Rod Stoneman - Chávez: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
- Tony McKibbin
- 27 November 2008
On its release in 2003, a documentary that fortuitously caught the coup ousting Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez for all of a weekend, caused a furore in that country and elsewhere for its apparent bias. Rod Stoneman was the executive producer on Chávez: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and, on first reckoning, may not be the best person to write a book about objectivity in the media.
However this book (which comes with a DVD of the film) is at its best when not resolutely defending the filmmakers, but taking apart the counter arguments levelled at the film. Many of these arguments come from vested interests in Venezuela and the US, and Stoneman picks away at the nature of these interests, as well as exploring the assumptions behind documentary filmmaking, and what is and is not acceptable in a form that can hardly claim categorical objectivity anyway.