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Rated NR · 78 minutes · 2010

Oliver Stone celebrates the slow but steady liberalization of Latin American politics in this colorful road movie, which could hardly be called brutal investigative reporting but still provides a rare corrective to the Fox News cartoon of a continent threatened by Marxist despots. The director scores face time with some of the more interesting political personalities in South America, from Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez (whose bicycle buckles under him during a visit to his hometown) to Bolivian president Evo Morales (who teaches Stone how to chew coca leaves properly) to Argentine president Cristina Kirchner (who busts his chops for asking about her shoe collection). Stone has been pilloried for his softball approach to these powerful figures, but by lending them a sympathetic ear he's still able to present a better overview of the current political climate in Latin America than anything you'll see on U.S. television.
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Director: Oliver Stone
Producer: Jose Ibañez, Oliver Stone, Fernando Sulichin and Robert Wilson

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