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South of the Border (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 3 June 2010 (Argentina)
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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.

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Oliver Stone

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Tariq Ali ... Self
Fidel Castro ... Self (archive footage)
Raul Castro ... Self
Hugo Chávez ... Self
Rafael Correa ... Self
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ... Self (as Lula)
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner ... Self (as Cristina Kirchner)
Néstor Kirchner ... Self
Fernando Lugo Fernando Lugo ... Self
Evo Morales ... Self
Oliver Stone ... Self
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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 Cinema Libre Studio

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Gretchen Carlson: 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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Stone vs Fox News
17 December 2011 | by wintermancerSee all my reviews

Here we have a completely lopsided documentary starring Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, and of course Oliver Stone as the on-camera host. It was nice to see Oliver sitting and talking to the all the major players of South America and Cuba. But so what? Stone implies that because Fox News is a completely transparent propaganda machine that Hugo is not a dictator but a misunderstood hero of the continuing Bolivarian and communist revolutions. At least he is right about Fox news. He seems to get almost every other fact about Chavez and Morales wrong. To make Chavez shine like a new penny, Stone includes interviews with Christina and Lula. Pure farce.

I was hoping to learn something about Chavez and Venezuela, something that might change my opinion. I wanted to learn about the irrevocable changes to the political system there. But what I got was a pathetic excuse for Stone to schmooze with various heads of states as he toured South America as the other kind of American.

This is a terrible, self-serving documentary that has no place in an intelligent discussion of Chavez. There is no journalism here, no fairness, and nothing to learn. Just a puzzle and perhaps the end of a career for Stone.


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3 June 2010 (Argentina) See more »

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Untitled Oliver Stone/Hugo Chavez Documentary See more »

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Asunción, Paraguay See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$21,545, 27 June 2010

Gross USA:

$198,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$284,214
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