The Threat

A documentary film by Silvia Luzi & Luca Bellino - 86'/2008 

√ David di Donatello / Nomination Best Documentary
√ New York Filmaker Prize / Best Documentary

A trip with President Chàvez over the largest oil reserve in the world, situated beneath the Orinoco River, becomes the occasion for which to enter into the lives of Venezuelans, ten years after the beginning of the Bolivarian revolution. The government missions to fight illiteracy and hunger, the creation of a public health care system and the development of an economy based on cooperative work are some of the achievements which characterize the Chàvez era. On the other hand 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?