Fidel, Brave Child

(Fidel, niño valente)
Mario Verón | Documentary

2021 | 74 minutes | Argentina, Paraguay

A Paraguayan migrant, Fidel rides a horse deep in the Argentine jungle. Wearing Maradona’s iconic number 10 jersey, he sets out on a quest to earn money and support his mother.


Fidel is a child who lives in the depths of Monte de Puerto Libertad, Misiones. At the age of twelve he works in the field and competes in races with Che, his horse. With these races he seeks to win in order to earn money and help his mother who lives deep in the heart of Paraguay. But Che will have a near-fatal accident and the child will try to heal him with his limited resources. Fidel must wait for his partner or race with another horse. While he awaits his friend's fate, he will ride Lunita de Libertad, always wearing his lucky Maradona jersey, awakening even more hope in the peasants who follow him. With an epic humanity, the small but great jockey will make his way into the improvised turf court built on the land claimed by Alto Paraná S.A.Multinational, a company that owns 10% of the Missionary territory and that is in conflict with the peasants residing there. Riding on his dream horse, the borders will be blurred with his Sapucai roar, a cry from the noble roots of his Guarani blood, shouts that mimic "freedom’s call, which expands the asphyxiated lungs of those who wish to be, ask for rhythm, beg for justice for what they feel to be excessive."

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Main credits

Verón, Mario (film producer)
Verón, Mario (film director)
Verón, Mario (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematography, Pablo Bruzzone; editing, Javier Di Pasquo Gal; music, Lucas Guinot.

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Argentina Festival de Cine Nacional - Leonardo Favio Bolivar Special Mention

DIRECTOR: Mario Verón

NATIONALITY: Argentina, Paraguay

YEAR: 2021

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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