Walking Backward: A WSJ Films Documentary

In its 20 years in power, Venezuela’s socialist government used its oil wealth to shower its people with everything from cheap food to free housing. But mismanagement and corruption have now left state coffers bare and the economy in tatters.

Maria Planchart says she once lived comfortably in Caracas and had aspirations of being a lawyer. Now jobless, she struggles to feed her children.

The WSJ Films documentary below follows her journey.

Like millions of Venezuelans, Ms. Planchart is fighting for survival amid hyperinflation, rampant crime and President Nicolas Maduro’s increasingly authoritarian rule.

“You could say I lived comfortably. Until we started walking backwards. Started living a nightmare from which we haven’t woken up and who knows if we ever will,” she says.

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Write to Robert Libetti at robert.libetti@wsj.com and Juan Forero at juan.forero@wsj.com

https://www.wsj.com/articles/vanishing-venezuela-1526549408?mod=fox_australian

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