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South of the Border
LunowDate: Thursday, 2011-12-29, 1:53 PM | Message # 1
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"Eager to investigate how the U.S. media has depicted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, director Oliver Stone journeys south to interview the man himself and speaks with several other South American presidents in the process." - from Netflix

Oliver Stone has won Academy Awards for some truly spectacular movies (Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Nixon, W, etc.). In this documentary Oliver Stone sets off to visit the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Chavez has been demonized in the American press. He is portrayed as a dangerous leader who needs to be "replaced" in the best interests of the USA.

The movie documents how the Bush administration conspired to have an elected president removed through a coup-de-etat (military overthrow of a civilian government). The unsuccessful coup was the latest in over a century of US involvement in domestic affairs of Latin American countries.

Stone starts the documentary in Venezuela and then moves on to visit most of the other Latin American democracies. In each he interviews presidents and ex-presidents and documents how the region has shifted its attitude to the USA and how Chavez has led a new Bolivarian (after Simon Bolivar) revolution in the Americas.

I highly recommend watching this movie. The content covers a lot of topics we will cover in the Political Geography Unit, including geopolitics, democracy, communism, and regional political conditions.

In addition to Political Geography, this movie also covers topics from the Economic Geography Unit, with the role of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund being covered. Stone touches on neoliberalism and the relationship of the core-periphery (rich and poor countries) in the world today.

Overall, this is a great movie to watch to understand politics in Latin America and the often strained relationship between the USA and countries in the region.
 
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