Venezuela concerns the future of us all
Date: Tuesday, November 28 2006
New film: "Venezuela:
It concerns the future of all of us"
Interview of Vanessa Stojilkovic
about her new film "Brussels-Caracas"
BY MICHEL COLLON
Why was it important to make a movie about Venezuela?
Vanessa. Because extraordinary things are taking place there. All those visiting this country are thrilled to bits. In Europe, by contrast, we are confronted by pessimism and fatalism in the vein of "We cannot change anything". We see poverty gaining ground. Few victories.
And in Venezuela, we have people who are setting out to change the situation in their country, who are achieving so many things. And our Western media say hardly anything, broadcasting instead the distorted image of some kind of dictatorship. Might they have an interest in hiding from us what is happening there, and even in demonizing it?
One must remember that although Venezuela is, since 80 years, one of the leading oil exporters, 60% of Venezuelans live below the poverty line. This is huge. For once that a people reestablishes its right to avail itself of its natural resources, it is worth the while to take a close-up look.
Might Venezuela be perceived as a thorn in the side?
Vanessa. Of course, because of the oil. Here we have a country where natural resources serve the people, and no longer multinational companies. For some, this is the world upside down! As a matter of fact, there, as one student said to me: "Now, the pyramid has been inverted so that everyone would have rights."
How exactly did the idea behind this film dawn on you?
Vanessa. By accident. I had heard a lot about Venezuela, and I had the opportunity to travel there. Well, I didn't want to arrive empty-handed. It so happened that in Brussels, I had just directed a few brief videos of mini street polls to find out what people thought of Bush, Iraq, Europe....So, I told myself: "I am going to bring them a small contribution: What do the people here think of Venezuela, what information have they received, what questions do they ask themselves?" I told myself that it would be useful for them to know how Venezuela is perceived here...