Venezuela giving Danny Glover $18m for epic slave film (résume en francais)

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Venezuela giving Danny Glover $18m to direct film on
epic slave revolt

Rory Carroll in Caracas
Monday May 21, 2007

Venezuela is to give the American actor Danny Glover
almost $18m (£9m) to make a film about a slave
uprising in Haiti, with President Hugo Chávez hoping
the historical epic will sprinkle Hollywood stardust
on his effort to mobilise world public opinion against
imperialism and western oppression.
The Venezuelan congress said it would use the proceeds
from a recent bond sale with Argentina to finance
Glover's biopic of Toussaint Louverture, an iconic
figure in the Caribbean who led an 18th-century revolt
in Haiti.

It will also give seed money for a film version of The
General in His Labyrinth, Gabriel García Márquez's
novel about the last days of Simón Bolívar, who
liberated much of South America from Spanish

Glover, 60, who starred with Mel Gibson in the Lethal
Weapon series, and more recently with Eddie Murphy in
the film DreamGirls, is a civil rights activist and
supporter of Mr Chávez's radical leftwing policies.

A document from the congress's finance commission said
the culture ministry would be a partner with Glover
and give $17.8m for "scripts, production costs,
wardrobe, lighting, transport, makeup and the creation
of the whole creative and administrative platform".

The project could mark a breakthrough for Villa del
Cine, a new government-funded studio outside the
Venezuelan capital, Caracas, which is part of Mr
Chávez's effort to combat what he sees as American
cultural hegemony.

Glover, who visited Caracas at the weekend, told the
Guardian that he would direct the film, titled
Toussaint. "It's so advanced that you can taste it.
We've scouted locations within 75km [45 miles] of
Caracas. I can do everything I need to do with this
film from here." He said he had been in talks with the
government, but was unaware that a decision had been
made until journalists tipped him off about the
congress's announcement. "That's the first I've heard
of it," he said.

He suggested that there was still some uncertainty
over whether the venture would go ahead. "One of the
major axioms in theatre is never talk about anything
until the deal is signed. There's a lot of
deliberation that goes on before something actually

It appeared that the congress timed the announcement
to coincide with a media conference in Caracas hosted
by the television network Telesur, a Venezuela-funded
regional answer to CNN. Glover is on the board.

It would not be the first declaration to run ahead of
reality. Mr Chávez once said the director Oliver Stone
planned to make a film about him, but it came to
nothing. However at the president's request, Villa del
Cine, which was inaugurated last year, is making a
film about Francisco Miranda, who lit the fuse of
South America's liberation. A lavish production with
hundreds of extras and battle scenes, its costumes and
sets could work for the Haiti film.

Toussaint Louverture is a towering figure in the
region's history. A freed slave of African descent, he
led thousands of slaves in successful campaigns
against British, Spanish and French troops before
being betrayed, captured and exiled. He died in 1803,
just before his followers succeeded in establishing
the island's independence. William Wordsworth wrote a
sonnet about him.

Glover said he wanted to educate the US about the
story. "It's been essentially wiped out of our
historic memory, it's been wiped clean."

The actor is chairman of the TransAfrica Forum, an
advocacy group for African Americans and other members
of Africa's diaspora, and a vocal critic of the Bush
administration. Along with the singer Harry Belafonte,
Glover is the best known celebrity supporter of Mr
Chávez, whom he considers "remarkable"
. He is a
regular visitor to Venezuela.

Venezuela's congress, which consists entirely of
Chávez supporters, also said it would give $1.8m to
develop a screen treatment of The General in His
Labyrinth, by a Venezuela-born director, Alberto
Arvelo. Some rate Gabriel García Márquez's account of
the final days of Bolívar along with the Colombian
writer's better known novels, One Hundred Years of
Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.

To build consciousness of what Mr Chávez calls
"21st-century socialism", the government has funded
nationwide screenings of Charlie Chaplin's classic
film Modern Times, about the exploitation of US
factory workers during the depression. 


.Hugo Chavez va donner 18$million à Danny Glover pour diriger son film épique sur le grand héros de la révolution Haitian, Toussaint L’ouverture. M. Chavez  fournira aussi de l’argent pour un autre film sur le grand libérateur d’amerique latine, Simon de Bolivar. L’objectif de M. Chavez est de mobiliser l’opinion public contre l’impérialisme et l’agression occidentale. Danny Glover, 60 ans, et co-star avec  Mel Gibson dans le film « l’arme lethal » est un activiste qui soutient la politique du gouvernement de M. Chavez.. Glover a dit qu’il voulait éduqué le peuple américain sur l’histoire de Toussaint L’ouverture puisque cet histoire a été raye de leur mémoire. Danny Glover, qui est président de Transafrica (une organization qui lutte pour le droit de l'homme) et un féroce critique de George Bush. Glover qui visite  le Venezuela  souvent pense que M. Chavez est un homme "remarquable."

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