South of the Border 2010 NR

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Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements and the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents.

Starring:
Tariq Ali, Raul Castro
Runtime:
1 hour 18 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Oliver Stone
Starring Tariq Ali, Raul Castro
Supporting actors Hugo Chávez, Rafael Correa, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Néstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo, Lula, Evo Morales
Studio Cinema Libre
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I totally enjoyed this documentary about Chavez and encourage all to view it.
Elyssa B. Heller
Chavez of Venezuela comes across as a very good guy in this film, but the Venezuelans that I know and know of all like him.
S. Warfield
I strongly encourage this documentary to learn more about the politics of South America and recommend it highly.
R. Spell

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61 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on July 4, 2010
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 By Roger, New York on 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 By B. G. on October 24, 2010
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 By Still Singin' on 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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