The Revolution, Televised

August 21, 2007


Occasionally, I’m going to post this up, because the more people who see it, the better. It’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, a documentary by two Irish film-makers, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain. While filming a profile of Hugo Chavez in 2002, they were lucky enough to be right in the centre of things when the coup kicked off, and the result is just thrilling. Watching how Chavez’s opponents use lies, intimidation and violence to depose a democratically-elected, hugely popular leader is gripping enough, but when the tide turns, and the people rise up to re-take control, it’s enough to get you cheering.

I know it’s a pain in the arse to watch lengthy things like this on a computer monitor, but once you get ten minutes in, you won’t be able to turn it off. Viva Chavez! Viva Venezuela!


  1. An excellent film, and well worth watching – I second this recommendation.



  2. Fantastic film. Can’t seem to get it on DVD so I’ve converted and burned it for a few friends.

  3. Great recommendation. Did you see the John Pilger’s “The War on Democracy” last night (or in a cinema)? It felt long, but extraordinarily relevant and also had a good profile of the coup.

  4. Talk about being in the wrong place at the right time

  5. Thanks, Trevor, I’ll look out for it.

  6. I can’t believe I wrote “the John Pilger’s”

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