A film set during the final days before one of the most important presidential elections in Venezuela’s recent history: the re-election of Hugo Chavez.
While some are packing their suitcases others are loading their guns; some saying that they will leave the country if Chávez wins, while others say that a civil war will break out if Capriles wins. For the past 14 years Hugo Chávez has been in power in Venezuela. Spearheading a political vision of socialism and equality he has managed to divide Venezuelan society. His critics protest that he has created a fascist oligarchy petro-state, run by corrupt thugs: seemingly democratic, Chávez’s mission is to create Venezuela in the image of Cuba.
What is undisputable is that Venezuela is in crisis. Systemic violence, 150,000 murders during Chávez’s rule, political and institutional corruption, political intimidation, failing infrastructure, failing health and education systems, failing judicial system, and a failing economy despite being the third largest producer of petrol in the world. This film follows the lead up to the elections from on the ground.
BBC World News, 2012
Directors: Marianela Maldonado and Robin Todd
Producer: Andy Glynne