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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.
21vlamDate: Sunday, 2018-01-07, 2:58 AM | Message # 2
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Vincent Lam - Period 4 biggrin 
South of the Border, a documentary directed by Oliver Stone brings to us a journey across 5 countries to conduct interviews with many important figures in Latin America. In these interviews, he shows the ongoing process and transformations of South America today as a global power, both politically and socially. In the beginning, the movie first notes the failed coup-d’etat of Hugo Chavez orchestrated by President George Bush. This is especially important, and brought back many times in the movie because what it did was that it brought forward a large and new conflict between the United States and whole Latin America. Later in the documentary, Oliver Stone begins his travel to speak to important figures, beginning with Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Evo Morales in Bolivia, and so on. With each interview with these important political figures, they talk about the status of their country and government. Important facts are brought up, such as the petroleum problem with Venezuela, but to me there was something that particularly stood out. These Latin American countries had somewhat become “Bolivian”, sparked by Hugo Chavez’s new revolution.In this documentary was many things that were related to what we’ve learned so far, especially political human geography in South America. South of the Border really gave us insight into the political status of these Latin American countries and how they operate, and we also  learn about manipulation of social media, democracy, communism, and geopolitics.As for my personal opinion on this documentary, I believe it is worth the watch as it really shows a new angle on South America, and is very informative if you are looking for information on the government’s influence and power both globally and in their own countries. I give it ★★★ out of 5 stars.
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