South of the Border

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  • Summary: 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 themselvesIn 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 casual conversation, Stone sits down with Presidents Chavez, Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castro (Cuba). (Good Apple Productions) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Yes, Stone gets cozy with Hugo Chávez, soft-pedaling the Venezuelan president's crackdown tendencies, but he also captures South America in a paradigm shift, wrenching itself free of centuries of colonial control. The film is rose-colored agitprop, but it catches a current of history.
  2. 80
    Offers valuable historical, social and political context, particularly if you aren't an international-news junkie.
  3. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    75
    Engaging enough as polemics go, but unlikely to change many minds.
  4. 50
    Three minutes into the film, we feel the sharpness of Stone's ax to grind. It's dull to be told what to think.
  5. Reviewed by: Adam Smith
    40
    Stone's film could have allowed political voices that are rarely present to get a fair, and critical hearing. Instead he near smooches them to death.
  6. Unabashedly one-sided, this biography of Chávez - and several other Latin American politicians - does raise some valid concerns about what Stone calls the "manipulative power of the media." So it's too bad he's as guilty of partisanship as the right-wing outlets he reviles.
  7. South of the Border's subjects are masters at cooking bullshit, and Stone just eats it up.

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  1. Sep 5, 2010
    10
    The flack that critics have aimed at this film is completely unjustified. The focus of the film is on countering years of blatant "big lie"The flack that critics have aimed at this film is completely unjustified. The focus of the film is on countering years of blatant "big lie" propaganda aimed at Chavez and other Latin American nationalist leaders who have broken from U.S. domination. And the film makes its case regarding that propaganda onslaught very precisely and strongly, completely debunking it by using clips from U.S. news media and then countering with interviews and facts. The attack of the critics on this film is just one more example of that mendacious campaign, and if you miss this film because of it then you will yourself have become a victim of the U.S. media's propaganda. See this film and decide for yourself! Expand

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