The War on Democracy

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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 decision to support the death squads in El Salvador during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pilger and Martin hauntingly demonstrate the United States' aggressive attempts to thwart and squelch democratic movements in the Third World. Additional interviewees include: U.S. congressman José Serrano, former U.S. ambassador to Chilé Nathaniel Davis and historian Greg Grandin, among others. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The War on Democracy

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  • 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.

    Jul 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • But it is all very watchable, even though we have been through most of it before

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Pilger's portentous voiceover and intrusions into shot bespeak an excruciating vanity

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The show is ultimately ruined by its ophidian writer/presenter Pilger, who is something of an acquired taste

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • A dynamic and emotionally effective diatribe against global capitalism's role in undermining popular second or third-world democracies

    Jun 15, 2007 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • Tailored towards the small-screen.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
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Audience Reviews for The War on Democracy

  • Aug 04, 2011
    Truly excellent. Everyone should watch this.
    Mark C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2011
    Amazing documentary about the truth about the one of the most controversial figures in the modern history - Hugo Chavez, and the role of the US government in killing the real democracy in Venezuela! Someone wrote about the movie: "You poor poor sheep! you sleep sleep sleep! Why wont you wake, the world is waiting for you, your mothers raped and murdered, your little sisters raped and murdered, your fathers raped and murdered, you sons, uncles, the world is raped and murdered. But the coke is sweet and pizza is good; the porn is hard and the music rocks..." This documentary hits you hard with the truth about the role of the "democratic" forces in destroying the real forces chosen by the democratic governments! There is no rules... everything is in play, destroying dreams through economical measures, napalm bombing of innocent countries, snipers, death squads... name it, they used it! Actually, they still use it! John Pilger YOU did a great job... I salute you!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2008
    John Pilger always delivers with strong authority, just as polemic as Michael Moore, but much more intelligent. This documentary systematically unveils and explains the hypocrisy of America's stance on freedom and democracy. With a long lineage in coup d'etat's and replacing elected officials with dictators, it places the US's recent posturing on Russia and Georgia into an interesting light.
    Jon H Super Reviewer

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