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Cocalero (2006)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Documentary: B-



After seeing a long list of documentaries about U.S. politics and elections, criticisms of the Bush II administration, U.S. involvement (government, corporate and freelance hiring) in other elections, Alejandro Landesí Cocalero (2006) is a surprisingly amusing piece about Evo Morales, a older Aymara Indian coca leaf grower who travels the grass roots way to run for President of Bolivia and win, making him the first indigenous such individual to win that position.


The involving 94 minutes shows how differently the elections work over there, how the older technology is a throwback to elections in the U.S. up to the 1970s and how democracy is more possible there in ways it is not in a media-saturated country like the U.S. where TV and all of its successive technologies combines by-pass more and more people, leaving progress (and the American Dream in particular) out of the reach of more and more people left behind.Humorous without trying, the energy and spirit captured here is impressive and if you are enjoying the current cycle of political documentaries, this should be at the top of your list.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image is not bad for being shot under the circumstances it was made, but color, detail and depth are limited.The Dolby Digital 2.0 captures the location sound throughout, which is barely stereo.Extras include a trailer, which is really not enough for such an interesting work, but donít let that stop you from seeing it.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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