Wednesday, February 2 at 7:30 pm
South of the Border
by Oliver Stone
In this engaging film, Oliver Stone takes us on a whirl-wind tour of the political and economic changes that have and are sweeping Latin America. Many of the more indigenous parts of the population (which are the majority and the poorest) have risen up in an inspiring display of democracy to elect leadership that look like them, value them, and who are working to create a fair and just social, political, and economic future for all of their citizenry — not just the well-off, lighter-skinned, or well-connected (to Western Europe and the United States) few. There’s a veritable revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. The U.S. still wants to believe that Latin America is its back yard, ours to despoil and abandon as we choose.
So Oliver Stone, seeking the truth about Latin America, takes us with him on a road trip across five Latin American countries to explore the social and political movements as well as our mainstream media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (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 Raúl Castro (Cuba), Oliver Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light on the exciting transformations in the region. Leader after leader seems to be saying the same thing. America has not been listening. Hugo Chavez has been thoroughly demonized by the U.S., and for what reason? He believes Venezuela should be for the Venezuelans — what a concept! Indigenous peoples running their own countries! These countries, now run by their own people, want to control their own resources, strengthen regional ties, be treated as equals with the U.S., and become financially independent of the International Monetary Fund.
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