"Abroad" is a documentary that tells the stories of five venezuelan emigrants. Leo moved to London to work as a full time musician. Edu also arrived at London, but the need to remain a legal immigrant, forced him to move to Croatia, a country and culture he barely knows. Claudia and Santiago got married and are preparing to move to the United States, Amalyn went to Tokyo to live out her dream of becoming a dancer and Melissa, in Australia, is struggling to raise her daughter with venezuelan values despite being so far away from her native country. During a year and a half they recorded their lives through small format cameras. This, along with a series of Skype interviews, builds a collective portrait that explores distance, identity and the day to day lives of venezuelans living abroad.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Johann Pérez Viera: Born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he graduated from social communications at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. In 2009, he graduated from a Master in social documentary at ESCAC, in Barcelona, Spain. Once he made this city his permanent residence, he developed El Veí (25’ 2011), coproduced with Parallel 40 for channel 33 of Televisió de Catalunya, a film that focuses on artist perception through the eyes of a very distinctive character from the streets of Barcelona. He has also directed the documentary shorts El Cinema Secret (2010) transmitted by Televisió de Catalunya, and Happy Day in Barcelona (2009) transmitted by Televisión Española and winner of the audience award at the International Gay Film Festival of Barcelona.
Pedro Camacho: Born in Venezuela, he graduated from social communications at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. In 2009 he moved to Buenos Aires to study a Master in documentary filmmaking at the Unviversidad Del Cine. That same year, his fictional short film titled Tarde para Perdonar was selected at the 31st annual Habana Film Festival, the 26th anual Cine Latino festival of Chicago and the 12th encounter of southamerican films of Marseille. From 2012 he served as assistant director and second camera to Alison Murray during the filming of her documentary Caprichosos de San Telmo about a group of street musicians from the streets of Buenos Aires. This documentary was premiered at the 36th anual Toronto International Film Festival.