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Though it was lucky that the filmmakers happened to be in the right place at the right time, we are all indeed lucky that they were. Inside the Coup provides alternative angles to how the coup against Chavez played out, and its criticism of the media demonstrates how it is important for the government and private companies to have access to media outlets. This film makes clear the point that in a system where either of these two players dominate the media, true coverage can never be accurately presented, but instead, the balance should lie in between the two. Perhaps the strongest point of the documentary is that it never explicitly blames the U.S., but instead allows the viewer to draw their own conclusions. Simply showing the footage where it is explained over the phone that Chavez was being held while the military waited for an American transport to land illuminates involvement but never points the finger directly. Although some may find the footage "silly" at times and feel as though they are watching "someone's 40th birthday party," the filmmakers never lose sight of the reality that existed in the state of Venezuela at the time, taking to the streets to interview protesters and focusing in on behaviors after the cabinet repossesses the Presidential palace. It is in these particular moments that we see the directors step back and merely shoot exactly what they are seeing, and what they were seeing was chaos. Though Chavez may indeed be adept at manipulating the media, we see that this may well be commonplace in Venezuela through the private sector's refusal to air news regarding the events of the coup, or, instead, their referral to the "democratic interim government" in order to receive information (that was, by all accounts, inaccurate). It was only upon leaving the theater that I realised in the closing 10 to 15 minutes of the film that the narration had stopped completely, and the images on the screen spoke for themselves. This is truly a powerful and insightful piece of work, and is well-worth the time for anyone who finds interest in films at all. Those who are well-informed of the history and politics of Venezuela will enjoy it just as much as those who are not.
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