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Maria Conchita Alonso Tears Into Oliver Stone’s New Film

HollywoodNews.com: Filmmaker Oliver Stone’s latest piece, “South of the Border,” has already come under fire for issues with accuracy, but now actress Maria Conchita Alonso is taking aim at the documentary, blasting Stone’s portrayal of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Criticizing Stone for what she calls “selective storytelling,” Alonso is planning a media blitz to protest the film as much as the filmmaker, even going so far as to produce her own documentary to challenge Stone’s

A spokesperson for the Cuban-born, Venezuela-raised Alonso said, “Missing from the light-hearted moments of a dictator (Chavez) riding a bike are the questioning of the alarming and growing rates of poverty, kidnapping and murder.”

South of the Border chronicles Stone’s road trip through Latin America, and his attempt to understand its sociopolitical state of affair. But according to Alonso, essential elements of life in Latin America, and particularly Chavez’s Venezuela, are left out.

“Oliver Stone is a gifted storyteller who has lent his considerable prowess to crafting a cinematic lie,” she said, adding, “Why not tell the truth about the conditions in Venezuela, where the middle class has shrunk from a third to five per cent, kidnapping has risen to the top five in the world and murder rates are higher than in Baghdad resulting from pillaged oil wealth, increased drug running and exportation of political unrest?”

“I challenge Mr. Stone to answer these questions and explain where he got the funding for the production, distribution and marketing of this lie. Oliver Stone has become Hugo Chavez’s Minister of Propaganda.”

Alonso, along with activist group Venezuela Awareness, will be picketing tonight’s 7:20 p.m. screening of South of the Border in Santa Monica. Stone, expected to do a Q&A after the premiere, will definitely have his work cut out for him.

Click here to check out what the New York Times had to say about South of the Border.

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2 Comments

  • Dan
    July 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    The filmmakers debunked the New York Times’ weak attempts to challenge the factual accuracy of the film, see: http://southoftheborderdoc.com/oliver-stone-responds-to-attack-from-the-new-york-times-larry-rohter/

    Maria Conchita Alonso’s comments are hardly worth a response. Her comments on Venezuela’s economy, e.g., run counter to data used by the IMF, World Bank, and the UN that show that poverty has been cut in half under the current Venezuelan government, and extreme poverty by over 70 percent. (http://www.cepr.net/index.php/Publications/Reports/the-chavez-administration-at-10-years-the-economy-and-social-indicators)

  • July 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank you Dan, I was going to say the exact same things. For her to pretend like poverty has increased, when it has actually fell by huge, historic amounts, just shows the deception she is trying to pull.

    What merits real concern however, is the actions of Alonso’s brother Robert, who is in hiding as a fugitive from justice on terrorism related charges. Basically 130 paramilitary men were discovered training with guns on Alonso’s Venezuelan property. The goal was to raid a National Guard depot, to steal 3-4,000 more guns, to start a civil war.

    So those of us heading to the film tonight are going to be lectured about democracy from peope who actively support the overthrow of an elected Government. No one can doubt that Chavez has been elected fair and square.

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