Disney’s animated movie “Up!”, featuring the striking landscapes of southeastern Venezuela, has opened in many theaters around the U.S. In an interview to the Associated Press, the film’s director and story supervisor discussed the trip they took to Angel Falls and the tepuis (a table-top mountain) of Venezuela and Brazil during the making of the film. They described it as “the most magnificent trip that most of us would take in our lifetime” and called on tourists to be “respectful of the locations” and not “ruin them ’cause they are really beautiful places.” Watch the trailer featuring Angel Falls below.
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Well, looks like Venezuela has done what many consumer advocacy groups and medical experts have been hoping the US would do for some time.
One of the many diet soft drinks known to contain potentially carcinogenic ingredients like aspartame and acesulfame potassium has been taken off of Venezuelan store shelves and will no longer be available for purchase. It’s a start health experts say.
Yesterday, the Venezuelan Health Ministry made the announcement that “Coke Zero” would not be sold while health authorities investigate its ingredients for potentially unsafe substances.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Society & Politics, tagged cell phone, Chavez, China, economy, gadgets, latin america, news, politics, tech, Technology, telecommunications, venezuela, vergatario on May 11, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Venezuelans can now buy cell phones for the equivalent of just US $13.95, thanks to a new state-run company that put its first 5,000 units on the market yesterday in Caracas.
Eager shoppers snapped up the first bunch, and the AP reports that another 5,000 will be in stores soon.
The tiny phone, dubbed “El Vergatario,” is equipped with a camera, radio, and mp3 player.
The firm that makes them, a joint venture by the governments of Venezuela and China, is known as Vetelca. This is not an isolated effort, but rather, part of a broader plan to promote affordable technology (you may recall the “Bolivarian Computer,” and the adoption of open-source Linux operating systems).
“El Vergatario” is only sold on the domestic market right now, but depending on its success, it could eventually become an export. And because it is literally the cheapest cell phone in the world, it is likely to be quite competitive.
Posted in Arts & Culture, tagged Alo Presidente, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Better than Heavy, Britain, British music, caracas, culture, Damian Marley, free music, Hugo Chavez, Jamaica, Mongrel, music, Poisonous Poets, reggae, Reverend and the Makers, United Kindgdom, venezuela, venezuelan music on April 16, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Comprised of members from several bands, including Reverend & the Makers, Poisonous Poets, Arctic Monkeys, and Babyshambles, Mongrel is set to put some Venezuelan flavor in their tunes.
This month they’ll travel to Venezuela to launch a musical program and give a free show.
Mongrel is dedicated to sharing music and will give away thousands of CDs when they arrive in Caracas later this month. 400,000 copies of their last album “Better than Heavy” were distributed for free throughout Britain.
They’ll also make an appearance on the President Chavez’s weekly television show Aló Presidente. Plans are in the works to do a new album based on Jamaican reggae and Venezuela folk music, hopefully featuring Damian Marley.
Watch this video of their song “The Menace”.
Posted in Arts & Culture, tagged brazil, cinema, conservation, David Hernández-Palmar, documentary, entertainment, environment, film, film festival, Indigenous, indigenous communities in venezuela, Owners of the water, rio das mortes, venezuela, water, Wayuu, xavante on March 26, 2009| Leave a Comment »
David Hernández-Palmar, a young Venezuelan man from the Wayuu Indigenous community, will be in New York City this Saturday to help present a documentary at the 30th Annual Native American Film and Video Festival.
“Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration over Rivers” was created by Hernández-Palmar together with Caimi Waiassé (a Brazilian Xavante man) and U.S. Anthropologist Laura R. Graham. It chronicles an international campaign to protect Rio das Mortes River Basin in Brazil, a vital resource for the Xavante community that was threatened by soya production and related deforestation. The Xavante blocked a national highway to demand the protection of the basin.
To help tell the story of the Xavante’s struggle, Venezuela’s David Hernández-Palmar lent his talents as an up-and-coming documentarian. For more information about this and other films at the Native American Film and Video Festival, click here.
Posted in Arts & Culture, tagged Agostino Codazzi, caracas, Colonia Tovar, culture, documentaries, entertainment, George Walker Torres, Maria and the new world, Maria y el nuevo mundo, movies, news, tourism, Travel, venezuela, venezuelan directors, Venezuelan film, Venezuelan movies on March 16, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Debuting soon is a new documentary about Colonia Tovar, the German settlement that lies just 60 kilometers outside of Caracas, but is culturally much further removed. The community, a small but well-touristed village of perhaps 6,000 people, was founded in 1840 by the intrepid Italian geographer Agostino Codazzi.
Colonia Tovar provides the setting for “María y el nuevo mundo” (Maria and the New World), the first full-length film from Venezuelan director George Walker Torres. It tells the story of a middle-aged woman who struggles to survive on a garbage dump and dreams of being reunited with her daughter. A parallel is drawn between her search to create a better life and that of the initial founders of the town.
The documentary is promoted by Venezuela’s National Film Board, or Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía (CNAC). Read more in Spanish. Check back here to watch the trailer once it’s available.