Venezuela in Motion: Taita Boves

(Venezuela, 2010, 100 mins)
In Spanish
Classification: 18A


Jul 26 09:00 pm

The film chronicles a thirst for revenge that devastated a country. This is the true story of José Tomás Boves, a merciless man who became a legend during the Venezuelan War of Independence, the most violent in the Americas. He went from seafarer to pirate, horse smuggler to prosperous merchant, prisoner to military chief. Spanish by birth, Boves spearheaded a grassroots troop of slaves, mulattoes, Amerindians and mestizos that crushed Simón Bolívar and his patriot army. Respectfully called "Taita" by his people, he fought for the underprivileged and the poorest of the poor, and curtailed three centuries of order in this colonial region. The film is about his passions and power, his loves and misadventures, and a bloody saga that rocked Venezuela.

Preceded by the short film:

Night Announces Dawn (La Noche Anuncia la Aurora)

Director: Gerard Uzcátegui, Venezuela, 2012, 23 min.

Over the delta of the Catatumbo river, Venezuela, a palafito (pile dwelling) is home of a widow. She spends time on the water, navigating the streams of solitude. Reality intermingles with her thoughts, her dreams, her fears, desires and memories. One day, she decides to seek the unknown, briefly revealing the inner world of that mysterious being.