“Having a brother imprisoned, an unprecedented situation in my family, was an exercise of empathy with the troubled, not only my brother, but the others. It was about being with them, about imagining the situation they lived, their day to day under miserable conditions.”
Garcerant, a native of Venezuela, living in Dubai, felt motivated to share her brother’s story with the world, through filmmaking.
“The fun part of making a film also motivated me: to work with people interested and passionate about cinema makes the whole process something to remember. I had the support of Image Nation in Abu Dhabi and an incredible team of tutors, crew, volunteers, family and friends. Greg Unrau made possible the production and preparations of the technical aspects of the production, from the idea to the building of the set; Nezar Andari for showing me a lot of options that ended in the original idea of the film; Tom Roberts for his insights and ideas and Alicia González for supporting us during the whole process with genuine interest and dedication for the project. My family was unconditional, providing me with the information, material and any request I had regarding the situation lived by my brother or any interview needed. And last but not least, my husband and children are the stars in the film, requiring a lot of patient during the whole process.”
The dictatorship in Venezuela has made the country a very dangerous place to live.
“Justice, education, health, food, security, jobs, services: you name it and there is a lack of those aspects in Venezuela, all created by the most criminal government ever. In this environment, the chances for having a situation like my brother’s increases dramatically. I would like for the audience to know about the migratory crisis coming from Venezuela and that is affecting the other countries around and even United States and some countries in Europe. Not only the crisis itself but also the revolutionary ideas of the movement called “socialism of the XXI century” coming from the dictatorship government in Venezuela are spreading around the world making it a worse place for all. ‘Make a film, change the world’ sounds like the perfect place for ‘In the Shadows‘.”
Themes: Dictatorship, Injustice, Filmmaking