South of the Border

Synopsis: 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 Chavez (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 Raul Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Oliver Stone
Production: Republic
78 min

Right. Something I never knew it. . .

I know that there are dictators

around the world. . .

but you knew that some

dictators today. . .

apparently, it is assumed,

're addicted to drugs?

This explains many things. Hugo Chavez

admitted in a speech. . .

which, incidentally, was

largely unheralded ...

he chews every day''''cocoa,


He also eats something

he calls''cocoa paste.''

That's something addictive. And the dictator

Bolivia is your supplier.

- What did you say?

- It's "coca."



, Cocoa. . .

Cocoa-would not be problem.


I do not know very well

name drugs.

What a shame. For a moment

when he said cocoa. . .

I imagined people all over the country

Cocoa Puffs''spitting''.

They thought they would feel

it was great today.

I prefer Ovaltine''''

but now is not time for that.

What she is saying. . .

I also read it.

but the reporters wanted to know:

''What is he saying?''

He buys cocoa paste''.'' . .


-''Coca''. Confuse you.

Buy the folder. . .

Bolivia! The dictator.

He is also a dictator?

Millions of people watch

these programs regularly.

Day and night.

In the United States.

They believe what they see?

I hope not.

But broadcasters and press

more serious in the U.S. and Europe ...

follow the advice of Bush ...

and divided the world into friends:

That is, leaders who are

we want to do.

And enemies:
Leaders who tend

to disagree with us.

Raul Castro

and the dictator Hugo Chavez ...


the Bush administration.

I think we should see. . .

Venezuela's government as

a negative force in this region.

This is the new Venezuela.

Being built with his own

money derived from petroleum.

Caracas is one of the places

most beautiful of the Americas ...

due to the wise use

of national income from oil.

Approximately half of the profits

derived from oil sales.

The domestic policy is to use

oil profits back Condo nation ...

buildings for physical,

new industries and public welfare.

After all, made a big mistake

Iraq recently.

And the bigger the lie,

more often it repeats.

We have concrete evidence. . .

the presence of members

Al Qaeda in Iraq.

With the help of the media to repeat

statements of the Bush administration ...

over 70% of Americans

're convinced ...

that Saddam Hussein

was involved ...

the massacre of September 11.

Is there any concrete evidence?

Concrete evidence

is an interesting statement.

The concrete evidence. . .

that may come in the form

of a mushroom cloud.

Why are we here?

This is the point.

Why are we here,

this war?

Where are the nukes?

Why it took so long for you,

Walt, questioning the vice pres. Dick Cheney?

We waited until 2007

for you piss him off!

It's a fair question e. . .

I saw Dr. Sanjay Gupta. . .

involved with the troops

early in the war.

He and the rest of you

traditional media. . .

refuse to ask questions

difficult for our leaders. . .

and demand honest answers.

So we're in this war.

Five years at war.

Because you, CNN ...

Dr. Gupta did not do his duty

and now we're in this mess.

The same strategy in Iraq was

Employed ...

revolts in South America

The electoral victory of Hugo Chavez ...

despite much opposition ...

was a triumph

for Venezuelan democracy.

But there is a problem

with democracy.

As it is practiced in the south ...

can topple politicians

who refuse ...

to accept the rules of Washington.

According to our leaders,

the elected president of Venezuela ...

Hugo Chavez, was

and continues to be a dictator.

The world's worst dictators:

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Mark Weisbrot

Mark Alan Weisbrot is an American economist and columnist. He is co-director with Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, D.C. Weisbrot is President of Just Foreign Policy, a non-governmental organization dedicated to reforming United States foreign policy. more…

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