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01 • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

[2002] In April 2002, an Irish film crew happened to be filming a documentary about Hugo Chávez when a CIA-directed military coup suddenly deseated him. In the confusion, their cameras were still rolling in the Presidential Palace as the conspiracy unfolded and the state TV channel was taken off the air. Not to be missed.

→ WATCH HERE (74min)


02 • No Volverán: The Venezuelan Revolution

[2006] Filmed by a foreign delegation from Hands Off Venezuela, No Volverán (“They Won’t Return”) takes the viewer into a hillside barrio, where the community has thrown the police out of one building and set up a local radio station. It serves to provide a snapshot of popular power around the time of the Dec. ‘06 general election.

→ WATCH HERE (88min)


 03 • Venezuela Desde Abajo

[2004] This native production is translated as “Venezuela From Below”. Speakers include workers of PDVSA and cooperatives, loan recipients of a woman’s bank project, and indigenous community members. These participants in the revolutionary process give valuable insights into their ongoing struggle, and expectations.

→ WATCH HERE (67min)


04 • Venezuela Bolivariana: People and the struggle of the 4th world war

[2004] Venezuela Bolivariana is a native production, subtitled in both English and Spanish, which examines the revolution in the context of the global movement against capitalist globalization. From the Caracazo riots of 1989 to the defeated coup d’état in 2002, we see a popular struggle transcending national frontiers.

→ WATCH HERE (76min)


05 • The Well-Oiled Revolution of Hugo Chavez

[2007] This is a Dutch documentary which seeks to present a comprehensive picture of events in modern Venezuela. Cooperatives enterprises, Cuban doctors, and subsidized food stores show “what Chávez has planned for his country and the wider world, and how his revolution is tearing Venezuela in two.”

→ WATCH HERE (48min)


06 • Tocar y Luchar

[2006] Translated as “To Play And To Struggle”, this documentary is about a system which teaches classical instruments to otherwise underprivileged and vulnerable youth. The Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System is now an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of the country’s towns and villages.

→ WATCH HERE (72min)


07 • Un Mundo Por Ganar

[2005] In the summer of 2005, 15,000 youth from 140 countries came to Caracas for the 16th Youth and Students’ World Congress. This video record, titled “A World To Be Won”, features footage of the Congress, and opinions from a range of participants, including Luis Britto Garcia, the acclaimed Venezuelan author.

→ WATCH HERE (41min)


08 • Fíorscéal: Réabhlóid Chávez

[2006] This French production, presented in Irish Gaelic with English subtitles, introduces the viewer to various elements of the new society, including a Bolivarian school (with contributions from the head teacher), a community TV station, Misión Identidad, the literacy mission, and poor barrio residents applying for land titles.

→ WATCH 1/2 HERE + 2/2 HERE (52min)


09 • Venezuela: A Radical Social Analysis

[2008] A visiting delegation from California State University made this film during an 11-day tour in the summer of 2008. They spoke with lawyer/author Eva Golinger, former presidential candidate Salas Romer, various state officials, professors, cooperative workers, ordinary Venezuelans and foreigners.

→ WATCH HERE (75min)


10 • The War On Democracy

[2006] John Pilger’s latest film focuses on Latin America as the territory most affected by US aggression and subversion. Hugo Chávez grants an interview, with the film dedicating a significant portion to Venezuela. “The film tells a universal story,” says Pilger, “revealing the story of great power behind its venerable myths.”

→ WATCH HERE (91min)


 11 • Workers’ Control in Venezuela

[2009] A ViVe-produced documentary exploring the movements behind occupied factories and workers’ control in Venezuela. From the Mitsubishi auto plant to the Inveval valve plant; from the Gotcha t-shirt factory to the INAF hardware factory, workers young and old, male and female, tell their stories.

→ WATCH HERE (39min)


12 • El Caracazo

[2005] Un film de Román Chalbaud, Venezuela, 2005, 110 mn. El Caracazo s’avère un fait historique paradoxal. Lorsque Francis Fukuyama annonce « La Fin de l’Histoire », symbole discursif du triomphe du capitalisme sous sa forme néolibérale, le peuple vénézuélien se soulève contre un ensemble de mesures économiques du Fond Monétaire International. Les manifestations à Guarenas réveillent la société vénézuélienne le 27 février 1989 et, petit à petit, celles-ci se répandent vers Caracas et d’autres villes du pays. Ce qui avait commencé comme des manifestations spontanées, devient très rapidement une révolte populaire que le gouvernement ne tarde pas à réprimer avec l’armée. El Caracazo constitue un des événements politiques les plus marquants de l’histoire politique contemporaine du Venezuela. Son importance prend sa source non seulement dans la contestation de l’ordre néolibéral, mais surtout dans la rupture qui s’est produite dans la légitimité culturelle du système ...

→ WATCH HERE (110min)



El Caracazo - Desastre en Venezuela (109min)
Tocar y Luchar - Orquestas en Venezuela (72min)
Un Mundo Por Ganar - Extranjeros en Venezuela (42min)
Cuando La Brْjula Marcَ El Sur - Historia de Vzla (90min)
Un Otro Mundo Es Posible - Cambio en Venezuela (85min)
Reafirmando La Revolucion - Procesos en Venezuela (93min)
Carimba, Marcada En Mi Piel - Racismo en Venezuela (40min)
Venezuela Venezuelatik - Entrevistas en Venezuela (117min)
Chavez - Un Lider, Un Pueblo - Liderazgo en Venezuela (46min)



• [2005] Chavez discusses the defeat of the US-led FTAA "trade agreement".
(Part 1/7) (Part 2/7) (Part 3/7) (Part 4/7) (Part 5/7) (Part 6/7) (Part 7/7)

• [2006] At the UN General Assembly, Chavez recommends a Chomsky book, and likens George Bush to the devil. (Part 1/3) (Part 2/3) (Part 3/3)

• [2006] On Al-Jazeera TV, Chavez expresses solidarity with the Middle East, and denounces the imperial aggression of the US and Israel. (Part 1/1)

• [2006] Speaking in London, Chavez talks about Iraq, the urgency required to break from capitalism, and his potential assassination. (Part 1/2) (Part 2/2)

• [2007] At a press conference in Miraflores, the presidential palace, Chavez says democracy and capitalism cannot coexist. (Part 1/3) (Part 2/3) (Part 3/3)

• [2007] In a football stadium in Buenos Aires, a visiting Chavez addresses George Bush, who at the time in neighbouring Uruguay. (Part 1/1)

• [2008] During his Sunday TV show, Chavez talks with some workers about the need for education, and the history and morality of Christianity. (Part 1/1)

• [2008] Chavez addresses the Commander of the Armed Forces in Bolivia, a potential accomplice of the opposition. (Part 1/1)

• [2008] On September 11th 2008, Chavez expels the US ambassador before a mass rally, in solidarity with Bolivia's decision to do the same. (Part 1/1)

• [2008] As the global economic paradigm spirals into crisis, Chavez calls for the IMF to be wiped from the pages of history. (Part 1/1)


>> Aaron Kappeler, a grad student from Toronto Uni, talks in the spring of 2008 after having spent two months in Venezuela doing fieldwork. Includes clips from "5 Factories", a documentary about cooperatives. (Part 1/1)

>> Mike Gonzalez visited Caracas in the summer of 2007, and gave this speech upon his return to a London meeting organised by the Socialist Workers Party. He is a leading member of Britain's SWP. (Part 1/2) (Part 2/2)

>> Nelson Rodriguez is a worker at INVEVAL, a valve manufacturing company that has been under workers' control since April 2005. He speaks in 2007 with translation from Hands Off Venezuela's Jorge Martin. (Part 1/1)

>> Greg Wilpert of Venezuelanalysis.com describes in 2006 the grassroots organizing and social policies that are empowering the poor of Venezuela, and how oil money is used to provide health and education services. (Part 1/1)

>> Martin Sanchez, Venezuelan Consul for Chicago, focused on recent developments in his talk on "The Struggle for Self-Determination in Venezuela" at the Midwest Socialist Conference (Univ. of Illinois, Nov. 2007). (Part 1/1)

>> Charles Hardy is a former Catholic priest who has lived in Venezuela for the past twenty years, with eight of those in a Caracas barrio pre-Chavez. He is the author of Cowboy in Caracas. This speech is from 2007. (Part 1/1)

>> Alan Woods speaks at the HOV UK Conference 2006, on the revolutionary process taking place in Venezuela to date, it's achievements, and the challenges ahead. Alan is the founder of Hands Off Venezuela. (Part 1/1)

>> Celia Hart (1963-2008) was a Cuban Trotskyist, scientist, lecturer, and author. Here she talks with translation at "A World In Revolt", Prospects for Socialist Revolution in Venezuela and Latin America, in May 2008. (Part 1/1)

>> Eva Golinger is a Venezuelan-American attorney, writer and investigator living in Venezuela. She gave this talk in early 2008 about U.S. intervention in the political process. (Part 1/4) (Part 2/4) (Part 3/4) (Part 4/4)

>> Dr. Maria Paez Victor, a Venezuelan sociologist, Cynthia Cisneros Fajardo, an indigenous journalist, and John Riddell, an activist in Venezuela, host the "People Against Empire" meeting, Sept. 2008. (Part 1/3) (Part 2/3) (Part 3/3)

>> Peter McLaren, the pedagogist, and Michael Lebowitz, author, discuss "Pedagogy, Human Development and Socialism" in a meeting filmed by the Frente Francisco de Miranda in September 2006. (Part 1/1)




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