Oliver Stone's new documentary South of the Border has generated a lot of controversy since it hit theaters two weeks ago. NY Times journalist Stephen Holden called the film “a provocative, if shallow, exaltation of Latin American socialism.” In Hollywood, one of the most vocal critics of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro—whom Stone paints in a positive light in South of the Border—is Maria Conchita Alonso.
Last Friday, Alonso, who was born in Cuba but raised in Caracas, Venezuela, organized a protest against the film in Santa Monica, where Stone held a Q&A session following a screening of the new doc. "Oliver Stone is Hugo Chavez's minister of propaganda!" Maria Conchita Alonso told Latina.com. "He has learned quite well from Chavez, what Chavez learned extremely well from Fidel Castro, which is to lie."