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Critic Reviews for Cocalero
Cocalero, Alejandro Landes's documentary about the presidential campaign of Evo Morales in Bolivia, seems to mirror the campaign itself: ragged and bare-bones.
In the midst of this consultant-polished election season, Alejandro Landes's inside look at Evo Morales's successful 2005 run for the Bolivian presidency is both refreshing and just plain fun.
An essential if incomplete look at the triumphant grassroots campaign of Bolivian president Evo Morales.
Audience Reviews for Cocalero
[font=Century Gothic]"Cocalero" is an illuminating verite documentary about the 2005 Bolivian national elections, focusing on the MAS(Movement Toward Socialism)candidate Evo Morales. MAS is a coalition of several groups, all fighting against capitalism and neoliberalism, including unions, miners, the poor, indigenous and especially coca farmers(Morales was formerly one and comes off here remarkably down to earth. However, he does not swim very well...) who instead of being approached to open a dialogue are being brutally repressed under the aegis of the United States' misbegotten war on drugs.(George Carlin had a creative solution to the war on drugs, just not one I could endorse...) The documentary makes a very fine point that coca leaves are not just used for the processing of cocaine which is something that happens in the United States. In the end, the farmers prefer to handle justice amongst themselves. [/font]
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