Writer and filmmaker Juan Carlos González is seeking crowdfunding for his new documentary Apuntes para dejar de matarnos (Notes on How to Stop Killing Ourselves). In his own words:
Notes on how to stop killing ourselves is a documentary about Venezuela, one of the most violent countries in Latin America. More than 260,000 people have been murdered in the last 20 years; in 2010 alone more than 21,000 Venezuelans were killed.
The documentary will tell the story of the violent crime problem in Venezuela today: its causes, consequences, and how the situation manifests itself in people’s daily interactions with one another. But it will also show the efforts to build peace that have been undertaken by different parts of Venezuelan society—Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the Government, and above all, the people themselves—in order to halt the escalating violence.
With contributions from a diverse array of voices and opinions, this documentary aims to be a vehicle through which more people start to believe that in Venezuela we can live, and die, without killing ourselves.
Watch the trailer to find out more about the film:
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They must raise the full amount of money they are looking for – 5.535 euros – by 12 January, or they will lose all of the donations pledged so far, and the film will not be able to go ahead. Please visit www.verkami.com/projects/3834-apuntes-para-dejar-de-matarnos to offer your support.
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About Juan Carlos González
Born in Caracas (Venezuela) in 1980, he is a sociologist (Universidad Catolica Andres Bello. Caracas, 2003), documentary filmmaker and author. He also studied Communication (2007), Peace Journalism (2008) and Creative Documentaries (2009), all at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he has also taught as a visiting professor.He has worked professionally in the fields of social investigation, journalism, and multimedia productions for several NGOs in Venezuela, Spain, the Phillipines, and the Dominican Republic. As an author, his work has been recognized in various competitions in Spain and Venezuela: an honorable mention in the 6th Policlínica Metropolitana Short Story Prize for Young Writers (2012), finalist in the 3rd “Junto al Fogaril” short story prize (Huesca, 2010) and winner of the 15th “Meliano Peraile” short story prize (Madrid, 2008). As a documentary filmmaker he has worked for NGOs in six countries. His documentary Voices from Mindanao (2010) was selected for several film festivals and screenings in Spain.