South of the Border (2010)
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Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is a hero in Latin America for his willingness to stand up to the United States (both the government and the private sector) and his desire to use the nation's petroleum resources as a tool to bring a better way of life to the working class under his rule. But Chavez's policies have made him many enemies in North America, and in the American news media (especially conservative outlets such as Fox News), Chavez has been demonized for his rejection of U.S. policy,
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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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