While time may have arguably dulled Chavez's sheen somewhat as a leader, (depending on whom you believe) there's no denying the power of this `accidental documentary', whatever your politics. If your mind is at all open, this is a must see.
The filmmakers were an Irish film crew doing a general portrait of the popular Chavez, when they found themselves in the midst of an attempted coup by the rich right wing, likely supported by the CIA.
The film is almost unbearably tense and exciting as the tens of thousands of people surround the palace and demand Chavez's return to power.
Some important details get short shrift, but this is like watching a Costa-Gavras film, with the added intensity of knowing it's real life.
Does it have a point of view? Yes. What documentary doesn't? Is it the whole truth? I don't know. But I do know I learned a lot more about the coup attempt then I got from reading The New York Times.
If you hate Chavez with a passion, then this will not be a film for you. But if like many, myself included, you don't know enough to really judge, and only get the soundbites of our corporate run mainstream media, this is a valuable document.
Note: I was able to get a copy of the DVD with a quick Google search. So while it shamefully has not been given mainstream exhibition, it is possible to buy a copy. I'd love to know the exact story behind the film's lack of release!)