Maria Conchita Alonso: "Oliver Stone is Hugo Chavez's Minister of Propaganda!"

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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 "He has learned quite well from Chavez, what Chavez learned extremely well from Fidel Castro, which is to lie."

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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