La MinacciaHugo Chavez
The Threat
Luca Bellino, Silvia Luzi
Italy, Documentary, 2008
86 min, Digibeta, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Does Venezuela represent the dream of a new socialist society or is it just another distortion of populism and dictatorship? A trip with President Chávez over the largest oil reserve in the world, situated beneath the Orinoco River, becomes the occasion in which to enter into the lives of Venezuelans, nine years after the beginning of the Bolivarian Revolution. The government missions to fight illiteracy and hunger, the creation of a public health care system, Venezuelan Childrenand the development of an economy based on cooperative work are some of the achievements which characterize the Chavez era. But on the other hand there are the country’s 60 violent deaths a week and its collapsing hospitals, the closure of the most popular television channel, the old European immigrants in flight, the opposition black list, and the ubiquitous government propaganda. Venezuela en route to socialism: is this still possible in our post-ideological times.


Mature audiences

Regal Metropolitan, Sunday April 26, 2 PM


Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi are part of the Rome-based Cooperative Suttvuess which has been working in the field of research, audiovisual production and post-production since 2000. Although it was conceived as a post-production company for cinema and television, over the years the cooperative has enlarged its field to the production of historical and inventive documentaries as well as commercial and social advertisements.


Producer: Luca Bellino
Screenwriter: Luca Bellino, Silvia Luzi
Cinematographer: Luca Bellino
Editor: Luca Bellino
Music: Piero Messina, Liars, Guerrilla Seca