[g8-sheffield] Venezuela/Nicaragua films

Rod Lawson rod.lawson at btinternet.com
Thu Mar 1 05:50:15 GMT 2007



Screening at The Showroom on Tuesday 13th March 8pm. Admission £5/£3. Proceeds to The Showroom/Venezuela Information Campaign/Sheffield Cuba Solidarity Campaign/Sheffield Esteli Society


"Venezuela - A Land With Many Missions" (2006) is a 25" video giving a flavour of some of the exciting developments taking place in the country since Chavez came to power.  Since 2003 Venezuela has been undergoing a radical transformation. A large number of government "missions" have been set up to tackle historical inequalities between rich and poor.


Mission Robinson began with a programme to eradicate illiteracy and has continued with opportunities for anyone who never completed their primary education to continue right through to university level. 


Mission Barrio Adentro is rapidly training a new generation of Venezuelan doctors committed to providing health care in the poorest parts of the country. Meanwhile, Cuban doctors have stepped in to fill the gap by providing free health care throughout the country. 


Mission Mercal ensures that people living in the poorest districts have access to food and other groceries at reasonable prices. It has linked with Mission Vuelvan Caras which provides training and employment opportunities for some of Venezuela's 53% of adult population who were without formal employment.


The documentary was directed and produced by Jeni Vine with an almost entirely Sheffield crew.


This short documentary will be screened together with:


 "Nuevo Amanecer - A New Dawn" (2003) which documents some of the improvements made to people's lives in Esteli, Nicaragua, following the devastation caused by the worst hurricane to hit the small Central American country of Nicaragua.


The screenings will be followed by a chance to learn/dance salsa. The bar will be open and serves various Latin American beers and spirits.

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