The War on Democracy (2007)
Critic Reviews for The War on Democracy
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.
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.
But it is all very watchable, even though we have been through most of it before
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!
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.
Besides a few hokey musical montages, this a powerful look at how our government has contributed to South America's ills.
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