m. (jenaimequetoi) wrote in ontd_political,

Trailer of Oliver Stone's "South of the Border"

“Hope to see you in Cochabamba!” a notably chipper Oliver Stone said at the end of a phone conversation last week. Mr. Stone will be in Cochabamba, in central Bolivia, on June 1 to screen his documentary “South of the Border” for an outdoor crowd that is expected to include thousands of indigenous people being gathered by Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales.

The screening is part of a South American road trip intended to find what most documentaries lack: an audience.

Last September, Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, showed up at the Venice Film Festival in support of the film, which explores social transformation under Mr. Chávez and his influence elsewhere in South America. Mr. Chávez and Mr. Morales, who is also featured in the film, were later on hand, along with Susan Sarandon and Courtney Love, for a screening at Lincoln Center in New York.

Now, Mr. Stone is planning to introduce the movie in a series of South American countries, including at least four in which “South of the Border” is set to receive presidential attention.

On May 28, the movie will have a Caracas premiere, with Mr. Chávez, who is apparently quite a fan, on hand. On May 30 Mr. Stone will be in Ecuador with President Rafael Correa; on June 2 in Paraguay, with President Fernando Lugo.

“If Lula is around, he’ll show up,” Mr. Stone predicted. That would be the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who might attend a May 31 premiere in São Paulo.

In all, “South of the Border” is set for release in three dozen countries, including the United States, where Cinema Libre Studios expects to open the film in New York on June 25, and elsewhere later.

Promotional plans for “South of the Border” have firmed up while Mr. Stone finishes “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” to be released in September by 20th Century Fox.

In filming Mr. Chávez, Mr. Stone said, the idea was “to get face time, which we don’t get here without the filters.”


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