The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is a powerful documentary about the charismatic and controversial President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez. It charts the seven-month run-up to the dramatic attempt to overthrow him in April of 2002, and provides an eyewitness account of the coup d'etat and the extraordinary return to power of Chávez some 48 hours later. Unique footage of Chávez, the new icon of the Left and thorn in the side of the Bush administration, is assembled in this electrifying documentary.
The screening will be introduced by the film's co-executive producer, Rod Stoneman, who has recently published a book outlining how this popular and prize-winning documentary soon came subject to extensive attack (including a formal BBC enquiry.) He will discuss the production and reception of this controversial work, in the context of the contemporary global economy of the media.
Dirs. Kim Bartley & Donnacha O'Briain, 2003, digital presentation, 74 min.