Pedro Ruiz (Venezuela)

Pedro Ruiz is a Venezuelan filmmaker and photojournalist based in Montreal to whom we owe Tropical Animal in Montreal (2007), a portrait of Cuban author Pedro Juan Gutiérrez. His film The Gentle Drifting of a Haitian Child (2009), which immerses us in writer Dany Laferrière’s unbridled imagination, won the Audience Award at the 2009 Montreal International Documentary Festival. In 2012, Pedro directed the documentary Philémon chante Habana, an intimate odyssey of singer and composer Philémon Cimon. With his latest work, Havana, from on High (2019), a dazzling and poetic journey into the world of Havana’s rooftop inhabitants, he won the Award for Best Cinematography at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards. Pedro holds a Degree in Social Communication from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

El canto del trueno — A boxer ruins his career by shooting a man. His circumstances and temperament convince him that his younger brother is responsible for his misfortune.