Saturday 21 April 2018

Rod Stoneman: My small part in Chavez's Venezuelan revolution

HEARING of Hugo Chavez for the first time in 2001 when Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain walked into my office at the Irish Film Board to propose the documentary that eventually became 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', I scrambled to the internet to find more background information about this new brand of Latin American leader.

Across the 14 years since becoming president in 1999, the world would become more familiar with this politician known for his charismatic personal touch, responding to citizens during the three-hour Alo Presidente, his informal weekly TV programme.

He moved into Miraflores Palace in 1998 with a promise to sweep away the corruption of several decades, and outlined an alternative project for Venezuela, and Latin America, shunning the economic liberalism imported from the US.

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