Documentaries to understand Latin American politics

Here's a list of Latin American documentaries to entertain and inform you on the holidays .

Still from the documentary 'On the edge of democracy'

We bring you a list with documentaries about Latin American politics. / Photo: YT-Netflix

Latin American Post | Santiago Gómez Hernández

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In a time of reflection and rest, we made a list with several Latin American documentaries that you can enjoy to understand the political context of the region a little more. 

Chile In Flammen

A group of Chileans living in Leipzig, Germany, took on the task of producing a documentary in German (it can be found with subtitles) to explain the reasons for social unrest in the southern country.

It is a great material of a little less than 12 minutes produced by Chilen * Innen and in which a parallel is made between the repression that the Chilean protesters lived in 2019 and during the Pinochet era and the coup against Salvador Allende.

After the social protests that began with a rise in the passage of the Santiago metro, Chile has decided to change its political constitution that was approved since the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Here you can find the full documentary in German and with Spanish subtitles.


The edge of democracy

A documentary available on Netflix and that narrates the rise of the Workers' Party of Lula Da Silva and Dilma Rouseff. This work is narrated in the first person by a young woman with leftist ideas who has identified all her life with the powerful PT. The director Petra Costa manages to capture the emergence of the party, its heyday and its fall in turn in the Lava Jato corruption scandal.

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This documentary is also an excellent way of understanding the Brazilian political context that led to a change from a socialist majority that voted for the PT to a right-wing majority that ended with the election of Jair Bolsonaro.


Latinoamérica: Territorio en disputa

Nicolás Trotta and Esteban Cuevas intend to take a tour of the entire region and interview various leaders of the Latin American left to discuss the changes brought by the new political movements and the recent rise of right-wing politicians. The reporters meet with former presidents José Mujica (Uruguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay) and Lula Da Silva and Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), among others.


El Comandante

Finally, we leave the documentary format. The El Comandante series is a production that mixes historical events with a fictional narrative to describe the rise and death of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The series, starring Andrés Parra, Gabriela Vergara, Julián Román, Stephanie Cayo, was produced by Sony Pictures and RCN Televisión. This was broadcast in several Latin American countries and can currently be seen through Amazon Prime

This list of documentaries will be an excellent opportunity to better understand the political moment that the entire region is going through and that will surely be rectified (and possibly reinforced) after the coronavirus crisis deepens many of the social problems that all Latin America is going through.

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