Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  2008
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Castro Or Quit?

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Two young doctors in Venezuela have to decide whether to leave the country or stay with their patients.

Life 6 - Castro Or Quit?

Across the world people who live on the edge are the dispossessed - those left behind by globalization. True? Not quite. There's one country where it's the middle class who are on the edge - Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. Despite Chavez's recent setback at the polls, many thousands of professional people have fled the country, and some are still wondering if they should emigrate.
Like many of their friends, young doctors Yurani and Florencio like to think of themselves as wanting to care for the poor as much as the rich. They even approve of many of Chavez's policies, believing they've helped the poor. Like millions across Latin America, they hoped for a regional answer to globalization, and saw hope in the triumph of leaders like Kirchner, Lula, Morales, Bachelet and Correa. Maybe socialism wasn't defeated after all.
But now they believe Chavez may have gone too far. They think the Chavistas pose the middle class with a fundamental choice: help us model the country on Castro's Cuba, or quit before it's too late.
Can socialism still be an alternative to American-led globalization? Or will it always lead to dictatorship? Should they stay and fight for what they believe, or give up before it's too late and leave for Miami? For Life, Yurani and Florencio spent 10 days travelling Venezuela to help find the answer.

'Life 6 is a wonderfully educational series that presents the viewers with the dilemmas faced by specific individuals in the socio-historical and economic context of their communities in the midst of an increasingly globalized world. The tremendous value of this series is that, in the brief thirty minutes that each episode lasts, it captures the complexities of the lives of those in it as they face Western influence that force them to reassert, defend, or challenge their local and/or individual identities, cultures, governance, wealth distribution, and practices of achieving justice and reconciliation--to name a few...Life 6 represents these issues in an objective and analytical way that will--without question--lead into a discussion and debate about them by academics and lay audiences alike.' Aniuska Luna, African Peace and Conflict Network


Main credits

Woods, Chris (film director)
Woods, Chris (film producer)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Bradshaw, Steve (host)
Bradshaw, Steve (editor of moving image work)
Gutierrez, Yurani Gomez (on-screen participant)
Quintero, Florencio (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editor, Sotira Kyriacou; series consultant, Jenny Richards; series editor, Steve Bradshaw.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Chris Woods

Television Trust for the Environment
Chris Woods
Editor: Sotira Kyriacou
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards
Produced with support from: The European Commission, OXFAM-Novib, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), The World Bank, Decade of Roma Inclusion, Open Society Institute

Docuseek2 subjects

Latin American History
Marxism and Communism
International Relations and Geopolitics
Cultural Anthropology
Economic Anthropology
Government Policy
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

Central America/The Caribbean
Developing World
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Political Science
United Nations


doctors, Venezuela, patients, globalization, middle class, Hugo Chavez, Chavez's policies, the poor, Latin America, Kirchner, Lula, Morales, Bachelet, Correa, socialism, Chavistas, dictatorship; "Castro Or Quit?"; Bullfrog Films

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