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There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.Written by
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Alright, something that I never knew was that - I knew there was some dictators around the world, but did you know that some of the dictators now apparently, allegedly, are drug addicts as well? That might explain a few things. Hugo Chavez, now admitting in his speech, that went widely undocumented by the way, that he chews cocoa every morning. And he also eats something called cocoa paste, which by the way is addictive. And he gets it from the dictator in Bolivia.
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For anybody who has no idea what has gone on in Central and South America in the last 75 years, this may not be the best place to start. We are all experts on the middle east by this point. But it is sad to say, even here in the early 21st century, nobody has any idea what is going on south of the border.
Oliver Stone's documentary of sorts doesn't help fill in those gaps - watch Salvador first - but it goes a long way in illuminating the propaganda Americans are fed by cable TV "news" devoid of actual journalism. This isn't a really deep documentary, which is a fair knock. Stone is really out to just show us the other side of the mirror.
Hugo Chavez is not a saint but nor is he a religious zealot sending waves of suicide bombers into crowded markets. He has done some good. And yes, he has done some bad - very little covered in the movie. There is no coverage of the rampant street violence, "secuestro express" kidnappings or incomprehensible corruption. But, I think its unfair to completely dismiss the film. it is too easy to paint villains in our society and this film gives some breath from the one dimensional views that wash up on our TV sets.
If you wonder how people like Chavez take power around the world, it isn't by accident. Look at the standard of living the people in these countries live in. Americans are spoiled. Somos ricos. But a high standard of living does not grant us endowed wisdom. We don't know everything. We aren't always right. If you've never seen real poverty and strife first-hand, as much of the world lives in, then this movie can do nothing to change your mind. But hopefully, it can help you ask some questions of your own.
You don't have to love Chavez, but maybe you'll think twice about how you view your own country and the garbage fed nightly to our population over cable TV.
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