La Tumba / The Tomb

The Tomb brings you inside the SEBIN torture chambers deep beneath Plaza Venezuela. Here, director Maru Morón explains how the short came into being.


The idea for The Tomb was born when I read Cinco Sótanos Contra el Sol, by Leonardo Padrón. The piece set something off inside of me. His reportage moved something so deep inside of me that doing nothing became unthinkable. From then on, it became my mission to win over every single person who could help me produce this short film. And I did it.

This project was an act of faith. We can’t stay silent about the Human Rights abuses taking place in Venezuela. We need to start to tell our own contemporary history. We can’t forget that three people who never should have spent a minute inside a jail are still living five levels under Plaza Venezuela.

We shot the film in three days, in Mexico City, with a crew made up of Venezuelans and Mexicans who volunteered their work. Nearly everyone involved in the short used an alias in the credits for fear of reprisals. I need to say a word of gratitude to EFD, Accion Politik, Sebastian Arrechedera, Social Content, and two other friends thanks to whose selfless support we were able to top up the money we crowdfunded to produce La Tumba.

Since the film came out, yesterday, we’ve been subjected to attacks on YouTube and Facebook. The film has disappeared from websites, embeds have stopped working, and it doesn’t turn up on searches despite having over 100,000 views. That just means we’ve hit a nerve. We want to ask everyone to download it, and upload it on their own pages.

Lately, I’ve been turning over an African proverb in my head: “if you think you’re too small to do something important, try to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

For Venezuela’s powerful, the room is filling up with mosquitos.


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  1. María Eugenia párate pa abrazate!. That video was awesome in so many levels. I’m sharing the hell out of it. The thing is just so powerful, I am sure it’ll make a lot of noise.

  2. I know someone who was kept in some SEBIN hellhole in Catia for protesting, and the amount of similarities between this and my friend’s account are staggering. Not just in terms of what the police would say and do to them, but how the prisoners coped with their own predicament.

    Thank you for this. Son unos grandes.

  3. powerful Stuff.

    It sickens me to know how well these mother xxxers know the human behavior and how at ease they are doing this to brave people knowing those that remain in the country, the masses and the less brave will adequate themselves to this nasty reality and avoid it at all costs.

    That or become deeply corrupted and join the frey.

    How can people drive past the Plaza Venezuela, or ride the metro and just ignore this?

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