THE THREAT - 86'
a documentary film by Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi
DAVID DI DONATELLO 2008 / Nomination Best Documentary
NEW YORK YOUNG FILMAKERS PRIZE / Best Documentary
FESTIVAL DEL DOCUMENTARIO D'ABRUZZO / Best Documentary
FESTIVAL DE CINE DE BOGOTA'
ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
JIHLAVA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
broadcasted by Rai3 (Italy), Current Tv (Italy), NHK (Japan), TV4 (Sweden and Finland).
“Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution are the greatest threat since the time of the Soviet Union and communism”. Doctrine for Asymmetric War Against Venezuela, U.S. Army, 2006
This is the starting point for a journey across the country which gave rise to the red wave in Latin America. Does Venezuela represent the dream of a new socialist society or is it just another distortion of populism and dictatorship?
A trip with President Chávez over the largest oil reserve in the world, situated beneath the Orinoco river, becomes the occasion in which to enter into the lives of Venezuelans, nine years after the beginning of the Bolivarian revolution. The government missions to fight illiteracy and hunger, the creation of a public health care system and the development of an economy based on cooperative work are some of the achievements which characterize the Chávez era.
On the other hand are the country’s 60 violent deaths a week and its collapsing hospitals, the closure of the most popular television channel, the old European immigrants in flight, the opposition black list and the ubiquitous government propaganda.
Venezuela en route to socialism: is this still possible in our post-ideological times?