A musical journey through Venezuela told from the point of view of four folkloric instruments. We highlight different regions, their music, and their people and how some musicians that have left the country are making their mark on world stages.
Rennea Josefina CouttenyeDirector
Runtime:1 hour 30 minutes 52 seconds
Completion Date:July 15, 2021
Production Budget:350 USD
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
12 EntertainmetDistributorCountry: ItalyRights: All Rights
Rennea is a Venezuelan musician, writer, designer who's become a filmmaker. Since 2017 she's added producing and directing to her practice out of a visceral need to go deeper into her roots by researching and documenting the rich culture of her motherland, Venezuela.
Her passion lies in finding connections and questioning the relation of humankind and music: Why do you make music? How does music affect the people who play it or those who listen? How does it move, unite, and bind communities? She is exploring the subject. In Venezuela, music is a natural part of people's daily lives, and she noticed that here in the US, we have lost much of that. Can we bring back the power of music to the people?
Rennea performs nationally and internationally in venues such as Brava Theater, De Young Museum, San José Performing Arts, with greats such as Aquiles Baez, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Orestes Vilató, John Calloway, to name a few.
She looks forward to traveling with her film and performing live when she does festival rounds.
“When a young woman is missing her basic needs,
her song is a call for help;
when villagers are celebrating the goodness of the earth,
drumming will exalt the gods and thank the saints;
when a child passes before its time,
a chorus of mourners will bring everyone together.
when people get together, they don’t need a reason to do it,
they bring their instrument and play.
If you are alive, you make music!”