[OPE-L:8607] Re: 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'

From: Paul Bullock (paulbullock@ebms-ltd.co.uk)
Date: Thu Mar 13 2003 - 17:21:06 EST


the article on venezuela in the Irish Times you've passed on was used in a much more detailed account given in  July 2002 in FRFI, where as many direct accounts were incorporated as possible. You can find it on 


press the Fight Rascism.Fight Imperialism : button, top left,  go to number 167 and click on 'Defeated Coup' and also 'Background'.

best regards


best regards

Paul Bullock
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: michael a. lebowitz 
  To: mlebowit@sfu.ca 
  Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2003 4:24 PM
  Subject: [OPE-L:8602] 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'

  Dear Friends and Comrades,
          Let me suggest that you keep an eye out for "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", a powerful and moving new documentary by Kim Bartley which details events leading up to the coup in Venezuela last April and then has incredible footage covering: the planning of the coup, its execution, the murders on the street immediately before, what was happening inside Miraflores during the coup, the response of the people and the army, and the return of the elected government and Chavez to Miraflores. What this film especially makes clear is who the enemies of the Bolivarian Revolution were (and are), and how they function.
          Kim (who let a few folks see it when in Caracas last week--- it won't be shown publicly here for a while) indicates that the reaction to its world premiere last week at a film festival was quite powerful, and that the film has now been picked up by HBO and by an international distributor. It's not clear yet when HBO, the BBC and CBC (all of whom are committed to show it) will broadcast "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", but it's likely that it will be before or on the anniversary of the coup on 11 April. She indicates that the definite showing times are:

    RTE, Ireland, Network 2, Saturday March 15th 9.30pm 
    Arte, France & Germany, March 16th, 8.30pm 
    The old Egyptian theatre, Los Angeles, Sunday 16th March, not sure of the 
    SXSW film festival, Austin Texas, screening today and again next wednesday I
    think (website is www.sxsw.com) 
    The rest of the dates for europe, BBC and HBO need to be checked with the 
    office but they're not in today so I'll forward them as soon as possible.
    We also will have a website up and runing in the next few days at: 
    chavezthefilm.com (right now there's a guide page but we hope to have the 
    reall thing up and runing asap).

  [The showing in Hollywood on the 15th is at 6:30]
          An interview from last year with Kim follows.
                  in solidarity,



    Michael McCaughan speaks to Kim Bartley,
    who witnessed last weekend's coup attempt
    in Venezuela

    Reprinted from
    Irish Times 16 April 2002
    [Posted 18 April 2002]

    (Thanks to Karl Sanchez for this article)
    Ms Kim Bartley and Mr Donnacha O'Brien have spent
    the past three months filming a documentary on
    Venezuelan President Mr Hugo Chavez for Power
    Productions, an independent film company based
    in Galway.

    "I arrived in the centre of town just as the shooting
    started," says Kim. "I filmed a while then took cover in a
    doorway. Whoever was firing aimed directly at the crowd,
    which was pro-Chavez. I filmed two dead bodies, both of
    them beside the podium set up to rally Chavistas to
    defend the presidential palace.

    "A woman working in the vice-president's office identified
    the bodies as a legal secretary and an archivist, both
    working inside the building. A 10-year-old girl was then
    taken away, fatally injured.

    "More shots. We ran for cover like everyone else.
    We made it to the palace through back streets as the firing
    continued and as soon as we got in the gate another
    sniper started aiming at the crowd. We were all thrown
    to the ground behind a wall and later ran for cover into
    the building. Three of the snipers were arrested . . .
    "Chavez was about to explain what was happening
    in a live television broadcast but the state channel's
    signal was cut just as he began to speak.

    "The army generals arrived and went off for a meeting with
    Chavez. The evening passed in a flash as we waited for
    news inside the presidential palace. A tearful Environmental
    Minister, Ms Analisa Osorio, emerged in the early hours of
    Friday, announcing the end of an era. 'He's under arrest,'
    she said. Chavez emerged, barely visible with all the
    bodyguards and junta soldiers jostling both to protect and
    arrest him.

    "The atmosphere turned ugly. Radio and television
    immediately announced the resignation of Chavez and
    began broadcasting upbeat messages: 'Venezuela is
    finally free' was the banner across all private TV channels.

    "The government went into hiding. Everyone fled for their
    lives. The witch-hunt began. We decided not to go home,
    checking into a hotel instead, for safety . . .

    "The media kept repeating footage of the swearing-in
    ceremony of the interim president [Pedro Carmona] which
    was followed by images of empty streets, everything in
    perfect tranquillity. We were about to book a ticket to
    Panama when a well-dressed passer-by told us to get
    off the streets. 'The Chavistas are coming' he said.
    It was Saturday afternoon.

    "We took a taxi to the centre, where huge crowds had
    surrounded the palace, demanding the return of Chavez.
    We managed to get inside and found several Chavez
    deputies calling round the country to find out what was
    going on. A dozen people who were working for the
    interim government had been taken to a room in the
    basement for their own safety.

    "Reports came in from around the country, barracks by
    barracks, like a Eurovision song contest jury, that the
    military was rebelling against the coup. Then came the
    rumours that a commando had been sent to kill Chavez
    at the army base where he was being kept.

    "The television continued to broadcast a steady diet of soap
    operas, saying nothing about the huge mobilisation, which
    was now making a deafening racket outside. Then came the
    news that Chavez had been freed and was taking a helicopter
    to Miraflores. The crowds went wild. The presidential guard
    made a tunnel from the palace gates to a helicopter pad
    across the street. The sound of choppers buzzing overhead.

    "Then he was there, striding toward the palace, mobbed by
    supporters. It was like a dream, it's still hard to believe
    it really happened."

    © The Irish Times * Reprinted for Fair Use Only

  Michael A. Lebowitz
  Professor Emeritus
  Economics Department
  Simon Fraser University
  Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6

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