Time of Fire (Tiempo del Fuego)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Venezuela
translated by Prof. Charles Philip Thomas
CAST: Ramón A
SCENIC REQUIREMENTS: A basement room/laboratory.
The world has turned into a market where certain errors of man have been eradicated, such as art and the possibility of contradiction. Everything has been reduced to consuming. Success is about vacant minds and effective proposals for high-tech marketing. Ramon A. is a character who is killed by various means and he always revives. Plunged into the underground room where he experienced his first death (they put him into a fiery oven from which he emerged alive) he is subjected to several experiments which will try to finally kill him. Fernanda, an ailing woman who possesses extrasensory powers, accompanies him. She receives the spirits of Emiliano Zapata, Janis Joplin and Martin Luther King, telling him to enter the oven again, as the universe has changed and the time of fire has arrived. The different experiments to which both have been subjected have distorted their memory. Memories are fragmented, erroneous. Outside pressure is cruel and relentless. The worst attributes of Man stubbornly remain. Under these conditions, Ramón A., with the help of Zapata's spirit which has possessed Fernanda, begins to reorder the world. Anxiously, he walks to the interior of fiery oven while the scientists who are watching him are beset by fear. From the interior of the fiery oven he reaches out his hand to Fernanda, depicting a new world for her.