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The War On Democracy
The War On Democracy What horror the face
  of facism creates… how
  hard it is to sing when
  I must sing of horror
  in which silence and
  screams are the end of
  my song
— from the final
  work of Victor Jara, the
  Chilean folk singer who
  was imprisoned and
  tortured before being
  killed on 11 September
  1973, aged 38.

THE WAR ON DEMOCRACY, directed, written and reported by John Pilger, is one of those films you absolutely must watch —
if only to judge for yourself how you see the sometimes uncomfortable, occasionally harrowing, content of this documentary.

Following on from the success of other hard-hitting factual docu-mentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth and Black Gold, Lions Gate Home Entertainment has released the DVD of the one of the most powerful and thought-provoking documentaries of 2007 —
The War On Democracy in which award-winning writer John Pilger investigates the repercussions of the United States' foreign policy, in particular to South America.

The War On Democracy
opens with dramatic shots of war and Richard Nixon's words of hope: "Guatemala is going to enter a new era in which there will be prosperity for the people together with liberty for the people." And George Bush's ambitious statement: "America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling; our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom and make their own way."

John Pilger believes that neither statement resulted in benefits for South America. He introduces his work as "a film about the struggle of people to free themselves from a modern form of slavery" and speaks of "the power of courage and humanity among people with next to nothing… they are defending the most basic human rights of all of us
in a war being waged against all of us."

Pilger conducts in-depth interviews with people such as Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela —
who comes across as a man deeply com-mitted to what he wants for his people — and Mariela Machado, who knows what it is like to be excluded in her own country. Before Chávez, she says, the people did not feel part of society and were literally 'written off the map'. Although — thanks to oil — Venezuela is the richest country in South America, the majority live in poverty.

Pilger speaks of the role of the US government in human rights violat-ions and exploitation of whole countries —
of natural wealth sold to foreign companies for peanuts; and he looks at the widespread poverty in Guatemala and Bolivia, the inequality of Chile and why, in 1973, September 11 was a date to remember.

The documentary contains references from the US National Security Archive and Pilger speaks of The National Endowment for Democracy —
a US organisation that was formed to get "right to the heart of America's faith in democratic ideals and institutions and offers hope
to people everywhere".

Victor Hugo wrote: "There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose
time has come". The War On Democracy reflects the lives and dreams of the ordinary people and it is a prayer for the world to be governed by the rule of law; of equality, justice and fraternity.

Garnering huge critical acclaim on its theatrical release, the uplifting and at times emotive documentary The War On Democracy is now available for the first time on DVD and was released on 4 February 2008. RRP £19.99 | Cert 12.

"An extraordinary and fascinating documentary **** " — Empire

The War On Democracy is Pilger's first feature film: the highly-respected journalist has made 55 television documentaries to high praise and critical commendations. He has won television academy awards in both Britain and American including a BAFTA for a life-
time's achievement in factual television. Always at the cutting-edge
of documentary filmmaking, The War On Democracy is factual infotainment at its very best.

The War On Democracy's Director and Producer is BAFTA-nominee Christopher Martin (Breaking The Silence —
Truth and Lies In The War On Terror, Palestine Is Still The Issue).

The fantastic theme tune is perfect: A Change Is Gonna Come, composed and peformed by legendary American soul singer Sam Cooke courtesy of ABKCO Music & Records Inc. Something Inside (So Strong) was composed and performed by Labi Siffre.

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