South of the Border (2010)
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There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America, while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Néstor
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Stone has a crucial, overlooked viewpoint to impart, but as a documentary filmmaker, his content and technique are not terribly engaging.
South of the Border offers valuable historical, social and political context, particularly if you aren't an international-news junkie.
A personal, maddeningly blinkered travelogue through Latin America that, for all its willful naivete, offers a valuable glimpse of historical and social change.
There is much still to uncover South of the Border and Stone has only sold us one side of it...with so much left to uncover South of the Border is missing it's edge.
SOUTH OF THE BORDER points to the need of a good contemporary study of South American political movement rather than actually filling that vacancy.
Worth watching, while keeping its bias in mind, as an introduction to the political events in South America during the last decade.
The DVD is chock-a-block with 90-minutes of extras [that] make a value-added package worth renting.
While it may sound dry on the surface, Stone packs his movie with enough provocative insights to keep the audience invested.
The film is one-sided, but it's a side rarely seen by U.S. audiences, most of whom get their news from sources including FOX, CNN and even The New York Times. (Stone skewers the lot.)
Oliver Stone proves himself to be the anti-Michael Moore; he speaks softly, understanding that it must be the voices of Chavez, Morales, Castro, et al, that resonate most profoundly.
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.
Risks alienating even those who instinctively side with [Stone's] political agenda.
At least Stone is getting a provocative alternative viewpoint across -- and in an engaging and entertaining way, too.
Stone is justifiably angry at America's clandestine interference in the domestic politics of its neighbours and at the media's collusion in demonising figures like Chavez.
It has plenty of value as a straightforward primer on a side of South American politics rarely given much coverage.
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