President Hugo Chavez opens own Movie Studio
June 4th, 2006
On Saturday the
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez launched a new movie studio located on
the edge of Caracas. The reason for this is to counteract the dominant
presence of Hollywood in Venezuela.
considered a socialist revolutionary. The US claims he is a dictator
who is dangerous for the countries stability. Chavez however labels
President Bush as a terrorist, one that assaults US free market
procedures and mocks the American economic way of life.
Chavez has been
allied with Cuba and is rich from oil. Chavez wants Venezuelan citizens
to be less influenced by US culture and wants to produce local films
that will reflect their culture.
This is not
Chavez’s first media venture; last year he started Telesur which is a
news station that covers South American events. His news station is
believed to be used to propagandize Chavez’s political views overseas.
Hollywood as a “dictatorship” by movie giants that “inoculate” them with
messages that do not go with their culture and traditions. The first
production Film Villa will make is a series about a historical Venezuela
revolutionary, Francisco de Miranda, who fought against colonial Spain.
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