by the Global Women’s Strike, May 2003
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $15 £10 E15
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This is not
a documentary on Venezuela, but a documentary of Venezuelans speaking on
how they are making this revolution.
Constituent Assembly every day . . . the women’s movement, and the
Indigenous movement, got our rights enshrined in the constitution. . . Micro credit is an
excuse to empower women.”
Castañeda, President of the Women’s Development Bank“We
women are strong because as single mothers we have been both
mother and father. We are not scared of any golpista.”
Amiga”, cleaning workers co-operative
“The heroic people woke up. They used to step
on us, now we all protest and demand our rights.”
Co-operative of workers of the Hilton
“To re-establish production was a 24-hour struggle.
Oil workers gave it everything they had and many grassroots people
Nuñez, President of oil workers’ union SITRAPETROL
feel as much pain for the world as we do for Venezuela . . . This
revolution is peaceful and democratic, but it is armed . . . We
must win by the only path open to us, the path of the revolution,
which is the path of life.”
Hugo Chavez Frias
This documentary aims to help with a better
understanding of what this 21st century revolution is winning
for all of us, what we can do for it and what it can do for us. In
England and the US, viewers from Venezuela and elsewhere, have acclaimed
it: “Grassroots people are full of optimism and aware of their
own power.” “I have never seen such confident women.” “I cried
President Chavez was elected by a landslide to tackle poverty and
corruption. The two parties in power for over 40 years had left 80% of
Venezuelans, mostly people of colour, in poverty despite a lucrative
In 1999, a new constitution framed by the population
was voted in. As laws
implementing the constitution were about to come into force, the US
government and Venezuela’s white racist elite organized a coup and
kidnapped President Chavez.
Two days later, on 13 April
2002, millions took to the streets led by women from the poorest
areas. With the support of loyal soldiers they won back their elected
President and their constitution.
In January 2003, oil managers, the corporate media
and corrupt union leaders tried to stop the revolution by stopping the
oil industry. Again they were defeated.
The constitution gives land and housing to
rural and homeless people, prioritizes water and food security,
promotes co-operatives, recognizes Indigenous peoples’ rights,
promotes workers’ rights, equity between women and men, recognizes
housework as productive work,
housewives to health care and a pension, promotes unity among Third
World peoples . . . The constitution opposes the privatization of oil,
enabling the population to reclaim its stolen oil revenue.
Uniquely, on a continent plagued by US-backed
military dictatorships and disappearances, the Chavez government
promotes a caring use of its military. Soldiers, as well as defending
the revolutionary process, work with and for the community: building
homes, schools, providing healthcare, teaching literacy . . .
April 2003, the Global Women’s Strike was invited to the first
anniversary of the popular uprising that saved the revolution, its
government and constitution. Six of us went, from Argentina, England,
Peru and the US, to celebrate the defeat of the coup.
thanks to INAMUJER, the Venezuelan Women’s Institute.
are Bolivarian Circle of the Global Women’s Strike in a number of
countries, spreading the achievements of the revolution.
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