Progressive Latin America, Climate Change & Climate Justice
Jamie Peters from UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC)
Dr Francisco Dominguez of Cuba Solidarity & Venezuela Solidarity Campaigns.
Part of the Scottish Latin America Conference, December 2014.
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Mo Hume of Glasgow University gives an introduction into the context of violence against women in El Salvador.
Morena Herrera, campaigner for women's rights in El Salvador, reveals her insights into the needs of reproductive rights in the region & the work that still needs to be done to improve them.
Vickie Knox of the Central American Women's Network: promoting women's rights and gender equality
Mata Tigre illustrates how music transforms the lives of youths in Venezuela. The film tells five stories that take place in five different locations, yet have one thing in common: the expectation that music can change life for the better.
To kill the tiger ("Mata Tigre") means that nothing can get you down. To learn a musical instrument under difficult conditions is a similar challenge.
"Founded by Venezuelan economist and musician José Antonio Abreu El Sistema has now 30 symphony orchestras. But its greatest achievement are the 250,000 children who attend its music schools around the country, 90 percent of them from poor socio-economic backgrounds."
Phil McGarry, SVSC and Vicky Grandon, Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Elaine Smith MSP
Sandra White MSP
(Overview – why Latin America gives us hope
Democracy in Venezuela – why Chavez won)
Fidel Narvaez, Consul, Ecuadoran Embassy
Jacobo Torres, International Coordinator of Venezuelan FBT (STUC equivalent)
Dr Francisco Dominguez, Middlesex University and Secretary of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
(View from Ecuador
A trade unionist’s view of the Venezuelan revolution
Translating from Latin America across the Atlantic)
Dr Liam Kane, Glasgow University
Guillame Long, National Higher Education Council of Ecuador
(Popular Education in Latin America
Radical reforms for Higher Education in Ecuador)
Behind the bold policies of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is a revolutionary mass movement that is saying NO to capitalism, and attempting to change the course of Latin American history. Journey deep into the barrios, out to the factories and into the heart of the revolution to find out why there is a movement to transform society. Meet the people who are fighting for power in their communities, and taking control of their work places.
Follow the factory workers of Sanitarios Maracay in their struggle against sabotage and corruption, as they pave the way forward with their unprecedented campaign for full nationalisation under workers' control. In this feature length documentary, meet many of the key revolutionary figures to find out how they are trying build socialism of the 21st century, and how it is changing peoples lives.
The astonishing story of how an American sponsored coup almost led to the collapse of democracy in Venezuela.
Featuring exclusive interviews with the key ringleaders and extraordinary archive footage - Chavez in jail arguing with his captors, secret meetings with the plotters and soldiers storming the presidential palace as plotters escape.
"The president of the republic has betrayed the trust of his people. He's massacring innocent people with snipers!" declared Vice Admiral Ramirez Perez, as horrific images of Chavez's supporters firing on protesters were broadcast around the world.
It was this event that directly led to the temporary overthrow of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. His deposition initially appeared to be a spontaneous protest against a tyrannical leader.
However, controversial new evidence suggests that the violence was orchestrated by Chavez's opponents, with the support of the CIA, in an attempt to discredit him and legitimize their coup.
South of the Border is a 2009 documentary film directed by Oliver Stone.
The documentary premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. Writer for the project Tariq Ali calls the documentary a political road movie.
Stone stated that he hopes the film will help people better understand a leader who is wrongly ridiculed as a strongman, as a buffoon, as a clown.
The film has Stone and his crew travel from the Caribbean down the spine of the Andes in an attempt to explain the phenomenon of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, and account for the continent's pink tide leftward tilt.
A key feature is also Venezuela's recent Bolivarian revolution and Latin America's political progress in the 21st century.
In addition to Chávez, Stone sought to flesh out several other Latin American presidents whose policies and personalities generally get limited, or according to Stone, biased media attention in the United States and Europe, notably: Evo Morales of Bolivia; Cristina Kirchner and former president Nestor Kirchner of Argentina; Rafael Correa of Ecuador; Raúl Castro of Cuba; Fernando Lugo of Paraguay; and Lula da Silva of Brazil.
This is just a preview. The full documentary is not available at this moment.
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El Sistema is a publicly financed voluntary sector music education program in Venezuela, originally called Social Action for Music. Its official name is Fundación del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela, (Fesnojiv), and sometimes translated to English as "National Network of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela"). El Sistema is a state foundation which watches over Venezuela's 125 youth orchestras and the instrumental training programmes which make them possible.
El Sistema has 31 symphony orchestras. But its greatest achievement are the 250,000 children who attend its music schools around the country, 90 percent of them from poor socio-economic backgrounds