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Fri 18 June 2010, Financial Times

A chat with Chávez

By Matthew Garrahan
When Hugo met Oliver Oliver Stone's new documentary "South of the Border" is, he says, "a portrayal of a man constantly demonised in America" -- Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. Here they meet to present the film's premier in Caracas. Chávez greets onlookers at the premier, held at Caracas's Teatro Teresa Carreño. Fernando Sulichin, the film's producer, alongside Chávez's daughter, Maria (right, with a friend), Chávez and Stone. "This is a portrayal of a man who Americans do not have access to," says Stone of the film. It focuses on Hugo Chávez but also explores the rise of other leftist politicians in South America. Chávez and Stone answer reporters' questions ahead of the premier. The Caracas audience watches the video feed from outside as Chávez walks the red carpet into the theatre. Later, at Venezuela's presidential palace, Chávez poses for a photograph next to a portrait of Simón Bolivar, who liberated large parts of South America from Spanish colonial rule in the 19th century. Chávez seated in the presidential palace. Stone's film also features other South American leaders, including Evo Morales of Bolivia, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and, pictured here, Rafael Correa of Ecuador. FT reporter Matthew Garrahan with Hugo Chávez

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