Venezuela: Country of Lost Children

Corruption and mismanagement has turned Venezuela into a failed state. Over six million people have fled in recent years. Around one million children were left behind by their parents. This remarkable film follows two single mothers and their children over several months as they do what it takes to survive.

In the barrio Santa Rosa de Agua, health care has collapsed and children are dying from hunger. Carolina has set up a foundation to help feed them. But the barrio is so violent, she’s had to send her own daughter, Victoria, to a children’s home. The home is an oasis in the midst of violence and deprivation but many of the children, who haven’t seen their parents for years, are traumatised. They struggle with feelings of rejection.

Most people in the barrio survive by violence, prostitution, begging. “I’ve had to do lots of things for my kids,” confides Kiara. “Selling drugs, stealing, prostituting myself. Everything a woman can do for her children”. Her eldest son, Yorbenis, 14, has already joined a gang and is on the verge of his first kill. 

Desperate, Kiara decides to leave the country for Colombia. She takes her small children with her while Yorbenis’ remains behind. Now she’s terri!ed that he will be murdered in her absence. She knows he is being hunted by rival gangs, as well as the police….


  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 90 & 52 mins
  • Production: Dreamer Joint Venture
  • Director: Juan Camilo Cruz & Marc Wiese
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA, GER
  • Country of production: Germany


  • Bronze Millenium Best Film On Human Rights Award at Millenium Festival 2024 (Belgium), VFF Documentary Film Production Award awarded to Oliver Stoltz at DOK.Fest Munich 2024 (Germany), FIPADOC 2024 - International Competition (France), One World International Human Rights Film Festival 2024 (Czech Republic), One World Brussels 2024 (Belgium)