Venezuela’s Congress says it has approved financing for two films by actor Danny Glover, a close supporter of President Hugo Chavez.
The lawmaking body, which is closely allied with Chavez, said in a statement on its Web site Thursday that it approved $20 million for two Glover productions.
They include “The General in His Labyrinth,” which deals with the life of South American liberator Simon Bolivar. It is based on a novel by Colombian Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez and will be directed by Venezuela-born director Alberto Arvelo.
The other is “Toussaint,” which the statement said Glover plans to direct documenting the life of Haitian revolution leader Toussaint Louverture.
That’s right, folks, Venezuela will fund film on Haiti revolt.(See update below) In the middle of two-digit inflation and food shortages, there’s money for movies.
Time Out London calls it a frankly bizarre piece of film news, while Hugo says he
hopes will help his efforts to mobilise world opinion against imperialism and western oppression.
If there’s still any question that these films are not propaganda, here’s other news from Venezuela: Protests mount over Venezuela TV
Staff and supporters of a Venezuelan TV station that is due to be taken off air have unveiled a kilometre-long banner in Caracas in support of press freedom.
Protesters carried the banner, which read “S-O-S, freedom of expression” in 10 languages through the streets.
Opposition-allied RCTV is due to have its licence revoked on 27 May, being replaced by a state-sponsored station.
RCTV – Venezuela’s oldest private broadcaster – is due to go off air at midnight on Sunday when the government says its licence will expire and not be renewed.
I guess Caracas won’t get to see day 7 next January.