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Springtime is here ... and thank goodness because it was beginning to feel like an endless winter. Chaos has been looming. Nowhere is this more true than in Venezuela. We received this message from Rennea Couttenye, Venezuelan musician and filmmaker, who is there now, deep in the trenches of the conflict:
" We are in very dire situation here. We had a national blackout and after 6 days with no electricity yesterday it was finally retired. In my home, there is no water and our tank is deleting fast so we don't take showers and do our best to conserve ... we don't know how long it will be. In the meantime, Maurizio and I continue as musicians on the Titanic ... fueled by our inexhaustible optimism, we are still filming ... Venezuela is an inspiration to us."
It is troubling to hear that kind of news from our friends. Notes like theses are heavy, though there is a spin at the end there. Without discounting the reality of it all. It's important to realize that within all the chaos, there are also many heroes who breath light and magic into otherwise hopeless situations.
On April 11th, Rennea and fellow musician Jacqueline Rago, will be guiding us on a harmonious journey of their beloved homeland. You'll enjoy songs that represent its musical richness and you'll hear the stories of people that keep shining. Along with the music, filmmaker Maurizio Gigola will join in sharing an immersive peak of "Extraordinary Venezuelans," a new film that illuminates a hopeful vision of magic through music and arts on the silver screen.