A production of Villa del Cine directed by Roman Chalbaud

Venezuela, mid of 19th century. Polarization between Liberals and Conservatives marked the political agenda. Colonial society inequities kept farmers and slaves under oligarchy’s yoke. Ezequiel Zamora, moved by deep freedom ideals, leads a battle trying to end with social inequities and to distribute lands fairly.

ZAMORA, FREE LANDS AND MEN, is a movie about a man that some tried to erase from history.

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Román Chalbaud has done movies and theater his entire life for people with social imagination, sense and sensibility. He has believed in people, who have inspired him for the characters of his plays. That’s why he treats people with respect. His prolific work reflects the Venezuelan society he has lived, all of them related with the time and place in which they are focused with Caracas metropolis and its poor neighborhoods; the development of the democracy in Venezuela from the beginning of the representative democracy until its decadence and the merging of the participatory democracy; always thinking in the benefit of the cultural development in his country. Chalbaud’s first full-length film Cain Adolescente (1959) was the screen version of his first theater play. He has directed more than 20 full-length films since then, such as: El pez que fuma (1977), Carmen la que contaba dieciséis años (1978), El cangrejo I and El cangrejo II (1982 and 1984), La oveja negra (1989), Pandemonium (1997) and El Caracazo (2005), among other.

Currently, it is being shown his last movie Zamora, produced by Fundación Villa del Cine. Zamora is an audiovisual proposal trying to rescue the history of Ezequiel Zamora, leader of the Federal War that took place in Venezuela in the 19th century.