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October 16, 2007



This seems like a great documentary. This revolution reminded me of a similar event. It’s about Estonia’s Singing Revolution, there is a great documentary coming out about it - http://singingrevolution.com; Both of the documentaries should inspire people. I commend the filmmakers.

Jonathan Miller

i am interested to know if this is subtitled in English and what format is it on, film or DVD etc, and where are you getting the copy from? Thanks alot!

Pablo Roldan

The battle of Chile is practically impossible to get anywhere in the world. I that editions montparnasse in france haved recently edited the full trilogy in DVD, which is accompanied by "The case Pinochet", also by the same author.

The copy we are screening is in Spanish with English subtitles and it is in VHS format, which is the only format in which you can get a decent quality copy with English subtitles.

I believe that you can buy through amazon and some other websites the American edition, also in VHS. However, this is rather a vintage item it you could end up paying over $150.00 for it.


Great film. Now, what does Chávez's comedy have to do with a serious process like the Chilean? Oh, right, nothing, nothing at all.


I am not sure what Henry means by "Chávez's comedy", nor why the Chilean experiment, which was marred, and ultimately failed, by not mobilising the Chilean population sufficiently in support of that revolution, should be seen as more "serious".

While the socialist revolution in Venezuela is still in its early stages, with some parts of the state still in the hands of the capitalists, and economic transformation at an early (although progressing and inspiring) stage, the indications thus far are that the revolutionists in Venezuela, including Chavez, are indeed taking steps to avoid making some of the same mistakes made in Chile. The moves towards more democratic forms of decision-making, for example (such as the Communal Councils, and away from the bourgeois institution of representative/parliamentary "democracy"), the moves to reform/abolish those sectors of the police which had been particularly counter-revolutionary.

While the process is uneven, as all such processes must be, and consciousness is likewise uneven, it's important that we familiarise ourselves as much as possible with that process in order to provide as much solidarity to the Bolivarian Revolution as possible. If that process fails and the capitalists take back the ground that they have lost, we can be sure that that will be a huge step back, not just for Venezuelans, but for the growing hopes created by the radicalisations in that country, Bolivia and Ecuador, and their collaboration with Cuba. It will be a blow not only to all those in Latin America who were heartened by the collaboration between that radical bloc, but to those of us outside that region who can point to those socialist and radicalising projects as an example of workers' power through collective struggle.

I think Henry would be interested in "Venezuela and Chile: A contrast in strategies", by Direct Action's Jorge Jorquera, at http://www.directaction.org.au/issue5/venezuela_and_chile_a_contrast_in_strategies

bath mate

good posting.i like it. thank u. :)-


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