In the middle of the global pandemic, within a month,
Honduras was hit by Hurricane ETA and IOTA

“Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta brought widespread flooding and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, Honduras was battered by a second hurricane, leaving a level of destruction in its wake that rivals the worst natural disasters in the region’s history. The unprecedented double blow comes on top of the Covid-19 pandemic, which had already depleted government resources and left many people unemployed in one of the poorest countries in Latin America.” – By Jeff Ernst for The Guardian

In order to help Honduras recover, 100% OF THE REVENUE from renting and buying Olancho on Vimeo On Demand for the rest of 2020, will go to different relief funds in Honduras. By renting or buying You are helping Honduras to recover from hurricanes Eta & Iota.

When Manuel writes a song that makes a dangerous drug cartel angry, he is forced to flee his home in Honduras to go to the United States. From a radio cabin in North Carolina, he recounts his harsh escape from death and describes the challenges of assimilating into a new world as an undocumented immigrant.

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SYNOPSIS

Manuel is a farmer from a rural village in the mountains of Eastern Honduras. He aspires to be a musician but quickly realizes his only patrons are the powerful drug bosses who terrorize his region. When a song he writes that angers a dangerous drug cartel, Manuel is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life; continue his quest for fame, or flee. Manuel comes from the most murderous country on earth. With a murder rate nearly 18 times higher than that of the U.S., it is no mystery as to why thousands of people are fleeing the country every month in search of safety and security. “Olancho” goes beyond the statistics, though, and offers a ground-level look at the struggle of Central American immigrants.

DIRECTED BY
Chris Valdés

Ted Griswold

PRODUCED BY
Olancho Movie LLC
& Tercer Piso

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Esther Anino

PRODUCTION CONSULTANT
Jeff Consiglio

 

EDITING
Andrea Chignoli

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Shlomo Godder

SOUND
Chris Valdés
Ted Griswold

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Stash Wyslouch

POST PRODUCTION
Modulus Studios

MARKETS & LABS

 

IndieWire Project of the Month -December-. U.S. (2014)

Hot Docs Forum. Canada (2015)

Big Sky Pitch. U.S. (2015)

NALIP Media Market. U.S. (2015)

 

AWARDS

 

LOLA Award

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Best Feature

Nevada City Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Special Jury Prize

New Orleans Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Best Cinematography Award

Tulsa American Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Best Film Award

In-Edit Int’l Music Documentary Film Festival. Chile (2018)

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SELECTION

 

Viennale International Film Festival. Austria (2017)

DOCS MX Festival Internacional de Cine Documental. Mexico (2017)

FILMAR en América Latina. Switzerland (2017)

ÍCARO International Film Festival. Guatemala (2017)

Costa Rica International Film Festival. Costa Rica (2017)

IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam. ‎Netherlands (2018)

Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse. France (2018)

Musical Écran Film Festival. France (2018)

Solo Positivo, Int’l Music Documentary Film Festival. Croatia (2018)

ALCANCES, International Documentary Film Festival. Spain (2018)

Cine Migrante, International Film Festival. Argentina (2018)

Antofacine, International Film Festival. Chile (2018)

 

LOCAL SELECTION

 

Big Sky International Documentary Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Chicago Latino Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Capital City Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

San Francisco DocFest. U.S. (2017)

Brooklyn Film Festival. U.S (2017)

Indie Street Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Rural Route Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Margaret Mead Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Orlando Film Festival. U.S. (2017)

Cine Las Américas, International Film Festival. U.S. (2018)

ÍCARO, International Film Festival. Honduras (2018)