CLIP: Oliver Stone’s “South of the Border” Premieres Next Week in DC, LA, NYC and Rest of US in July

Posted on June 18, 2010

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WATCH THE TRAILER FOR “SOUTH OF THE BORDER” by OLIVER STONE

As you may have heard, Oliver Stone’s powerful new film, South of the Border, the first documentary by a major American director to explore the social transformation underway in South America, will be released in US theaters nationwide starting June 25 (more here). Lucky you – DC audiences will get a sneak peak at the Silverdocs FIlm Festival on June 23rd in Silver Spring, MD. (Participants in the US Social Forum on June 24 will also get an early chance to see the film.) Then, the film will show at AMC Loews Shirlington 7, 2772 South Randolph St. in Arlington, VA, beginning July 2.

Because early screenings are crucial to determining box office success, and ultimately how many people will see this film and hear its message, we’re hoping you can attend the Silverdocs screening on June 24, or an opening weekend screening in Shirlington the weekend of July 2.

Please see last paragraph for showing dates throughout the US, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, and London.

The film, co-written by CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot, is the product of Oliver Stone’s 2009 road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements taking place in those countries and the mis-perceptions most people have about Hugo Chavez and other leaders in South America, mostly due to a skewed portrayal by major US media.

In casual conversations with seven sitting presidents, Stone gains unprecedented access to and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.  Mr. Stone was most struck by the extent to which the presidents are committed to determining the future of their own nations without undue outside influence and control. 

Shot in 2009, the film also offers startling insights into the Bush Administration’s foreign policies – including that Bush seems to have believed the best way to grow the U.S. economy was by waging war.  Read more here.

Stone was recently on Larry King Live with Gov. Jesse Ventura and Representative Connie Mack (R-FL) in a fiery discussion that clearly demonstrated the biases towards our Latin American neighbors.  Here’s what people are saying:

I think this film should be mandatory viewing for every high school student in America
– <!–[endif]–>Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota

I don’t think that this movie — it isn’t even worth going to see to order the popcorn.”
– Rep. Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV (“Connie Mack”), R-FL

“…a VALUABLE and INTERESTING CORRECTIVE to the mainstream media’s often-atrocious coverage of Latin America, and a fascinating account of the rise of a new generation of political leaders.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com 

LOVED THE MOVIE! Great perspective that people here in the US should see and hopefully it (will) make them understand what is going on in South America and with US foreign policy.” -Jason Smith, IMPACTO Latin News

South of the Border will be released in US theatres by Cinema Libre Studio starting June 25 in NYC, followed by Los Angeles, Pasadena and Washington, D.C./Arlington, VA (7/2), Chicago (7/9), San Francisco and Berkeley (7/16), Dallas and Houston (7/23), Minneapolis and Seattle (7/30) with more to come!  Internationally, the film is currently playing in Venezuela (both in regular theaters and via the Gran Cine Movil mobile screening network), and in Argentina. It opens in Ecuador on July 9th in the “Multicines” theaters and the Ochoymedio theater, and opens in London on July 30.