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Chavez: Inside the Coup
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Ireland 2002 video 74min
Dirs: Kim Bartley & Donnacha O'Briain

Bartley & O'Briain went to Venezuela expecting to make an intimate profile of Hugo Chavez, the maverick president who's become a new icon of the left. They got more than they bargained for. Chavez's attempts to redistribute his country's vast oil wealth inevitably made him many enemies whose smear campaigns, orchestrated through private TV channels, culminated in last year's coup. With the luck of the Irish, the filmmakers found themselves inside the presidential palace as soldiers carted Chavez off to a secret destination - only to return him 48 hours later amid widespread street protests. A thrilling look behind-the-scenes at a failed coup and a dramatic illustration of the mass media's power to distort reality and manipulate public opinion.

Courtesy of Power Pictures 2002 Ltd
Global Television Grand Prize, BANFF Rockie Awards 2003

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