Venezuelans flock to political doc

'Times of Dictatorship' reaches 157,000 admissions

A local political docu is breaking box office records in Venezuela.

Carlos Oteyza’s “Tiempos de dictadura” (Times of Dictatorship) has racked up $1.4 million from 157,000 admissions on 17 prints, more than double the admissions of last year’s hit docu “Dudamel, el sonido de los ninos” (Let the Children Play) about celebrated Venezuelan-born L.A. Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel and his commitment to music education, which went out on 40 prints.

Venezuela has a total of 430 screens, mainly in the capital of Caracas.

“Tiempos” examines the tumultuous times under dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez during the 1950s.

“Venezuelans have discovered a dramatic part of their past, and have the chance to compare it with the current, not dissimilar, political climate of the present,” says Oteyza, who says the docu has appeal to all age groups.

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