Oliver Stone’s new documentary South of the Border premiers at the Venice Film Festival today. South of the Border is Stone’s exploration of Latin America’s relationship with the US, including major interviews with the Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and Tariq Ali.
Watch an exclusive trailer for South of the Border on the Guardian Film blog post by Oliver Stone in which he explains his intentions for the film further:
As is often the case, the man I met was not the man I’d read and heard about in the US media… 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 US, and become financially independent of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Based on our experiences in Iraq, Americans must question the role of our media in demonising 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.”
In the run-up to the film’s general release, Verso recommends the following titles:
Tariq Ali’s examination of the Latin American revolution against US hegemony, based on his first-hand experience of Venezuela and meetings with Hugo Chávez. He also discusses Fidel Castro, President of Bolivia Evo Morales and President of Ecuador Rafael Correa. The book makes a perfect complement to Stone’s film.
The President of Venezuela introduces this short collection of writings by the revolutionary Simon Bolivar – Chávez’s main influence for what he calls his Bolivarian Revolution.
The renowned writer, film maker and activist introduces key writings by Fidel Castro.