The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2002)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Journalism, Politics & Government, Social Issues, Military & War, World History  |   Release Date - Nov 5, 2003 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - Ireland, Netherlands  |  
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Taking its title from a poem/song by Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is an award-winning international documentary. Irish filmmakers Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain went to Venezuela to make a documentary about the charismatic, democratically elected president, Hugo Chavez. Very popular with the Venezuelan people, Chavez is a firm supporter of socialism and a redistribution of wealth from the oil profits in his country. He's also an outspoken opponent of the Bush administration's tactics in Afghanistan. In April 2002, the filmmakers ended up witnessing the failed coup that took place when a group of oil-interested parties tried to remove Chavez from office. Pedro Carmona was supposed to be installed as the new leader. However, due to the loyalty of his people, Chavez was back in power in 48 hours. While the state-controlled media (Channel 8 in Venezuela) gave the president a call-in show to talk with the public, privatized media outlets reported that pro-Chavez supporters had fired on an anti-Chavez march. After making its U.S. premiere at the 2003 South by Southwest Film Festival, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (also known as Chavez: Inside the Coup) has aired around the world on the RTE, BBC, and CBC.

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coup, Venezuela, media, political-upheaval, President, controversial, cover-up, hidden-camera, distortion, march [demonstration], oil-rights, violence, bloodshed, military-takeover, misconception, Socialism