Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review: South of the Border

Review: South of the Border

Black Bird Press Review

From: Nefertitti Jackmon
Sent: Wed, July 21, 2010 8:30:02 AM
Subject: Oliver Stone's SOUTH OF THE BORDER

I had an opportunity to view South of the Border this past Monday. It discusses the socialist movement that is sweeping Latin America. I was not surprised by any of the information that I saw in the film, but I was further empowered. My father (Marvin X) has been sharing with me (and others) much of what was shown in the film. What it did reveal to me is that revolutionary change is possible even within my lifetime. It is not an idealistic dream of some people from the '60's. The seeds of change have been sown, they are growing and they can either blossom or be destroyed. Our knowledge and our understanding of our role in this world will either fuel this growth or kill the potential for positive change fueled by THE PEOPLE.

What you will note in the documentary is that the countries that embraced changed were empowered by the masses of the people. There are many who are upset over what has occurred in Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, and Cuba, but this is the ruling minority. The minority who for years have controlled the wealth; they are afraid that their wealth and their way of living will diminish. This is true all over the world, even in the United States. Yesterday I heard a U.S. Senator discussing his lack of satisfaction with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. He said that he is afraid of the change that is taking place in this country (he was speaking specifically in terms of the changes in the process of how the Senators agreed on her nomination) but to me it was symbolic of the overall fear that the wealthy/ruling minority fear will occur if Obama is bold enough to fulfill some of his campaign rhetoric.

The Latin leaders even challenged Barak Obama to show his solidarity with the people. They suggested that there were merely three conditions that must be met to show that he's concerned/unified with the people:

1) Pull out of the wars in the Middle East
2) Gosh, I'm so old and I forgot the second one, it was good
3) Invite Hugo Chavez to the U.S. (they all laughed)

So just two, and when I heard what they said, I felt that if he would follow through on those he would be worthy of the Nobel Prize which he has already been awarded.

The challenge is for us to encourage our brothers and sisters in African and Caribbean nations to look to the few strong leaders in Latin America who are charting a new destiny for their people. They have their own unique form of democracy, socialism and capitalism. Think out of the box, there's more than one way to get things done.

Go see the film and make your own informed decision.

To the Bolivarian Revolution!

Peace and Blessings,


Subject: Oliver Stone's SOUTH OF THE BORDER opens Friday 7/23 in HOUSTON
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:39:51 -0700

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Oliver Stone’s new documentary SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Opens Friday July 23rd in HOUSTON!


PROVOCATIVE...Oliver Stone’s celebration of the leftward tilt of South American politics comes as a cheerful surprise.”
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"An EYE-OPENING DOCUMENTARY...captures South America in a paradigm shift, wrenching itself free of centuries of colonial control."
- Owen Gleiberman,


"Oscar-winning director STRIKES ONCE AGAIN into the political heart of darkness"
- Laura Emerick, Chicago Sun-Times

Synopsis: There’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nėstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.


2949 Dunvale Rd., Houston, TX 77063 • (713) 977-4431

Don’t miss Q&A on 7/23 after the main evening show with Luis Duno-Gottberg,
Associate Professor of Caribbean and Film Studies at Rice University

Ticket Pricing:

Adult: $9.75 - After 4:00 pm

Child: $6.75 - Age 2 - 12

Matinee: $7.75 - Before 3:55 pm

Senior: $8.75 - Age 60+

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South of the Border will play in these theaters and more nationwide:
Cinema Village
Los Angeles
Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex and Laemmle’s Town Center
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7
San Francisco
Sundance Kabuki Cinema

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

Palm Springs
Cinemas Palme d’Or
July 23
Harkins Valley Art

AMC Grand 24

AMC Studio 30

New Orleans
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center
July 30
Showplace ICON at The West End

Santa Barbara
Regal Meridian 16
Plaza d'Oro

Living Room Theaters
August 6
Salem (OR)
High Street Cinema


Since hitting the big screen, SOUTH OF THE BORDER has been generating some heat!
· FAIR's Peter Hart weighs in on right-wing journalists and their coverage of the film and in particular the Larry Rohter of The New York Times.
· FOX& Friends lashed out and and attacked “South of the Border,” spreading outrageous ignorance in the guise of news.
· Activists in Los Angeles mobilized to counter a protest of the film organized by the Venezuelan opposition - Anne Thompson/Indiewire and Steve Pond/The Wrap report.
Some interviews, commentaries and reviews:

· The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday interviews Stone.
· Naomi Campbell interviews Venezuelan President, Hugo Chávez in GQ.
· Chicago Reader - "a better overview of the current political climate in Latin America than anything you’ll see on U.S. television." Review.
· Mark Weisbrot's recent Op-Ed: "Washington Still Has Problems With Democracy in Latin America."

Or, compare your knowledge about South America with some of journalism’s best…

Vote: Dumbest Mistake in a "South of the Border" Review!

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