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Thunder in Guyana

New York historian Suzanne Wasserman makes her directing debut with this admiring video documentary about her cousin, Janet Rosenberg-Jagan, who was elected president of Guyana in 1997. Born in Chicago in 1920 and radicalized in college, Rosenberg scandalized her parents by marrying an East Indian and moving to British Guiana, where she and her husband, Chedi Jagan, led the national struggle for independence. It's an amazing political love story, with dishy commentary from family members about the couple's mixed-race marriage and documentation of the CIA campaign against Chedi's prime ministry in the 50s and 60s. But Wasserman's frame of reference is too narrow to permit a serious history of her cousin's politics—Rosenberg-Jagan's 20-month presidency, which was marked by an economic downturn and fierce resistance from the rival Afro-Guyanese party, is covered in a single sentence. In Spanish with subtitles. 50 min.


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