The crisis of illusion

The crisis of illusion is a short documentary that attempts on giving an opportunity to Venezuelan people to express their feeling of exhaustion and the burden that represents treating mental issues in a country undergoing a humanitarian crisis, affected greatly by the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Camille Rodriguez Montilla
  • Aaron Cabrera
    Sound editing
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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  • Proyección Zona de Descarga
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    July 22, 2022
  • Proyección El Hatillo
    United States
    September 8, 2022
    North American Premiere
  • El Hatillo
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    October 8, 2022
Director Biography

Camille Rodriguez Montilla is a visual storyteller and video journalist born in Margarita Island, Venezuela in 1996.

She is passionate about human stories and focuses on gender, racism, culture and health.

In 2021 she was selected by the National Geographic Society as a Covid-19 Fund grantee, to produce a short documentary about depression and the rise of suicide rates during the pandemic in Venezuela.

Her work as a visual storyteller and writer has been published by the Associated Press, Agence France Presse, The Miami Herald, Al Jazeera, and others.

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Director Statement

This work is the closest to me as it helped me manage my own diagnosis of severe depression. This work helped me fall in love with journalism again and made me understand my strengths and weaknesses.