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Oliver Stone presented his Lula documentary in Cannes

The American director raises his voice about the injustices suffered by the president of Brazil

“Very human, very honest, not at all pretentious” and “very humble,” is how Oliver Stone describes the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The American film director portrayed him in a new documentary – simply called “Lula” – which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival recently.

“We get into this story because they put him in jail, which is scandalous, they put him in jail basically without evidence,” Stone says in an interview with EFE. The project debuted out of competition at the French event.

But Lula is not the first líder politician in Stone's sights. In fact, already in 2014 he presented one dedicated to líder of the Bolivarian Revolution Hugo Chávez which he titled “My friend Hugo”. Throughout his career he has also followed Evo Morales (Bolivia) or Néstor and Cristina Kirchner (Argentina). “Lula” reflects the personal and ideological admiration that Stone feels for the president.

She met him for the first time in 2009, when she was filming the documentary “South of the Border” and remembers him as a “man of peace.”

By then, Lula was in his second term and had achieved important reforms in Brazil until it became a great economic power. He also promoted the social emancipation of the most vulnerable sectors of society.

“He lifted 30 million people out of poverty and when he left office he had an 80% approval rating. He was also a man of peace and sought peace in the world. Very loved. And what happened next was quite a story,” Stone argues. He shows him as the first politician to reach the Brazilian Head of State after being born in misery.

United States interference in Latin America

The film is based on a face-to-face interview between Stone and Lula a few days after being released from prison (2019).

El líder Brazilian, however, already had his mind set on challenging the far-right Jair Bolsonaro for the presidency - "basically, a fascist," Stone emphasizes - in the 2022 elections.

Lula had spent 19 months in jail, accused of corruption and incriminated in the Lava Jato scandal, in what the Brazilian Justice would later recognize as a historic error. It was a case that made Judge Sergio Moro famous, later becoming a politician, Minister of Justice Bolsonaro and also a presidential candidate in 2022.

“It was never proven,” Stone remarks about the charges, “but it was repeated and repeated in the media in Brazil, which is very conservative.”

The leak of private conversations between Moro and the prosecutors by a hacker - Walter Delgatti, who also contributes his testimony to this documentary - finally allowed Lula's acquittal.

But, as the film argues, neither the Brazilian judicial apparatus, nor the political apparatus, nor the media apparatus, could have acted without the approval of Stone's native country, the United States.

“Intervention in Latin America by the United States is a very, very old story, dating back to the Monroe Doctrine (1823). How many interventions have we had in these countries? You can count fifty, sixty, seventy. We were very involved in Brazil too,” he says. “South America does not belong to the United States, but the United States believes it has the right,” concludes the director of “Natural Born Killers,” “Platoon” and “Wall Street.”

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