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The War on Democracy (2007)

 |  Documentary  |  15 June 2007 (UK)
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Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipulation of Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary ... See full summary »

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Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipulation of Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary people to free themselves from poverty and racism. Since the mid 19th Century Latin America has been the 'backyard' of the US, a collection of mostly vassal states whose compliant and often brutal regimes have reinforced the 'invisibility' of their majority peoples. The film reveals similar CIA policies to be continuing in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. The rise of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez despite ongoing Washington backed efforts to unseat him in spite of his overwhelming mass popularity, is democratic in a way that we have forgotten or abandoned in the west. True Democracy being a solid 80% voter turnout in support of Chavez in over 6 elections. Written by David Blake

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Hugo Chávez: [speaks Spanish; subtitles read:] I was born in a very poor home, a peasant home. And so I experienced poverty. I was a poor child, barefoot. My father was a teacher at a rural school, and my mother too.
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Pilger is one of the last living saints left on this planet...!
11 January 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I could write pages of why this film is so good. But I won't. I could write pages of why this film is needed but I won't. I could write pages on why Pilger is the greatest documentary maker of all time but I won't. Pilger is one of those people that doesn't do it for praise, doesn't do it for glory and also doesn't do it to make friends ;) John Pilger does it because everyone else doesn't. What I find so remarkable is that I don't know another journalist or filmmaker who truly represents the true nature of being human. A man who not only sticks to his guns but has a pure spirit to get things right from the beginning. I "SALUTE" (selfless plug) you mate. You are my favorite film makers of all time. I will forever hold you in the highest respect in these simple words.. "You make me a better person and a much more courageous filmmaker.

For those reading this.. don't just watch this film but go purchase every film ever made by Pilger. 10/10 for being you.

Regards

Matt Norman Director / Producer "SALUTE" www.salutethemovie.com www.theactorscafe.com

"I can only dream that I will make a difference, but I can assure you I will" (Matt Norman 2009)


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