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The War on Democracy (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 June 2007 (UK)
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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Cast

Credited cast:
John Pilger ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Agee Philip Agee ... Himself
Salvador Allende ... Himself (archive sound)
Jacobo Arbenz Jacobo Arbenz ... Himself, President of Guatemala (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage)
Hugo Chávez ... Himself
Duane Clarridge Duane Clarridge ... Himself
Allen Dulles ... Himself (archive footage)
John Foster Dulles John Foster Dulles ... Himself (archive footage)
Ari Fleischer Ari Fleischer ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Helms Richard Helms ... Himself (archive footage)
E. Howard Hunt E. Howard Hunt ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage)
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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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Award-winning John Pilger's first major cinema release See more »

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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John Pilger: The War on Democracy See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Phillp Agee: The true goal of the U.S. government is control. And they feel that if the U.S. did not control the governments of Latin America, then somebody else would. And the principle of "government by the people for the people" that is... that's just silly.
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The War on Democracy: Pilgers most powerful piece
3 September 2017 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

I'm dual nationality US & UK, I've spent half my life across each nation and have always been far prouder of my American heritage but by that I mean the country, it's people but not it's government.

Let me clarify, the British government is atrocious and highly corrupt but the leaders over the pond have taken it to the next level ever since their creation.

This fantastic piece by British journalist John Pilger is about Americas direct influence into Latin American countries such as Chile and Venezuala and the atrocities they have caused to better their own interests.

Heartbreaking, powerful and eye opening if you aren't aware of the steps the US go to further their economy this is essential viewing.

The USA for anyone with any awareness is the proverbial boy who cried wolf. They manipulate their people using the media to such an extent with their lies that every time a new story comes out you do have to question it.

They've been lying about the middle east for decades and still are. At time of writing how much of what we are told about North Korea is true? And how much is to sway public opinion to their own personal agendas?

The Good:

Professionaly made

Great interview segments

Essential viewing

The Bad:

Doesn't make for the easiest watch

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

The US has attempted to overthrow 50 governments, more than I had originally believed


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