With Hugo Chavez, Pedro Carmona, Jesse Helms & Colin Powell
Was the United States a shadowy presence in the background of the aborted coup in Venezuela in 2002? Irish filmmakers, Bartley and O'Briain, were inside the palace making a routine documentary on Chavez when his democratically elected government was briefly overthrown by a cabal of rich businessmen and Army officers. Having promised to redistribute the nation's significant wealth - Venezuela is the world's fourth largest exporter of oil - Chavez’ govt. had made powerful enemies.
The multi-award winning film, a compelling and unique fly on the wall documentary of the 48 hour coup, uses television news clips from the privately owned, oil-oligarchy-backed Venezuelan media, whose attacks on Chavez - comparing him to Castro and accusing him of mental instability - are a textbook in media manipulation.
This special screening will be followed by a discussion about Venezuela today featuring Andy Goodall from the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, who recently visited the country.