With Director Adriana Vila Guevara
Belén: Queen of the Quitiplá, master of this bamboo instrument’s sounds and silences. Belén was a cocoa farmer and musician from a small Afro-Venezuelan village who, unaware of her powers, became the main inspiration for her community and for people all over the American continent, during her life and after her death. Adriana Vila Guevara’s film is a trip into the puzzle of this woman’s life (and death), captured through more than 100 hours of found footage and expressed through the mirrored gestures of multiple points of view.
“The impossible portrait of a woman indifferent to her own extraordinariness becomes a collective venture between many friends and relatives of Belén María Palacios, La Reina del Quitiplá. The mixing gives their words a polyvocal aspect. The sound of the quitiplá, a rudimentary and little known instrument from Venezuela, preserves the efficiency and virtuosity of her performance. By unveiling the tricks of the shooting, by exposing the multiplicity of its sources, the film sheds light on its protagonist while sharing a collective tribute”. (Gilles Grand, Fid Marseille)
DOCUMENTARY, VENEZUELA, 2016
DIRECTED BY ADRIANA VILA GUEVARA
RUNNING TIME: 94 MINS