Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela (New Documentary)

02 September 2009
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A thoughtful insight into the achievements and challenges of the Venezuelan revolution, ten years after Hugo Chavez took office.

February 2009 marked 10 years since Hugo Chavez took office, following a landslide election victory, and launched his revolution to bring radical change to Venezuela. While wildly popular with many in the country, Chavez's policies and his outspoken criticisms of the U.S. government have made him powerful enemies, both at home and abroad, especially in the media. Filmed in Caracas in November 2008, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Chavez's controversial presidency, this feature-length documentary takes a journey into the heart of Venezuela's revolution to listen to the voices of the people driving the process forward.

The film traces the recent history of Venezuela, before and after the election of Hugo Chavez to the presidency, using archive material and interviews with Venezuelans living in the barrios of Caracas who are involved in community and social movements. The achievements and challenges facing the Bolivarian process are put into context by means of interviews with leading Venezuelan social scientists Edgardo Lander and Javier Biardeau and the Canadian economist Michael Lebowitz, who currently lives in Venezuela. "This is a rare film about Venezuela, a country in extraordinary transition. Watch this film because it is honest and fair and respectful of those who want to be told the truth about an epic attempt, flaws and all, to claim back the humanity of ordinary people." -- John Pilger, journalist and documentary filmmaker Screenings and DVD copies available from mid-August 2009. For more information visit: Alborada or email: info@alborada.net