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South of the Border (2010)

Tariq Ali , Raul Castro , Oliver Stone  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tariq Ali, Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa, Cristina Kirchner
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XKNGLY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "South of the Border" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "South American Tour" Featurette
  • "Changes in Venezuela" Featurette
  • Additional Questions for President Chávez
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Oliver Stone Argentinean Interview with Telma Luzzani
  • Oliver Stone Brazilian TV Interview with Kennedy Alencar

  • Editorial Reviews

    Review

    VENICE -- Good-humored, illuminating and without cant, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border; is a rebuttal of what he views as the fulminations and lies of right-wing media at home and abroad regarding the socialist democracies of South America. Featuring interviews with seven national leaders who all express great affection for their neighbors to the north if not for historical U.S. foreign policy, the film suggests a clear way forward for a continent that has largely shaken off the grip of imperialism and what Stone calls predatory capitalism as opposed to benign capitalism. Greeted with extended applause at its Venice press and industry screening, the film will fare well internationally and will attract liberal audiences in Stone's homeland. Conservative outrage could also spark wider interest, and it should thrive among educators and have a long ancillary life. Clips from CNN and Fox News establish quickly the buffoonish tone with which news about South American politics is usually treated with democratically elected leaders invariably depicted as dictators, but Stone also indicts the network news and media institutions including the New York Times. Following a brief history of the events in Venezuela that led to the presidency of Hugo Chavez, Stone shows how the media in that country altered film of violent demonstrations to show his supporters firing on their opposition and how those images were fed to the rest of the world. He details similar exaggerations in other countries and quotes facts and figures from each region. His cameras follow Chavez, who was born in poverty, to the place of his childhood and on trips to a cattle farm and a plant that produces flour with help from Iran. On the way there, Chavez tells the director - This is where we're building the Iranian atomic bomb. There is similar black humor from other leaders with Rafael Correa of Ecuador saying of the U.S. media - I'd be more worried if they spoke well of me. The expressed view of the fraternal leaders is that they want independence and equality, and freedom from the International Monetary Fund and U.S. economic control. They all see in President Barack Obama the opportunity for lasting, mutually beneficial change. Stone is clearly impressed with the leaders he meets, and there are many relaxed scenes, including one in which he gets a great kick out of Bolivian leader Evo Morales showing him the best coca leaves to chew, a benign cure for the nauseous effects of the altitude in La Paz. --Ray Bennett - The Hollywood Reporter

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    There s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn t know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. 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 Nestor 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.

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    61 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray
    A lot is going on in this "faux documentary by one of our favorite, if not our most famous and controversial filmmaker, Oliver Stone. Although stealing a page from Michael Moore's expose playbook, to his credit, Stone has made a gallant attempt to redress the shamefully distorted images of the "fake news as propaganda" reported repeatedly by the likes of Fox News networks. In fact these embarrassing clips are used as a foil for the documentary.

    On a road/air trip crisscrossing several of the more active left-leaning countries of "the newly emerging "post-Bush II" South America," Stone engages in a series of in-depth interviews tossing a lot of softball questions to his hosts and more often than not, getting the desired and predictably one-sided responses he expected. The key players of what is referred to as the "new Bolivians" include: Cristina and Néstor Kirchner, the president and ex-presidents of Argentina; Evo Morales the democratically elected President of Bolivia; Brazil's Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; Paraguay's Fernando Lugo; Ecuador's Rafael Correa; Cuba's Raúl Castro, and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. In addition to giving very relaxed and frank interviews, what they all have in common is having been democratically elected and a committed desire to remove the yoke of European colonialism; redress the gross economic inequities, and end the worse of U.S. interference and meddling in their internal affairs.

    For those of us who routinely watch European news, Stone's freeform documentary is nothing new. And although Stone's political zeal and messages often get ahead of his investigative depth and accuracy, it is still a refreshing alternative to the tiring "pro-corporate propaganda" screed promoted by the views espoused through Fox News.
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    26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best docu I've ever seen August 12, 2010
    The wall breaks down, comunism comes to his end. Capitalism is the winner.
    And now: Democratic administrations in seven! states in Latin America test there variations of "socialism of the 21th century" (Heinz Dieterich, UAM University Mexico.

    There is Hugo Chavez, not the most dangerous man of venezuela, who wins ten elections in ten years. The people like him!

    And Kirchner told us about an advice of good old George W. Bush:
    If you want to have a strong economy, make war!

    Don't miss this unique film.
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    21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good documentary, but a little simple October 24, 2010
    By B. G.
    Format:DVD
    I'm going to actually review the film and not try to advance a political agenda.

    South of the Border's main strength lies in its presentation of information that we don't receive in the American media. The purpose of this documentary was to address some of the lies and distortions we are regularly subjected to on our evening newscasts. In that respect, it's a resounding success. Whether or not you agree with these South American leaders' policies, you get to hear their ideas in their own words. They come across as very human and not the monsters they are often portrayed as.

    However, it is a little simple. The majority of the film consists of interviews between Stone and the leaders and there's not a whole lot of extrapolation. It kind of feels like you're sitting in on an after dinner conversation with friends. While it serves to give you a sort of familiar feeling with the subjects of the film, it doesn't really explain in great detail any of the policies or approaches. This might have been what the filmmakers were aiming for, given the short attention spans of the intended American audience. If so, it's a forgiveable error.
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    11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Polarity April 16, 2011
    Format:DVD
    Fascinating to read the other reviews . . . And I'm surprised to give the first 3 star. Apparently, this is a polarizing film. Because we in the U.S. (and elsewhere) have not been privy to accurate and unbiased news with regard to this region, even digging for information leaves one on shaky ground. Not an expert to begin with, I certainly can't comment on the accuracies of Stone's reports and focus. And even the reviews by former residents of this region may be biased as there are no disinterested parties in such situations. But the U.S. and western powers in general have a sordid track record dealing with nations who choose to resist bullying, so Stone does us a service to highlight populist leadership trends. Just reading on Wiki (for what it's worth) about the 2004 recall election in Venezuela raises the usual neck hairs. This election was characterized by numerous dirty tricks and covert participation by self-serving powers who wished to bring down Chavez. Just one example is the National Endowment for Democracy (an organization funded by the U.S. government) and their financial contribution to the instigators of the recall election.

    Citing current economic struggles in some of these newly populist countries can also be misleading, since the general economic downturn has caused suffering everywhere. But perhaps these efforts aren't working as well as thought. At least THESE countries have an excuse: baby steps. What's OUR excuse for such a pitiful economy?

    So the accuracy jury is still out on this one.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars "They don't have US's interest in mind? They certainly don't, they...
    Must see … learn the truth and understand reality. "They don't have US's interest in mind? They certainly don't, they have their interest in mind just like US has its... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Alexander Gray
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
    It was an interesting documentary by Oliver Stone. I would recommend it to anyone that is curious about the Political Leaders of South American.
    Published 5 months ago by James
    5.0 out of 5 stars SOUTH OF THE BORDER
    I was completely satisfied with this purchase. It came promptly and was in the condition as described by the seller. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Elyssa B. Heller
    5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and Terrific!
    This is a fabulous movie which really nails it about US involvement in Latin American where it does not belong. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by pattipie
    1.0 out of 5 stars DVD NOT HAVE SPANISH SUBTITLES
    Hi, I'm a little disappointed, the cover of the DVD is written in the specifications that have Spanish subtitles, but seeing the dvd, the Spanish subtitles are not. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Gerardo Cabezas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Stone is our visual historian.
    South of the Border is immediate, vital and free of the kind of doctrinaire "spin" most of us have come to take for granted in political film. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Shasta Kath
    5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch
    I'm not a big fan of Stone's movies, but this documentary was worth it just to see how different the leaders of other countries are than what we're used to seeing here in America.
    Published 10 months ago by Karen Krieger
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary.
    Well done. The truth must be said no matter the cost. I hope more people watch it and learn from it.
    Published 13 months ago by Donlamarre
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
    Movie played great on my computer. These so-called dictator's seem to be pretty good guys. Now whether the media has made them out to be bad people, or they're just fooling us is... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Cornelio Gutierrez
    5.0 out of 5 stars South American Hero
    I though the movie was very informative about the struggles and victories of Hugo Chavez and his nation. Great film.
    Published 13 months ago by arthur s. robinson
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