Monday, August 20, 2007

The War on Democracy

'The War on Democracy' is John Pilger's first major film for the cinema. Set in Latin America and the US, it explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile.
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From an article for the Guardian:

"Thousands of poor Venezuelans are seeing a doctor for the first time in their lives, their children immunised and drinking clean water.

"On July 26 Chavez announced the construction of fifteen new hospitals; more than 60 public hospitals are currently being modernised and re-equipped. New universities have opened their doors to the poor, breaking the privilege of competitive institutions effectively controlled by a 'middle class' in a country where there is no middle.

"In Barrio La Linea, Beatrice Balazo told me her children were the first generation of the poor to attend a full day’s school and to be given a hot meal and to learn music, art and dansce. 'I have seen their confidence blossom like flowers,' she said...

"More than 25,000 communal councils have been set up in parallel to the old, corrupt local bureaucracies. Many are spectacles of raw grass-roots democracy. Spokespeople are elected, yet all decisions, ideas and spending have to be approved by a community assembly."


1 comment:

Ross said...

I can't wait to see it, probably will not be shown in US.

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