This Central American country has been in the press a great deal of late, and not all of the press has been positive. But as the saying goes, there are two sides to every coin. Victor Chavez has come in for a good deal of criticism from the US, vitriol that has its roots in Chavez’s penchant for nationalizing industries thereby cutting out international players. Nowhere is that clearer than the Oil and Gas industry. With Oil at an all time high, Chavez’s actions in nationalizing the industry clearly left the US oil interests with a bloody nose. But there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Director Clifton Ross takes us on a journey of discovery, maybe, just maybe, we have the story wrong. It could be that this is Latin America’s great experiment for the 21st century. Ross explores the history and projects of the Bolivarian Revolution through interviews with a very diverse cross section of its participants, from academics to farm workers and those living in the margins of Caracas, they all have different needs and wants, but all share the goal of becoming a unified country.

It is easy for us in North America to look down at Chavez, but reality is that he seems to be doing a good job for his citizens.

Don’t get me wrong, there are failures in this experiment, not all is a bed of roses.

This is a fascinating look at a subject we know little about.

You can get your copy from MVD.

Simon Barrett

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