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Synopsis

Roman Chalbaud's docudrama El Caracazo recreates a series of events forever etched in the hearts and minds (and forever haunting the memories) of those present, which permanently altered the Venezuelan political landscape. On February 27, 1989, in Caracas, Venezuela, a series of citizen-based protests of higher bus ticket prices bled into violent looting - locals ignited buses and piles of garbage, and hooded gang members stoned policemen. In response, the government of Carlos Andres Perez (who had been easing price controls since his election in early '89) brutally massacred hundreds of Venezuelan citizens. Chalbaud shapes this raw material into a visceral, horrifying onscreen dramatization; in the process, he sharply attacks the inhumanity of the Perez political regime and pays a sad elegy to the lives lost in the tragedy. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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