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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 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
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The War on Democracy

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | June 15, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 2, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review… | July 9, 2007

In short, Grow Your Own isn't quite as funny, as clever or as moving as it should have been but it remains watchable thanks to its likeable characters and performances.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007

But it is all very watchable, even though we have been through most of it before

Full Review… | June 15, 2007
London Evening Standard

Audience Reviews for The War on Democracy

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 Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer


Really good. Interesting interviews with CIA ex-agents and people who were tortured by authoritarian governments. I wonder how John Pilger got those documents from the CIA. Really similar to Oliver Stone's South of the Border. This movie is amazing. And it is very humane and democratic in spirit. I am not sure about the success of the populist governments in Latin America, but the spirit of a new beginning-- its heart warming and powerful.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

Besides a few hokey musical montages, this a powerful look at how our government has contributed to South America's ills.

David Smith
David Smith

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