Hugo Chavez Documentary: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

10/21/09 Robert Lorei
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Coming up on Radioactivity today- an interview with the executive producer of the controversial film The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

The Revolution Will Not be Televised is a film about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the seven-month run-up to the dramatic attempt to overthrow him in April 2002. The film provides an eye-witness account of the coup d'etat and the extraordinary return to power of Chavez some 48 hours later.

Our guest is Rod Stoneman, executive producer of the film and author of Chavez: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: A Case of Study of Politics and The Media (Wallflower Press, 2008).

  • The accompanying book outlines how a popular and prize-winning documentary became controversial and subject to extensive attack including a formal BBC inquiry. It describes the production and reception of a documentary that shocked an entire country, in the context of the contemporary global economy of the media. Together, the book and the film illuminate contemporary politics in Latin America and raise key questions for documentary filmmaking and film studies.

ABOUT THE FILM: A television crew from Ireland's national broadcaster happened to be in Venezuela creating a documentary about President Hugo Chavez during the 2002 coup which briefly deposed him. The documentary that emerged, exploring the complex roots of the situation as well as the distortions in the media coverage, received both high praise from critics and a great deal of controversy. The executive producer of the documentary, Rod Stoneman, has recently published a book (as an accompaniment to the film) detailing the facts that led up to the coup.

ABOUT ROD STONEMAN, executive producer: Rod Stoneman is Director of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was previously Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board and a Deputy Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 Television. Stoneman has also made a number of documentaries for television.

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