On Monday, the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez attended the Venice International Film Festival for the official screening of “South of the Border” by Director Oliver Stone.
The 75-minute documentary describes the political changes that have swept the continent in the past ten years since the 1998 election of the emblematic figure of that process, Hugo Chavez Frias.
During the press screening on Sunday, the film received lengthy applause.
Arriving at the Festival, President Chavez praised the work of the US director Stone, saying; “Oliver is a hard worker, a seeker of historical truth and I am very happy to accompany the entire production team of this documentary.
Chavez was received in Venice by a large, spontaneous gathering of people showing their support for the Bolivarian Revolution.
During a press conference held on Monday, Stone said that, for many reasons, the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Frias, is a hero.
“He was the first Latin American leader to challenge the International Monetary Fund, the neoconservative organization that has obliged to apply harsh measures around the continent and that caused the devaluation in Argentina, and for this I consider him a hero,” added Stone.
“Chavez has shown himself to be a phenomenon, we traveled a lot, almost a “road movie”, to see the incredible change that the country is undergoing,” he said.
Written by Stone, with renamed Anglo-Pakistani Tariq Ali, the documentary criticizes the traditional US view of Latin America as it is “backyard” and tries to show the true face of history.
The film evidences the media campaign driven by the US television media against the processes of change occurring throughout Latin America and specifically in Venezuela.
Venezuelan National Radio, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / September 8, 2009.