A documentary on Llaguno Bridge violent events
April 29, 2007 7:08 PM   Subscribe

Llaguno bridge is a documentary offering an alternative point of view on some of the violent events that took place in Venezuela during the coup d'etat attempt of 2002 [1]. Some local private television are accused of deliberatedly picking some facts in an attempt to support the ongoing coup ; different videos taken from different angles show how some people were wrongly accused of shooting at unarmed masses of demonstrators. Regardless of political preferences and actual events, it is an interesting documentary on how easily facts can be misrepresented.
posted by elpapacito (8 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Sorry I wasn't able to find a torrent so far...all the pieces (8) seem to be avaiable on youtube so far.
posted by elpapacito at 7:09 PM on April 29, 2007

Don't know what the difference is, but the Spanish version is 13 pieces. As you said, regardless of one's opinion, it's really interesting how they put this documentary together, for example, there are a lot of parts where they freeze the images and zoom into the wristwatches of people in the street to show that they are not where the TV stations said they were at the time of the shooting.

The reporters of one of the TV stations actually won the Principe de Asturias award for the coverage of that day, and later had to give back the award, when it was shown that they presented the images knowing that the people in the bridge were shooting at the police, not at the demonstrators.

Just out of curiosity, how did you run into this, elpapacito?
posted by micayetoca at 7:49 PM on April 29, 2007

Amazing. Too bad you posted it on a Sunday evening.
posted by bhouston at 12:14 AM on April 30, 2007

mica: don't really remember I was browsing some site.
posted by elpapacito at 1:38 AM on April 30, 2007

I saw some of this in 'The Revolution will not be Televised', which showed the empty street they were firing into. It was interesting how facts can be easily arranged to support a position.

The movie is very pro-Chavez. We went to see it because we know some middle-class people in Venezuela who are pretty anti-Chavez, and have been negatively affected by his policies. If we didn't already have their point of view, we would have come out of the movie feeling great support for Chavez, as most folks in the theater did.

As it is, I have a lot of mixed emotions about Chavez. He is tremendously charismatic. I certainly support his opinion of Bush. ..

But, like you said, Regardless of political preferences and actual events... Nice post.
posted by MtDewd at 8:12 AM on April 30, 2007

Everyone should see "The revolution will not be televised" - it is an absolutely extraordinary film.

MtDewd - I guess the film could be seen as pro-Chavez, but he hardly appears in the film (what with being abducted and all). It's hard to imagine how else the filmmakers could have approached the subject - they were actually there involved in the events after all. The overriding impression I got from the film was not about Chavez himself, but about the ministers and government functionaries around him - during the seige, under extraordinary pressure and fearing for their lives they seem to behave with unbelievable courage and dignity. Their actions seem to come from a genuine sense of duty towards their ideals and the future of their country. Every one of them comes across as a profoundly committed, intelligent and authentically good person in circumstances where I think it would be extremely hard to fake it.

I find Chavez personally a little difficult to like - his theatricality and obvious enjoyment of his power are a bit problematic - but after seeing the film I find it hard to mistrust the motives of his government.
posted by silence at 12:08 PM on April 30, 2007

here's the Revolution will not be televised on Google video. And here's their website.
posted by silence at 3:01 PM on April 30, 2007

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