Oliver Stone’s South of the Border…

…is released at cinemas in the UK tomorrow. Stone goes to Venezuela to see what Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela is really like.

Incidentally, another excellent documentary on Venezuela is The Revolution Will Not Be Televised made by two Irish journalists. They were actually in Venezuela when Chavez was overthrown in a US sponsored private coup in 2002 but later returned to power under popular pressure from the Venezuelan people. Conducting clandestine dirty coups just isn’t as easy as it used to be in South America.

It makes for some dramatic viewing and is worth viewing before the South of the Border to give a little historical context to the film.


4 thoughts on “Oliver Stone’s South of the Border…

  1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is an absolutely brilliant documentary. Such a combination of luck and good film making! Weird that it seems never to have been generally available on DVD… you’d think that 20th Century Fox or Sony would leap at the chance to tell the truth about an anti-capitalist national leader who’s loved by most of his electorate, wouldn’t you?

    By the way, if you’d like a ‘permanent’ copy of it, you can download it in MPG format from Google Video.

  2. Hey dude, in consequence of all this, I recomend you see Consequencias from Alvaro Vargas Llosa. Although a little right winged if you manage to bypass the usual criticism to the Latin American Left movements it is very good.
    Good work amigo

  3. Cheers Dan. I’ve never heard of it but I will definitely watch it. I see it’s a National Geographic production so it’s inevitable that it’s going to be a bit conservative but a step in the right direction. I see it’s on YouTube here:

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