This lucid and wide ranging documentary, shot in ten days in October 2002 but speaking with an authority far greater than the time frame might suggest, is intended as a tribute to 'the political consciousness and determination of the people of Venezuela'. The Latin American nation with the world's fifth largest oil reserves is currently experiencing what feels like a rerun of Chile's tribulations a generation earlier, with the US implicated in an anti-reformist campaign against the elected government of president Chavez. Talking to activists, community organisations and observers across the country, the film-makers ask questions ignored by the mainstream media, and suggest how a country might build a just and workable society from the ground up.
Elisabetta Andreoli, Gabriele Muzio, Max Pugh
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