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Challenging Chavez
In a country divided between those who see Chavez as a hero and those who see him as a dictator one man is speaking out.
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2011 11:21
 



Activist: Villca Fernandez, Movement 13

Filmmaker: Luis Del Valle

Hugo Chavez is a hero to many of his typically middle and working class supporters. But now some are beginning to question the Venezuelan president who they believe is increasingly acting like a dictator by restricting their freedoms and attacking an independent judiciary.

This film follows the charismatic leader of a student movement, Movement 13, that is trying to challenge Chavez. Villca Fernandez takes his group on a cross country journey to Caracas, the capital, to celebrate Venezuela's Independence Day in their own way.

"I grew up in a country where democracy existed and liberties were respected. Like any democracy in the world, the one I knew had its good points and its faults.

This is a country that has everything to be one of the richest in the region, but today it is one of the poorest. It has high levels of insecurity and a polarised society [that is] full of hatred. This has been promoted by Chavez, a man who is taking us to a fascist system similar to Cuba, where someone that thinks differently is prosecuted."

Villca Fernandez, activist

Their plan: To get media attention. But on the eve of their protests it is announced that Chavez has cancer. The struggle for attention gets harder and a fellow student is arrested. Can they remain determined and united?

 
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