La reina del pueblo
The Queen of the People

Juan Andrés Bello

Venezuela, Documentary, 2010
65 min, DigiBeta, Color/Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles


The first time Venezuelans went to vote, they did so in order to choose a beauty queen. In 1944, Caracas hosted the 7th Baseball Amateur World Series and the organizers decided the beauty queen of the event would be elected via popular vote. As the campaign begins, the country is divided into two factions. On one side, there are the supporters of Oly Clemente, the daughter of the President's secretary; on the other, those of Yolanda Leal, a school-teacher from a poor neighborhood in Caracas. The country was going through a transition to democracy and the newly formed political organizations understood this as a means to promote their ideas. It was an opportunity to test if the citizens were ready to choose who was going to govern.


US Premiere


Juan_Andres_Bello_webJuan Andrés Bello, born in Venezuela in 1970, is a director and producer dedicated to Latin American history, culture and art topics. Director of the award-winning El Cerrito, Bello has also participated in projects for A&E and The Biography Channel.






Producer: Constanza Burucua
Production Companies: Producciones Triana
Screenwriter: Juan Andrés Bello
Cinematographer: Enrique Blein
Editor: Juan Andrés Bello
Sound Design: Setfano Gramitto
Music: Varios Authors
Cast: Yolanda Leal, Olga Risquez, Nelly Blanco Yepes
Print Source: Constanza Burucua - Producciones Triana, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


La reina del pueblo (The Queen of the People)


Mexican American Cultural Center
Fri. April 22 1:00 PM