Red Oil

Documentary / Germany – Great Britain / 2008 / 58’

  • Author:Lucinda Broadbent
  • Director:Lucinda Broadbent
  • DOP:Steve Sklair
  • Editor:Steve Sklair
  • World Sales:Deckert Distribution
  • Festivals:Sheffield IDF 2008, Tri Continental FF South Africa 2009

RED OIL takes you inside the world‘s weirdest oil company. Venezuela is famous for three exports: oil, revolution, and TV soap operas. The biggest soap opera of all is going on now inside Venezuela‘s State Oil company PDVSA. Hugo Chavez‘ socialist revolution is bank-rolled by Venezuela‘s oil. Is Colonel Chavez the romantic hero of the soap opera, using his petro-dollars to wipe out poverty and inequality? Or is he the power-mad villain, squandering the country‘s oil resources to buy votes? PDVSA is the secretive power-house of Chavez‘ revolution. This film explores the reality on the ground behind the scenes. We find out if PDVSA‘s grand idealistic mission to build a socialist paradise is really working? Will internal power struggles and external opposition tear the company apart?

In co-production with media co-op (GB) in association with Channel Four (GB), YLE (FI), NRK (NO), SBS (AU) and Al Jazeera (GB). Supported by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Scottish Screen (GB) and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.