South of the Border
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There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America, while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Néstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro (Cuba),… More

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"What's frustrating about the film is that even though it's clear Stone is making a number of valid and important points about both media manipulation and America's untoward political influence, he's also so obviously biased in his reporting."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"South of the Border offers valuable historical, social and political context, particularly if you aren't an international-news junkie."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Having been conquered, liberated, invaded, beaten, killed and 'Christianized' for centuries, it is cheering to see the collective progress made by most South American countries in mapping their futures by governing themselves."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Worth watching, while keeping its bias in mind, as an introduction to the political events in South America during the last decade."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The film is one-sided, but it's a side rarely seen by U.S. audiences, most of whom get their news from sources including FOX, CNN and even The New York Times. (Stone skewers the lot.)"
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Stone has a crucial, overlooked viewpoint to impart, but as a documentary filmmaker, his content and technique are not terribly engaging."
‑ Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe
"Oliver Stone might not be the ideal reporter to send on a truth-seeking mission to South America, but if nobody else wants to do it, we have to take what we can get."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"There is much still to uncover South of the Border and Stone has only sold us one side of it...with so much left to uncover South of the Border is missing it's edge."
‑ Jolene Mendez, Entertainment Spectrum
"The DVD is chock-a-block with 90-minutes of extras [that] make a value-added package worth renting."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A missed opportunity to tell us more than Fox News is bias."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It looks like raw notes and impressions for a future novel."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A personal, maddeningly blinkered travelogue through Latin America that, for all its willful naivete, offers a valuable glimpse of historical and social change."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"SOUTH OF THE BORDER points to the need of a good contemporary study of South American political movement rather than actually filling that vacancy."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"While it may sound dry on the surface, Stone packs his movie with enough provocative insights to keep the audience invested."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Oliver Stone proves himself to be the anti-Michael Moore; he speaks softly, understanding that it must be the voices of Chavez, Morales, Castro, et al, that resonate most profoundly."
‑ Simon Foster,
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