Looking for a Revolution| 52mins
Director: Rodrigo Vazquez | Producer: Ridrigo Vazquez
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: South Africa
Che Guevara died in southern Bolivia 40 years ago while trying to ignite the sparks of revolution throughout South America. His death at the hands of Bolivian Rangers trained and financed by the U.S. government marked the beginning of the cocaine era in Bolivia. Pressed by the masses who gave him a massive mandate, the first indigenous president, Evo Morales, an ex-coca leaf farmer, has nationalized the oil industry and passed laws on agrarian reform. All the election speeches, which resulted in his landslide victory, sounded quite revolutionary, the iconography too, but looking harder into it, it emerges that the old system is pretty much alive inside the new one. Corruption, nepotism, and old-fashioned populism are at the core of this movement. The more Evo does to create employment, the more the landowners conspire against him and paralyze Boliviaâ€™s economy. As a result, no jobs are created and the poor press Evo even harder. Thus a cycle of tension threatens to crush the country and the indigenous revolution as well.
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