FARMINGTON – An award winning documentary film, The Revolution will not be Televised,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Room 107, Robert’s Hall, University of Maine at Farmington. The film captures the 2002 coup d’etat against Venezuela President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez’s progressive social and economic programs incited the wrath of the Venezuelan elite.

When he began to redistribute earnings from Venezuela’s vast oil supply and to dismantle corruption in the state-owned oil company, a core of business aristocrats and anti-government television executives attacked and imprisoned Chavez.

The film was taped as the tumultuous events unfolded. Irish film-makers Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Brian had been filming Chavez as he visited villages and talked with citizens about their needs and how the government could help them.

The film crew was in front of the palace when the anti-Chavez sharpshooters began firing at pro-government demonstrators.

Chavez had led two failed coups himself while an officer in the Venezuela army.

Then he entered politics and was elected by a landslide in 1998 on a populist platform to attack privilege and corruption and to stand up for the impoverished masses of the population.

The Western Mountains Peace Action Workshop is presenting the inside view of the fall and reinstating of Chavez as the Venezuelan president.

All are invited.


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