Set in the sprawling suburbs of Valencia, The Children of Las Brisas is a poetic and observational documentary capturing the struggle and transformation of a group of young musicians striving for a better life through classical music. Children of Las Brisas is a story of resistance, resilience and perseverance that explores the power of discipline and classical music as tools for survival. The documentary follows three Venezuelan children from the impoverished Las Brisas neighborhood, in their quest to become professional musicians in an autocratic regime.
“Children of Las Brisas is a remarkable film.” NACLA.ORG
“Excellent film about El Sistema” THE GUARDIAN
Sheffield International Documentary Festival, UK, Première – 2022
DOC NYC, USA, International Competition – 2022
FIFAC (Festival International du Documentaire Amazonie-Caraibes), French Guiana, Jury Price of Best Director – 2022
After graduating from the National Film & Television School in the U.K., Marianela wrote and directed fiction short films and was a screenwriter for animation and fiction projects, among them Peter and the Wolf and The Magic Piano. As a documentarian, she co-wrote Once Upon A Time in Venezuela and directed Children of Las Brisas.