Chavez: Inside the Coup

Film, Documentaries
5 out of 5 stars
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Winner of two Grierson Documentary Awards, this fast-paced, 'exclusive', insider view of the Venezuelan presidency in crisis has in some quarters proved almost as controversial as the populist leader Hugo Chavez himself. Granted access in April 2002 to film a political portrait, Bartley and O'Briain found themselves capturing the chaotic events of an attempted coup (48 hours which saw Chavez deposed and reinstated). Parallels with Chile under Allende are apparent, both in the politics and the backing of the opposition, but the film has also been seen by some as too partisan. Given the polarities of Venezuela's social order, however, this is understandable, and there's no denying that the fertile combination of 'right place, right time' and rapid response camerawork has produced a significant document of wide relevance.

By: GE

Release details

Duration: 74 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain
Cast: Jesse Helms
Colin Powell
George Tenet
Hugo Chavez
Pedro Carmona

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Perhaps your 'foreign affairs specialist' who contributed to the 'Ken In the Dock' feature could explain why she referred to Chavez' government as 'Latin Amerrica's last dictatorship' when it was reelected last year with 63% of the vote. Is it official Time Out policy to publish outrageous slurs and cast aspersions against democratically elected leftwing Latin governments?


Perhaps your 'foreign affairs specialist' who contributed to the 'Ken In the Dock' feature could explain why she referred to Chavez' government as 'Latin Amerrica's last dictatorship' when it was reelected last year with 63% of the vote. Is it official Time Out policy to publish outrageous slurs and cast aspersions against democratically elected leftwing Latin governments?