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Cast
Christopher Martin.
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John Pilger.
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John Pilger.
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The War On Democracy
John Pilger's fascinating expose on teh impact of US intervention into Latin American politics.


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Plot
Documentary with journalist, John Pilger, taking on the thorny issue of the US in Latin America.


Review
The War On Democracy

Veteran journalist John Pilger does for the US’ relationship with Latin America what Michael Moore did for its gun obsession in this extraordinary documentary. America’s notions of democracy come across as Orwellian; and, while some animals may indeed be more equal than others, someone clearly forgot to tell the Latin countries.
 
Pilger’s fondness for shots of himself at times detracts from engaging interviews, but his passion and research pay off superbly. Footage and analysis of the 2002 coup against Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, and studies of the small towns and people under the shadow of capitalism elsewhere, make for gripping viewing.


Verdict
A brilliantly-researched and sometimes shocking insight into the democratic position of those countries whose dealings with America are more along the lines of slave than political poodle.


Reviewed by Kat Brown

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Watch and learn

You'll learn more about how the US & UK governments really conduct themselves abroad in 90 minutes of this documentary than you would in a lifetime spent in front of BBC, Sky News, etc. How can that be a bad thing? Also recommend 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' to find out more on how the US govt and Venezuelan elites showed their love of democracy by organising the coup in 2002. ... More

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Posted by Spacegoat at 17:26, 07 April 2010 | Report This Post


good ... More

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Posted by The Gaffer at 14:18, 04 September 2008 | Report This Post


The BS re our fight for other people's 'democracy'

You only have to have the slightest inclination to look at world events to know that the intervention of western powers in the name of 'democracy' is a cover for protecting national interests and empire. Iraq is only the latest, freshest example. This was an excellent documentary which provided an alternative view with facts to back it up and more content than most can handle. See the film. Verify the facts yourself. The powerful are rarely benevolent. They don't need to be. The United States is... More

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Posted by kavabean at 01:39, 23 August 2007 | Report This Post


Simply Superb

I Watched this on ITV. ITV shows tons of crap. This made up for it! Quite frankly, one of the best examinations of US policies and hypocrisies you are ever likely to see. If you want to know why the War On Terror is utter bull, watch this movie. Watch as rich elites - backed by the US - plot to assassinate, torture, rape and execute the poor and vulnerable. Watching this film had the same effect on me as watching 9/11 happen live on telly: I felt sick in my stomach. Most Americans wi... More

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Posted by Sidsnake at 19:28, 21 August 2007 | Report This Post


The War On Democracy

It's on TV! p; The War on Democracy: A Film by John Pilger Monday 20 August 11:00pm - 12:40am ITV1 London New film from award-winning documentary maker John Pilger which suggests that, far from bringing democracy to the world as it claims, the US is doing its best to stifle its progress. Talking exclusively to American government officials, including agents who reveal for the first time on film how the CIA ran its war in Latin America in the 80s, Pilger argues that true popular de... More

Posted by Mason Verger at 15:39, 19 August 2007 | Report This Post


RE: It's bias bull

L: Noir I can't take Pilger seriously when he criticises one country for it's wrong-doings (i.e. 'America the nasty evil capitalist dictatorship' etc) and then have a fondness for real dictators like Chavez.d of clogging up cinema schedules he simply dick-suck Fidel Castro? sp; Sadly, hardly anyone will get to see this in a cinema. Judging by the film's official site, it's hardly showing anywhere. Including the whole of Scotland. As for Pilger, are you saying he is i] to point out the ... More

Posted by Rotary Ten at 20:39, 22 June 2007 | Report This Post


It's bias bull

I can't take Pilger seriously when he criticises one country for it's wrong-doings (i.e. 'America the nasty evil capitalist dictatorship' etc) and then have a fondness for real dictators like Chavez. Instead of clogging up cinema schedules, can't he simply dick-suck Fidel Castro? ... More

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