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Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipulation of Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary people to free themselves from poverty and racism. Since the mid 19th Century Latin America has been the 'backyard' of the US, a collection of mostly vassal states whose compliant and often brutal regimes have reinforced the 'invisibility' of their majority peoples. The film reveals similar CIA policies to be continuing in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. The rise of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez despite ongoing Washington backed efforts to unseat him in spite of his overwhelming mass popularity, is democratic in a way that we have forgotten or abandoned in the west. True Democracy being a solid 80% voter turnout in support of Chavez in over 6 elections.

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John Pilger  Christopher Martin
John Pilger
Christopher Martin  Wayne Young
Executive Producers
Mike Watt  Michael Watt
Dir. of Photography
Preston Clothier


John Pilger

Production Details

Production Completion
Social contemporary
Production Company
Youngheart Entertainment Pty Ltd  Granada Television Pty Ltd


International Sales
Lionsgate Films