A Social Genocide

Director: Fernando Solanas

Argentina-France| 2004. English subtitles. Colour. 118 min.

Fernando Solanas, who burst on the international scene with the groundbreaking documentary Hour of the Furnaces (1968), is back to non-fiction with Social Genocide, which exposes the systematic despoiling of Argentina, not by a dictator or military junta but by an elected democracy—leaders who, in the space of just a few years, sold off the country’s inheritance, privatised its profits, nationalised its debts and drove much of the population of this once-rich nation into abject poverty. Fuelled by a white-hot rage, yet reasoned and precise in its arguments, this is political filmmaking at its most intelligent, impassioned and powerful.

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