Our Brand Is Crisis (2005)
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The movie is both frightening and ironically funny, sometimes both.
Subject matter dominates over filmmaking craft in Rachel Boynton's somewhat sloppy but otherwise riveting documentary.
Politics and mass communication are the volatile subjects of Rachel Boynton's information-packed documentary.
It's a galling and provocative experience to viewers of any political persuasion, and a reminder to the left of how easily idealism can run amok.
Unlikely as it sounds, a documentary that details with jaw-dropping candor how contemporary political campaigning works at the highest levels of government is set not in this country but in the far-off reaches of Bolivia.
Rachel Boynton's painfully timely film is actually a full-court tragedy -- the sorry tale of a battle won and a war lost.
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Impressively insightful doc about political strategy and its consequences.
[font=Century Gothic]"Our Brand is Crisis" is a documentary about the 2002 Bolivian Presidential Elections. At this point, Bolivia is a poor desperate country with a huge resource of natural gas waiting to be tapped. Along with ten other candidates, former president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozado(Goni) is running as a reform candidate while being advised by the American consulting firm - Greenberg, Carville, Shrum.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]What the documentary presents is an insightful case study as to why Democracy without listening to the people will not work, especially in such an impoverished country.(Goni is much wealthier than most of his constituents. And his campaign does seem to be out of touch with the ordinary citizen.) And bringing in American consultants, while armed with a basic history of the country but not familiar with the day-to-day details, is a large mistake.(How much time do the consultants spend with the average Bolivian?)[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]If the movie has a flaw, it is that it grossly underestimates the appeal of Evo Morales. Simply put, there comes a time when reform is not enough and something more radical is required.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]James Carville missed his calling as a stand-up comedian. At least, then he could have done less harm...[/font] [font=Century Gothic] [/font]
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