South of the Border
There is a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. In January 2009 Oliver Stone travelled to Venezuela to interview President Hugo Chávez and examine the way Chavez has been portrayed in the U.S. media. Once the journey began, however, Stone and his crew found themselves going beyond Venezuela to several other countries. Interviewing seven presidents in the region, the director tells a larger and even more compelling story. Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.
Oliver Stone (1946) born and raised in New York is a succesfull and productive american director and screenwriter. After attending filmstudies at New York University he partisipated in the making of screenplays to movies such as SCARFACE (1983) and CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982). His professional debut however came as early as in 1974 with the obscure horror picture SEIZURE. Later on he became to make a famous triology about his experiences in Vietnam and for two of these movies, PLATOON (1986) and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989) he recieved Oscar for Best Director. Stone has a rich filmography and has directed popular movies as WALL STREET (1987), JFK (1991) and NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994). In addition to this years SOUTH OF THE BORDER (2010) he has directed three other documentaries PERSONA NON GRATA (2003), COMANDANTE (2003) and LOOKING FOR FIDEL (2004).