Chavez: Inside the Coup (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised)
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Chavez: Inside the Coup (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised)
Taking its title from a poem/song by Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is an award-winning international documentary. Irish filmmakers Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain went to Venezuela to make a documentary about the charismatic, democratically elected president, Hugo Chavez. Very popular with the Venezuelan people, Chavez is a firm supporter of socialism and a redistribution of wealth from the oil profits in his country. He's also an outspoken opponent of the Bush administration's tactics in Afghanistan. In April 2002, the filmmakers ended up witnessing the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Compelling and immediate."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A gripping, nearly perfect documentary, chronicling a heart-stopping rise, fall and triumphant reversal in the space of its 74-minute running time."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"Revolution... is not just a portrait of a fascinating, paradoxical leader but of a vibrant people and culture long-hidden by our own media."
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"A remarkable example of the power of film to capture unfolding historic events."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"A tense, rapid-paced political drama."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A rough-edged work of journalism that is as gripping as a thriller."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Everything's real -- the shouting, the dissonance, the worry."
‑ Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A thrilling, expertly assembled argument against regime change."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"An eye-opener that focuses on world-shaking events and makes you feel like you are there."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Does at least make you want to find out more about Venezuelan politics -- as well as U.S. foreign policy regarding the country, so on that score it succeeds."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Fascinating, informative and chilling."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Stands as our best chance to understand what happened in Caracas, even if the filmmakers' pro-Chavez stance should send you to alternate sources for the larger picture."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The big story here is neither the coup, nor the countercoup, but the spread of constitutional values to the people of Venezuela."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"It gives us a sense of Venezuela's political and social climate in April 2002, and in that regard it is most fascinating."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Bartley and O'Briain can be accused of being biased about their subject, Chavez, but show me a documentary film... that does not take sides."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews