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Chronicle of a Final

The morning of Sunday December 17th, 2000 no Venezuelan imagined that later would produce one of the scariest episodes of violence linked to their country sport. While the world was alerted by the "mad cow" disease, citizens of Tachira awaited their own celebration: the victory of their soccer team in the final of the Copa República Bolivariana de Venezuela. But the postgame is the opposite of what is desired, because the result between Deportivo Táchira and Caracas sparked clashes between fans, players and police.

"Chronicle of a Final" narrates the dramatic event through some of its protagonists, while opening the door to reflection on violence in stadiums and the complexity of its causes and treatment. The testimonies also reveal differences between people of the capital and the provinces, which are manifested in the stands.

The clashes in the stands and football fields are a living history, cooling in remembrance of events like the one we saw in the Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo stadium. Among other characters, soccer players Alexander Rondón and Juan García, and coaches Carlos Maldonado and Carlos Moreno relive that day, as argued answers to the question: how to prevent violence in Venezuelan soccer?

  • Gustavo Contreras León
  • Gustavo Contreras León
  • Gustavo Contreras León
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Crónica de una Final
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    Documentary, sports, Short
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 19, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Director Biography - Gustavo Contreras León

Gustavo is a venezuelan journalist with a Documentary Journalism masters degree in Buenos Aires , Argentina . He has worked as editor of the newspaper La Nación, columnist and contributor to several websites . He directed the short films "Dermis Tatú", " Lucía " and "Las ciudades que somos" ; and he co-directed the documentaries "Turros" and "Memoria" . During 2013 he worked as screenwriter , cameraman and editor of the TV show "Táchira, Turismo en Potencia". In 2014 he joined the official Press Department of the Deportivo Táchira Football Club , where he was commissioned to produce all club audiovisual material . Currently he lives in Argentina.

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