The War on Democracy (2007)
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The groundbreaking leftwing journalists-cum-filmmakers Chris Martin and John Pilger helm the muckraking social activist documentary The War on Democracy - an unflinching dissection and evisceration of U.S. policies in Latin America during the second half of the 20th century. Beginning with interviewee Hugo Chávez's U.S.-suppressed attempts at Venezuelan social reform, and moving forward to such events as the 1954 CIA-backed overthrow of Jacobo Guzman in Guatemala and the U.S. government's
Jun 15, 2007 Wide
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A dynamic and emotionally effective diatribe against global capitalism's role in undermining popular second or third-world democracies
While this diligently researched film cogently moves from Latin American nation to Latin American nation, explaining the strangely predictable cycle of uprisings among these countries, it's ultimately hard to identify the audience it addresses.
Yet with all its flaws and its righteous tone (thanks to Pilger's pervasive narration and on-camera presence), the film tackles the Achilles Heel of American politics: its historically abysmal foreign policy failures
John Pilger's angry story of how a rapacious US covertly brutalised its Latin American neighbours should be a compelling documentary. And so it often is, despite being marred by a dewy-eyed interview with President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
But it is all very watchable, even though we have been through most of it before
Pilger's not exactly unbiased, while belligerent talking-head interviews sometimes feel like Jeremy Paxman with 'roid rage. Yet, faced with the contempt of American policymakers, it's hard not to sympathise with his viewpoint.
Pilger's portentous voiceover and intrusions into shot bespeak an excruciating vanity
A forceful if occasionally partisan documentary. Pilger's interviews are deeply revealing and his sly intelligence punctures many myths about America's support of democracy.
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