Margaret Lyons
September 04, 2009 AT 06:00 PM EDT

Oliver Stone’s sure-to-be-controversial South of the Border documentary debuts at the Venice Film Festival Monday. Here’s the trailer:

Now, I’m all for a more nuanced understanding of South American politics, particularly where foreign policy and economic strategy converge (neeerrrdddd), but I’m not particularly optimistic that that’s what we have here. Should Americans have richer understanding of who Hugo Chavez is, what his policies are, and how his leadership is affecting Latin America? Absolutely. But Stone recently described  the Venezuelan president “open and warmhearted and big,”and I wonder, even among those who agree with Stone that Chavez is “demonized” in the United States, how many want to see him valorized instead.

PopWatchers, will you see South of the Border?

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