According to Variety, Cinema Libre Studio has purchased North American rights to Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border. The film centers on current Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's rise to power.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Fest in September. It will be released in 10 cities starting with New York on June 25, then followed by Los Angeles on July 2.

"In January 2009, I travelled to Venezuela to interview President Hugo Chavez and better understand his portrayal in the U.S. media. Once we began our journey, however, we found ourselves telling a larger and even more compelling story about the region," stated Stone.

South of the Border contains interviews with several other South American presidents including Evo Morales of Bolivia and Cuba's Raul Castro.

"His insightful documentary shows how these leaders of Latin America are being intentionally villainized by the U.S. mass media," offered Philippe Diaz, founder of Cinema Libre.

Evan Jacobs