The Community Language and Culture Bank is proud to present "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," a powerful documentary depicting the Venezuelan coup of 2002. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session featuring Venezuelan speakers.
On April 12th 2002, the world awoke to the news that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had been removed from office and had been replaced by a new interim government. News reports carried stories of the mayhem in Caracas, where 11 people had been killed in what were alleged to have been bloody street battles between Chavez supporters and an opposition march. Viewers all over the world were led to believe that Chavez had ordered the killings, and had subsequently been forced to resign. What had, in fact, taken place was the first Latin American coup of the 21st century, and probably the world's first media coup.
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" recalls the famous poem by Gil Scott-Heron, but the title precisely refers to the central role of the Venezuelan media, especially the private television networks, in advocating, preparing, and indeed directly participating in the coup. The film, which contains footage of unprecedented access to both Chavez and the coup itself, sets out the epic story of Chavez's personal history and provides compelling insight into why the coup took place
This award-winning documentary's meticulous journalism exposes the mendacious journalism of others. A combination of intelligence, passion, and humor illuminates this controversial tale of big oil, international intrigue, charismatic leadership, class struggle, revolution and—ultimately—the hopes of people for real democracy.
For more information about the film, visit http://www.chavezthefilm.com
Free and Open to the Public
Where: Pacific NW College of Art - 1241 NW Johnson
When: Saturday, June 28 - 5:00 to 7:30 PM