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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003)

Chavez: Inside the Coup (original title)
In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made.
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Credited cast:
Hugo Chávez ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Carmona Pedro Carmona ... Self (archive footage)
Jesse Helms ... Self (archive footage)
Colin Powell ... Self (archive footage)
George Tenet ... Self (archive footage)


In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made.

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The filmmakers were accused of omissions and distortions in another film, X-Ray of a Lie (Radiografía de una mentira) the 2004 documentary examined The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Brian A. Nelson, who wrote The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup Against Chavez and the Making of Modern Venezuela, says X-Ray of a Lie includes a "blow-by-blow of [The Revolution's] manipulations". Nelson says Baralt Avenue was not empty as the film portrays, "so the filmmakers put a black bar at the top of the frame to hide the Metropolitan Police trucks that were still there", among other manipulations. See more »


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Documentary and politics
19 October 2004 | by lee-salterSee all my reviews

I can not quite understand why any of the "reviewers" gave this documentary "0" other than for political reasons. No, the film did not investigate both "sides" of the story, but then surely one film in favour of Chavez against the tides of propaganda against him should be seen as an attempt to balance out the narrative overall (especially given A. the history of CIA involvement in Latin America in fermenting civil unrest - google National Security Archive and B. the coverage in that country and elsewhere of the clearly faked scenes of Chavez supporters shooting non-existent opponents). What is most amazing about this film is the fact that the film makers stayed in the presidential palace all of the way though the coup - surely a first in documentary making - images of a coup from both sides!!!

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12 September 2003 (Finland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Miraflores, Caracas, Venezuela See more »


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$6,101, 26 October 2003

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