Documentary Violeta Exists will be presented free of charge in Plaza Yungay

The documentary Violeta Exists, an original idea of Javiera and Ángel Parra Orrego, will be screened for free and to all public on Plaza Yungay on Wednesday, December 14 at 20:45 hrs.

For the first time in Latin America, The Whickers, a British organization that supports debut films, will award a documentary of the region with £3,000.

Conecta is a space dedicated to promoting the commercialization and distribution of Chilean and Latin American projects and connecting them with the world.

There will also be open panels about documentary filmmaking.

Next Wednesday, December 14, at 20:45 hrs, the historical Plaza Yungay will become an open cinema for the entire community, in which the documentary Violeta Exists, directed by Rodrigo Avilés and awarded in 2021 at the In-Edit Festival, will be screened. The film registers the siblings Javiera and Ángel Parra Orrego -plus other national musicians- while re-recording the emblematic album Las Últimas Composiciones de Violeta Parra (The Last Compositions of Violeta Parra). The activity is free and does not require registration.
«This is a moving documentary to understand Violeta and pass on the message that we all can play and sing her pieces, and it is also a farewell to my dad,» says Javiera Parra about her experience with the documentary.

This public event will be part of the initiatives programmed for the seventh edition of Conecta, the Meeting of the International Documentary Film Industry for Latin American filmmakers and producers, bringing together notable international guests. It will be held from the 12th to the 16th of December in three venues in Barrio Yungay, receiving more than 52 projects from 11 countries such as Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brasil, Chile, and more than 40 industry agents from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America.

In an unprecedented way, The Whickers Pitching will be held for the first time, awarding a £3,000 prize to a debut feature film by a Latin American filmmaker. Jane Mote, the editorial consultant of The Whickers, points out: «We are thrilled to launch this new grant in association with CCDoc, which will allow emerging documentalists of all the region to get the support in an early stage of their projects. We have always admired the range of selected filmmakers in the annual event Conecta, and we hope to be part of it during the next years and that our presence generates even more diversity of projects.»

This activity will be held on Thursday, December 15, at 15:30 at the Chapel of the Gabriela Mistral Education Museum (Metro Quinta Normal), and will be open to the public. Diego Pino, Executive director of CCDoc, adds: «Our efforts as Conecta have been to support Latin American emerging filmmakers strongly. The alliance with The Whickers arrives at a key moment since, in the continent, the supports for films in early development stages are limited, and there are more and more new talents. But on the other hand, we need to meet with the community, even though this is a specific meeting industry. That is why we will have this free, open-air movie screening at Plaza Yungay, with the film Violeta exists, and everyone will also be able to watch four instances virtually through CCDoc’s networks».

In addition, there will be four virtual open panels on documentary filmmaking and audience development, which will be broadcasted from Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 on CCDoc’s YouTube and Facebook channels, with simultaneous translation through Zoom Webinar. These are: The Challenges of Post-Pandemic Audiences with Erika Dilday from POV – American Documentary and Keoni Kailimai from Storyville; Who’s buying documentary films nowadays? with Diana Karklin from Rise and Shine and Claudia Rodríguez from Preciosa Media; and Mental Health in the Documentary Film Industry with Rebecca Day from Film in Mind.

Conecta is organized by the Chilean Corporation of Documentary CCDoc and financed by the Ministry of Cultures, Artes, and Heritage and the Support Program for Cultural Organizations of the same institution. It has the support and collaboration of various international and Chilean organizations, including ProChile. For more information about the event, visit the website www.chileconecta.cl and CCDoc’s social networks.