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Issue #1786      July 19, 2017

Venezuelan Film Festival

In solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution

The first ever Venezuelan film festival in Australia was held in Perth over the July 14-16 weekend. The festival in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution was organised by the Bolivarian Embassy in Canberra ACT and Cine Vivo, the independent festival that for six years has brought together films from several Latin American countries to Perth moviegoers.

The Venezuelan festival was sponsored by a number of business and community groups among them Friends of Venezuela and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union of Australia.

The opening night on Friday July 14 attracted over 80 people who enjoyed the moving film La Distancia Mas Larga (The Longest Distance) a study of the challenges for peace and forgiveness against a violent event in Caracas. On July 15 a similar number of people gathered to watch the acclaimed film El Amparo based on the true story of a tragic 1988 event on the Venezuela-Colombia border in which a group of 14 fishermen were massacred by the Venezuelan army who assumed they were Colombian guerrillas. The survivors of the tragedy are still waiting for justice.

The festival closed on July 16 with the outstanding film The Liberator about the life of Simon Bolivar. He fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America and travelled an epic 70,000 miles on horseback. Simon Bolivar is the most important leader in South America’s struggle for independence. An inspiration of many struggles for a second independence such as in Colombia and Venezuela.

The Venezuelan Film Festival was an opportunity to reflect on peace in the difficult moment which sees a violent right-wing opposition backed by US imperialism trying to derail the Bolivarian Revolution and to perpetrate a coup against the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro.

The government has called for elections of a National Constituent Assembly on July 30 which will be charged with amending the Constitution. It aims at bringing peace and unity of the Venezuelan people. We wish all the success for the wellbeing of the people and a socialist future in the homeland of revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez.

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