Oliver Stone meets and greets South America's leaders and exposes America's media misperception of a a continent with social and political promise.
In January 2009, Oliver Stone travelled to Venezuela to interview President Hugo Chavez, and examine the way Chavez has been portrayed in the U.S. media. Was Chavez really the “anti-American” force the media claimed he was?
Once the journey began, however, Stone and his crew found themselves going beyond Venezuela to several other countries, and interviewing seven Presidents in the region, telling a larger and even more compelling story.
In a series of casual conversations, Stone sits down with Presidents Chavez, Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Néstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro (Cuba). “The best way to convey it further was to take the film on the road and talk to Chavez’s allies in the region,” the director says. “Every single one of them was extremely positive about Chavez.”
- "Watch, enjoy and start paying attention to the region. This is a spirited and necessary primer, not the last word on its subject." Time Out –
- "Entertaining study of South America's socialist "revolution" " The Guaridan –
- "Like the best of Stone's narrative fiction, South Of The Border is packed with big characters and epic storytelling. That this is non-fiction makes it all the more gripping. " Film 4 –
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- Venezuela's Chavez scoffs at cancer — Routers