El Ocaso del Socialismo Mágico (Chávez and Magical Socialism-The Twilight of Magical Revolution, English subtitles). A film by Michele Calabresi.
Image by Jeremy Fisher 2018
Has the Bolivarian Revolution died with its leader’s death?
In the Western World, Venezuela ‘s situation gets thrown around to by those on the left and right as an ‘example’ - why “socialism failed”, why “nationalisation is good” - to illustrate vacuous points on Twitter disputes. This belittles the severity of the situation; dehumanises its actors. There is so much more to this country’s recent experience beyond this tragicomic depiction.
The session will begin with the film after a short introduction, and will be followed by a Q & A.
The film is an overview of the current crisis in Venezuela. Starting with Chávez’s death, in 2013, “The Twilight of Magical Revolution” chronicles the rise and fall of Chávez’s ‘Bolivarian Revolution’.
Interviewing senior politicians (Teodoro Petkoff and Douglas Bravo), scholars (Margarita López Maya and Manuel Caballero), chavistas (Antonia Muñoz, PSUV) and opposition leaders (Leopoldo López) - among others - the documentary provides a balanced critical perspective on the Bolivarian Revolution. From the people that lived it first-hand.
This is the official trailer (without English subtitles).
Film Title: El Ocaso del Socialismo Mágico (2016/ 78 min. English subtitles) (The Twilight of Magical Socialism).
Date: 15th March 2018
Venue: Diamond Building LT 07/ University of Sheffield.
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Michele Calabresi (film director/ Cubo Films, Director, London, UK)
Fabrizio Macor (Venezuelan Community Project)
Lissette Gonzalez (Lecturer in Social Theory at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas- Venezuela - via Skype).
Free entry but please sign up here if you wish to attend this unique one time screening.