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Connor NassEnglish 12South of the BorderThe documentary, South of the Border, informs its viewers about theconflict between South American leaders and the institutions of theUnited States, mainly the government and media. The events shown andnarrated through the film may be interpreted with the use of sociologicaltheories, which is the main purpose of this film analysis. This paper aimsto explain the causes of the realities presented through concepts andtheories from the field of Sociology.Filmmaker Oliver Stone began a journey across the Latin Americancontinent consistent to the filling of gaps left by mainstream mediaconcerning the social and political movements within the southerncontinent. Through a series of interviews, he conducted with PresidentsHugo Chávez of Venezuela, Cristina Kirchner and former presidentNėstor Kirchner of Argentina, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Fernando Lugoof Paraguay, Lula da Silva of Brazil, Rafael Correa of Ecuador and Raúlcastro of Cuba, Stone was able to compare firsthand info from theleaders themselves thereupon reported and published by the media. Itoffers light to the measures these leaders had to take in order to initiatemodification in their various countries, even if their public identitieswere at stake. many instances within the film showed the mate betweenthese 2 sources, inform at the US government’s interests for greatlyinfluencing the media for presenting biased, groundless views.The film opens with a news show reporting Chávez’s consumption ofcoca and linking it to the alleged poor governance of Venezuela. He wasknown as a dictator, along side Morales, who wasn't directly mentionedwithin the segment however was simply referred to as “the dictator fromBolivia” who provided him with coca leaves that were implied to be ofthe illicit drug cocaine. The anchors broadcasted this in a casual manner,bordering on ridicule. Stone emphasizes that similar content are being
broadcasted on the tv screens of american citizens daily, and expressesconcern that the viewers may believe everything they watch.Back when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected structuralreformation and forceful budget cuts in Venezuela resulting in masslayoffs and therefore the inflation of commodities that ultimately boiledall the way down to looting in Caracas, Chávez LED a violent coupd'état against the incumbent government. He failed and was imprisoned.Years later, he ran for president and won due to his social capital. PierreBourdieu theorized that capital comes in numerous forms. in this case,Chávez had social connections, a large network inside the army,charisma, and earned the trust of many. This capital was also the reasonwhy his fellowmen let him lead the military coup. Upon his election,Chávez to start democracy and vowed to begin a revolution, and carriedit out by fiercely opposing the oligarchy, a bureaucracy—a formalorganization a few by rules and divided by rank—ruled by a number of.

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