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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Latin American Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Latin American countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Programs available on 23 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 23-Disc Set. Click for more

Venezuela: Hugo Chavez - No Ordinary President

Venezuela: Hugo Chavez - No Ordinary President

"Highly Recommended. Explores why Hugo Chavez is popular with the poor, yet despised by the middle and upper classes in his country. The manner in which Chavez handles the constant threats to his life and the upheavals in Venezuela is extraordinary to watch. The profile of Chavez and the exploration of the social and political problems facing South American countries today make this a relevant title." -School Library Journal
This is an eye-opening profile of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has committed his government to "take from the rich and give to the poor" by redistributing land and raising royalties paid by foreign oil companies in an attempt to reduce high unemployment, widespread poverty and crime. His populist rhetoric has put he and his supporters on a collision course with the country's upper and middle classes. Chavez describes his revolutionary ideas as Bolivarian, after General Simon Bolivar, the godfather of Latin American revolution, and in the face of mounting unrest is surprisingly calm. He knows his policies are dividing Venezuelans, but he's convinced the division is both necessary and inevitable. Produced by Journeyman Pictures, Inc. 05/09DE JSCA 40 min.
Associated Article: The New Venezuela -National Geographic

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