December 23, 2009
Bolivia: Back on the Road With Evo
BY Joe Rubin
Following Evo Morales' recent election landslide, Bolivian video journalist Tupac Saavedra talks with iWitness about why Morales remains so popular with the majority of Bolivians.
Four years ago, Saavedra produced "On The Road With Evo" an insightful FRONTLINE/World documentary about Bolivian President Evo Morales' election campaign.
Known to enemy and friend alike simply as Evo, the documentary captured the personality of the disarmingly relaxed and confident Aymara Indian leader and former coca farmer. Earlier this month when Morales won a landslide victory and was reelected president, filmmaker Saavedra was once again out on the campaign trail.
Morales' party now controls the legislature which has emboldened him to speed the pace of his "project to transform Bolivia." But Saavedra also captured a country divided by Morales' leftist policies, filming tense scenes of violent opposition to Morales in the gas-rich eastern part of Bolivia.
The filmmaker also saw evidence of a deep division between Bolivia and the United States. We see Morales hosting Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in La Paz last month. And then we hear Morales challenging the legitimacy of President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.
In this iWitness interview Saavedra provides his perspective on why Evo remains so popular with the majority of Bolivians.