Date(s) - Saturday 05/31/2008
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
As seen through the eyes of grandmother and community organizer Gladys Bolivar, the documentary “Venezuela Rising” follows her and her compatriots five days before it is to be decided by popular referendum whether Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will continue in office or step down. The entire nation has been mobilized–will it be SI–yes he will be recalled, or NO–he will remain in office. Most in Venezuela feel that no less than the entire future of their country is at stake.
Issues of democracy and politics are addressed–what consitutes a free and fair election–and is that enough to ensure citizen participation? How are elections the ultimate measure of a thriving democracy?
“Venezuela Rising” gets behind the headlines and into the neighborhoods of Caracas to find out how participatory democracy works on the ground.
Jennifer Wager is a NYC media educator and director of the film. She currently teaches video production and post-production at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the flagship community TV station in the U.S.
She also serves on the board of the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, with whom she has facilitated a community video oral history project, producing a DVD and Web-based series of short films on the lives of immigrant and working class women from the Lower East Side. Since 1995, Ms. Wager has created several online experimental education projects, including the Smithsonian-award winning W.E.B. Du Bois Virtual University. Ms. Wager holds a M.A. in African Studies from Ohio State University and a M.A. in Communication and Technology from Georgetown University. This is her second documentary on Venezuela. Her first, Hij@s de Bolivar, was shot in the months immediately following the 2002 coup.