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Venezuela

500 Anos Descrubriendo a Venezuela.

Contents: Venezuela: 500 anos en el mapa (15 min.) -- Venezuela, Vale la pena probarla! (9 min.). The first film consists of a compilation of scenes from various motion pictures filmed in Venezuela. The second film follows filmmakers as they traverse rural and city areas of Venezuala to create a travelogue. 1998.

Caracas, the informal city Caracas, The Informal City

Over the last decade, Caracas, the most violent megacity on the South-American continent, has drawn in millions of migrants. Now more than four out of its six million inhabitants live in self built constructions in the barrios where only the laws of the strong rule. This is the first documentary to tell the inside story of these new informal urban developments. Through Caracas, as a prototype, the film explores the exploding urbanization witnessed on the African, Asian and South-American continents -- and the great debate over globalization, architecture and the future of society.

Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America

Interviews with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, head of the Venezuelan Armed Forces Jorge Garcia Carneiro, and other Venezuelans involved in the country's social programs. Chavez discusses the "Bolivarian revolution," the policies of his administration, the role of oil in the Venezuelan economy and relations with the United States. Garcia Carneiro discusses the failed coup against Chavez in 2002. Directed by Alex Keeble. c2004. 55 min.

FALN

A critical examination of the reasons for the guerrilla struggle of the Armed Forces of National Liberation in Venezuela, beginning with the 1958 overthrow of dictator Perez Jimenez, and the flawed attempts at social reform by Romula Betancourt's government, to the 1962 emergence of the national liberation movement, the FALN which, failing to gain the support of the nation's poor, largely dissipated by the end of the decade. Incorporating archival footage and original scenes, the film also draws parallels with American foreign policy in other countries, particularly Vietnam.

Hugo Chavez

Details the rise of the Chavez government in Venezuela and the challenges it has faced in reforming the South American nation's economy and political culture. Incorporating incisive commentary from Venezuelan journalists, academics, and opposition leaders as well as in-depth interviews with Chavez himself; this case study in developing-world politics provides a penetrating look at a confrontational and transformative head of state. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 54 min.

Journey with the Revolution

A journey into the heart of the Venezuelan revolution. Meet the midwives, nurses, doctors, housewives, teachers, and gay and disability activists who are transforming Venezuela. Visit health clinics, soup kitchens, land committees, education and micro-credit programmes. Directed by Finn Arden and Nina Lopez. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2006. 61 min.

Juan Felix Sanchez

Juan Felix Sanchez is a Venezuelan folk artist who is a legend in his own time. This sensitive, poetic portrait explores the life and works of the artist who has lived for decades in a lush valley 12,000 feet up in the Andes. Captures his passion, purity and optimism, and shows some of his work in weaving, sculpture, and architecture. c198?. 30 min.

Jump Over the Atlantic (Salto al Atlantico)

This film traces the similarities and cultural continuities between a small Afro-Venezuelan settlement in Barlovento (Estado Miranda, Venezuela) and the Belgian Congo in Africa, where people were captured as slaves in the nineteenth century. Showcases the everyday and traditional cultural practices that the two groups share: music, dance, and musical instruments, many words, food, dress, crafts, healing herbs and even hairstyles. A film by Maria Eugenia Esparragoza. 1990. 28 min.

Listen to Venezuela

In the early 21st century takes the viewer into a contemporary revolution and extraordinary experiment in radical democracy and social justice in Venezuela, where ordinary people have rejected the neo-liberal capitalism that has been imposed the world over. In the west, democracy has been drained of any substantive connection with popular power and accountability. In Venezuela, the once marginalised majority have become political actors in a story they have reclaimed from the Venezuelan oligarchy, western business interests and political domination from Washington.

Mosori Monika

A documentary about two contrasting cultures. Spanish Franciscan Missionaries went to Venezuela in 1945 to civilize the Warrau Indians, who live on the Orinoco River Delta in relative isolation. On the surface the relationship between the Indians and the missionaries is simple, however the life- style of the Warrau Indians has been permanently altered. Photography, editing, direction, Chick Strand ; produced by Colin Young. 1970. 20 min.

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