to become professional musicians within the ranks of “El Sistema” music program. 

Throughout a decade, Edixon, Dissandra and Wuilly try to achieve a better future as they face the great challenges of the country’s dire situation.  The Venezuelan crisis makes it impossible for them to accomplish their dreams and in their struggle, they represent a society taken over by an autocratic regime.

The world premiere of Children of Las Brisas was in June 2022 at the Sheffield DocFest, in England. This summer the film was presented at the Bertha DocHouse in central London and it is screened for the first time in the South West at FilmBath Festival. Now is coming to Trowbridge, at the time it premiered in the USA at the prestigious DOC NYC, continuing its journey around international film festivals. 

★★★★ “Her film manages the rare feat of combining the intimate and the panoramic… ”  –  The Guardian 

We are delighted to welcome three local, young musicians who have been learning violin and viola from an early age and will be performing a few classic pieces from 7.15 pm welcoming members of the audience. Thanks to Sue Lord and the team at Wiltshire Rural Music for making it possible!

About the Young Wiltshire Musicians:

Sophie has been playing the violin since she was 6, tutored by Sue Lord. Her inspiration is watching people like Sam Sweeney (in the band Bellowhead), Nancy Kerr, and other musicians on the English Folk scene.  She plays, sings and dances with the National Youth Folk Troupe of England, and also plays with the Bath based multigenerational “Ramshackle Orchestra”.

Flo began learning the violin at primary school when she was 7 then after changing tutor to Sue Lord, she changed to the viola. Flo loves classical music and plays in 3 youth orchestras and is hoping to pursue her love of classical music by taking music A-level in September.

Harriet began learning the violin when she was 7 too after watching her sister Flo playing and wanted to give it a try. Harriet enjoys all styles of music and also plays with her sister and Sophie in a youth orchestra.

+ Recorded Director’s introduction and a small traditional seasonal snack!

With support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.

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