David at GreenCine pointed me to Sudhir Muralidhar’s review of Our Brand is Crisis in The American Prospect. Like Muralidhar, I found that Boynton’s documentary “riveting” in part because of the unusual access to Goni’s campaign and to the American political insiders, such as James Carville and Jeremy Rosner, who orchestrated it. As I discussed in my review, Goni “wins” the 2002 election, but he is unprepared to handle the widespread opposition to his presidency and the onging economic uncertainty that haunts Bolivia, which the film illustrates through the stark contrast between the “focus groups” orchestrated by US political consultants and the protests taking place outside of Goni’s campaign headquarters. Muralidhar similarly notes that “What is particularly troubling about this story is the degree to which the political process, and all the character attacks and propaganda that process now entails, is so detached from the social and economic reality.”
In other doc news, David mentions Eugene Hernandez’s report that Michael Winterbottom’s The Road to Guantanamo will be released this summer by Roadside Pictures, and Doug Cummings reviews The Future of Food.