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Friday March 4

Sun, Feb 27, 2011

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After canceling last night’s film showing due to a sudden and surprisingly large snowstorm, we were able to reschedule for next Friday, March 4.



The Oliver Stone documentary SOUTH OF THE BORDER will be shown at the Blue Hill Library on Friday at 7:00 p.m. 
Link to film trailer: http://southoftheborderdoc.com/

As always, refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome.
Following is a statement by Oliver Stone, then our original announcement about the film. 
Oliver Stone:

I’ve been fortunate to be able to make several films about North America’s neglected “backyard” –– Central and South America. The low budget, independently shot Salvador, about the U.S. involvement with the death squads of El Salvador, starred James Woods in an Academy–nominated performance, released in 1986. This was followed by Comandante in 2003, and Looking for Fidel in 2004, both of these documentaries exploring Fidel Castro in one–on–one interviews. Each of these films has struggled to be distributed in North America.

I was invited to Venezuela to meet President Hugo Chávez for the first time during his aborted rescue mission of Colombian hostages, held by FARC, during Christmas of 2007. As is often the case, the man I met was not the man I’d read and heard about in the U.S. media. I was able to return in January 2009 to interview President Chávez in more depth.

Was Hugo Chávez really the anti–American force we’ve been told he is? Once we began our journey, we found ourselves going beyond Venezuela to several other countries, and interviewing seven Presidents in the region, telling a larger and even more compelling story, which has now become South of the Border.

Leader after leader seemed to be saying the same thing. They wanted to control their own resources, strengthen regional ties, be treated as equals with the U.S., and become financially independent of the International Monetary Fund. Based on our experiences in Iraq, Americans must question the role of our media in demonizing foreign leaders as our enemies. The consequences of this can be brutal. This is a continuing story. It is going on right now with Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. Hopefully, in our film, you’ll get to hear a far different side of the “official” story.

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Director Stone set out on a road trip across five countries, interviewing seven of the region’s elected presidents. Exploring the new social and political movements, he also reveals the mainstream media’s misperception of South America. 

The documentary examines the free-market economic policies promoted by the U.S. and the International Monetary Fund over the last several years, and how they have largely failed to alleviate Latin America’s chronic income inequality. Tariq Ali who collaborated with Stone to make the film has remarked that: “These changes that are taking place are not coming about through armed struggle or guerrilla warfare or Che Guevara. All these changes have come about through democratic elections. And that makes it a very, very significant development in that continent.”
In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner  (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nėstor Kirchner,  Fernando Lugo  (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro  (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region. The film suggests that financial calamities such as the Argentine peso collapse of 2001, combined with Latin suspicions of U.S. drug-eradication efforts and resentment over the selling off of natural resources through multinational companies, also have contributed to the rise of socialist and social-democratic leaders across the region.

 

The film will be shown at 7:00 p.m. at Blue Hill Library. It is the second in the Winter Film Series of Peninsula Peace & Justice. Events are free and open to the public. Fmi 326-4405
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