The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is a 2002 documentary film following an Irish film crew who, unbeknownst to them, lands in the middle of a coup d’état against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Originally intended to be about Hugo Chavez, the documentary spirals into a live coverage of the 47 hours of where Chavez’ rule was overtaken, losing his political seat as president of Venezuela.

Filmed as a fly on the wall documentary, the film comes across as incredibly unique and fascinating. It is a historical moment in the political Venezuelan timeline captured on film and recorded live as the coup is happening.

However, as the scenes unfold throughout the film it becomes increasingly clear there isn’t an answer as to whether or not the things we’re seeing is actually real or clever propaganda.

These 47 hours shows a brutal revolution against a regime reigning over a populace born into poverty. A regime with a two-folded face fighting amongst themselves.

For a bit better quality video, please visit filmmaker Kim Bartley’s page on vimeo where The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is also free for all to see.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
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  • Release date2003
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain
  • Also known asChavez: Inside the Coup
  • Production companyPower Pictures