El pueblo soy yo: Venezuela en populismo / I Am the People: Venezuela Under Populism

A film by Carlos Oteyza

This film was screened as a part of the 2019 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF22)

This feature was preceded by the short film Bolas Criollas (Creole Balls)


El pueblo soy yo- Venezuela en populismo


Venezuela/Mexico, Documentary/Historical/Political, 2018
87 min, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

The country that once had the highest economic growth in the world is now a benchmark of collapse and misery. EL PUEBLO SOY YO: VENEZUELA EN POPULISMO sets out to expose the skillful mechanisms of authoritarian power in the government initiated by Hugo Chávez and continued by Nicolás Maduro. In a world increasingly less transparent, where the shortcut of populism lurks to endanger democracies, EL PUEBLO SOY YO compels us to ask ourselves if any society, however stable, can be considered invulnerable to a populist irruption and its consequences.

Regional Premiere


Carlos OteyzaBorn in Caracas, Venezuela (1951), Carlos Oteyza holds an MA in History from University of Paris 7, France. Upon returning to Venezuela, he began making documentaries, centered on his interest and concern for his country’s history and development. His works of fiction also explore Venezuelan themes and landscapes.



Producer: Enrique Krauze
Production Companies: Producciones Eugenia
Screenwriter: Carlos Oteyza
Cinematographer: Branimir Caleta, Marcelo Castillo
Editor: Israel García, Charles Ocando
Sound Design: Orlando Andersen
Music: Álvaro Cordero

Print Source: Lorena González Di Totto,