Revolution NOT Televised - film (music)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
7:00 PM

Media Education Foundation - community meeting space
60 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA  USA


THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED Directed and Photographed by Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain Running time: 74 minutes, English narration, some Spanish.

This film concerns events around the short-lived coup d'etat of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela on April 12th 2002. "What had in fact taken place was the first Latin American coup of the 21st century, and the world's first media coup."

"Sometimes, a good documentary is all about being in the right place at the right time. It does not get much better for Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain, who, in late 2001 began filming a documentary about Hugo Chavez, the controversial President of Venezuela. As they worked on their documentary, events in Venezuela reached a fever pitch and the duo was able to capture on film a coup from the perspective of the Chavez government. The footage is remarkable, especially given that actual events were so clouded by propaganda on both sides. What is clear is that this was a coup orchestrated with the crucial help of the media. Without their support, it would not have been successful."

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" was first broadcast in Europe in February 2003 and since then has been aired on a variety of national TV stations including the BBC, ZDF (Germany), Arte (France), and NPS ( Holland) as well as at numerous international film festivals. In Venezuela the film had its first airing on national TV in April 2003.

Democracy Now! featured a report on the film on November 6th, 2003: Why is Amnesty Not Screening a New Documentary About the Failed 2002 Coup in Venezuela?

"In February 2002, Chavez announced his plan to shake up the state oil company and to put his own people on the Management board. The war had begun.."

Yet more than about war, this film is about popular movements and democracy, and about a nonviolent revolution where communications can over-ride the will of a corporate-military-media complex for justice, freedom, and human rights.

This is an uplifting film, and a music celebration follows film. Please bring your music instruments for a jam or performance. This April 11-13 is the 7th anniversary of the failed coup d'etat.. time to celebrate a victory!