Latin America rejects neoliberalism

Published on People’s World, by Andre Sepulveda and Jim Lane, July 27, 2010.

Have you ever wondered how seven important Latin American nations are coping while defying the International Monetary Fund and “free trade” neoliberalism? With partial guidance from Tariq Ali and Mark Weisbrot as co-writers, U.S. film director Oliver Stone brings his talent into the effort of explaining something that is entirely new to the south of the United States. As Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Venezuela, to one degree or another, break with imperialism for the first time in our combined American history … // 

… Through their words, we in the film audience examine the “free-trade” economic policies pushed by U.S. finance capital and International Monetary Fund. We see how these policies failed to promote Latin America’s rise, while we share the promise of the present leaders. The film explains that financial depressions in Latin America and resentment over the selling off of natural resources by multinational companies led to the present peoples’ democratic rebellions across the region.

One theme that runs through nearly all of the interviews is distaste for mainstream “news” sources, and particularly those that cloud the views of North Americans. President Morales says flatly that they are his worst enemy. Somewhere within the film, almost every viewer is sure to realize that these important figures have not appeared in interviews on North American television. Almost everything said about them here, the film makes clear, is twisted with ugly, malevolent, outright lies. Director Oliver Stone may not have conducted the best interviews possible, but they are the only open interviews we have seen and are likely to see while corporations throttle the truth in the United States.

Few Hollywood directors expose this bias and it would be hard to avoid admiring the politics and unpredictability. It is an impressive piece of work to store indelibly into memory. Go watch it now! (full text).

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