Manifesto

The title of the script, Patria y Muerte (Fatherland and Death), is a direct reference to the Venezuelan government’s most famous and used slogan: Socialismo, Patria o Muerte (Socialism, Fatherland, or Death). We are appropriating the slogan, deconstructing it, and assembling back the reality laying behind political propaganda. It exists through the duality of the surroundings of Simon, wrecked by violence and abandonment, and the effect of it on his body, as his mind becomes deeply attached to the oppression that has come to define VZ. The narrative brutally drowns him, riots, torture chambers, masses trying to cross the border, trying to flee the world Simon had naively desired to belong to, culminating in the exposition of the essence of what it takes to survive, or just plainly live in a dictatorship: the suicide of the self. 

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Every shot and moment of the script is based on the testimonies of Venezuelans, in the unheard, unseen reality of the nation. It questions the behavior that permits this kind of regime, that of the Chavismo and Hombrismo, to take place, and to be maintained by the oppressed. After 7 years of interviews with Venezuelan members of the Resistance, doctors, teachers, and people, the work is a testament of what we are fighting to conserve, and the questioning of our nature, and our incapacity to detach our deteriorating psyche from the terror of political and social disturbance. Thus, the film declares the role of cinema in the 21st century to gaze back and respond, with a disturbance of its own. 

 

The film exists as an ugly love letter to our survival.