The Revolution Will Not be Televised –
Inside the Coup (2002)
A documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, the colorful folk hero leader, beloved by his nation’s working class and a tough-as-nails, quixotic opponent to the power structure that would see him deposed.
A television crew from Ireland’s national broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann happened to be recording a documentary about Chávez during these events. Shifting focus, they followed the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events which contradict the official explanations given by Chávez’s opposition, the private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.
This time the CIA actually got caught on film doing what it has been doing all around the world. If you saw the John Pilger documentary The War on Democracy you will recognise portions of this as his source footage.
This documentary is more exciting than any fiction. It’s terrifying and sad when the coup happens as we watch it from the inside, knowing this was a popular government. It’s exhilarating when the elected leaders are able to come back. This has to be some of the most amazing footage of history in action ever filmed.