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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was elected to the presidency in 1998. His platform called for a wholesale rejection of globalization and what he called the "savage project of neo-liberalism" - which had been embraced by President Carlos Andrés Pérez - to be replaced with a radical nationalism that appealed to the country's impoverished majority. So it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise that a coup was engineered by supporters of past president Pérez. The good fortune of the Irish filmmakers who were in the country making a documentary on Chávez meant that the entire process, as recorded in interviews and footage from both sides (something the country's media wasn't adept at) gave a clear picture of how the attempted coup was orchestrated.

No Volveran - The Venezualan Revolution Now

Behind the bold policies of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is a revolutionary mass movement that is saying NO to capitalism, and attempting to change the course of Latin American history.

Journey deep into the barrios, out to the factories and into the heart of the revolution to find out why there is a movement to transform society. Meet the people who are fighting for power in their communities, and taking control of their work places. Follow the factory workers of Sanitarios Maracay in their struggle against sabotage and corruption, as they pave the way forward with their unprecedented campaign for full nationalisation under workers’ control.

In this feature length documentary, meet many of the key revolutionary figures to find out how they are trying to build socialism of the 21st century, and how it is changing peoples lives.

Summary of Venezuela 2017

The perception outside Venezuela is completely at odds with the reality on the ground. The whole ‘failed state’ thing – it’s just issues in economy being blown up. Unemployment in Venezuela is only 6.6%, foreign debt payments are being made on time. GDP is rising. Venezuela is not in an economic crisis, it’s in an economic war.

Of course there are problems from the fall in oil prices, but all the things being portrayed big in the media are created by the opposition – the violence, the shortages. There’s an attempt to create an opportunity for the western, mainstream media to say ‘this country is screwed’ so it can be ‘rescued’.

But it’s not the government screwing up the economy – that’s being done by big corporate monopolies. It’s not the government instigating the violence – that’s originating with the protesters, who are backed and even paid by corporations and even outside governments. And it’s all for the purpose of overthrowing democracy, not saving it.


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