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The Dictator Returns

David Lamelas
1984
15 mins Colour Sound Video
Co-directed by Hildegarde Duane.

The Dictator Returns

Five years after Barbara Lopez's first interview with Colonel Riccardo Garcia Perez, the exiled president of St Ana, they meet again to record a further interview and he tells her of his plans to return to St Ana. The Dictator has now settled in California, where he has opened a successful chain of gyms and enjoys a high-octane lifestyle of yachts and penthouses. He wants to use his money to stage a counter-revolutionary coup in St Ana and shows Barbara Lopez a number of magazines advertising war planes, and even nuclear weapons, that he intends to buy to aid his invasion.

Through the persona of the Dictator, Lamelas draws attention to contemporary scandals of American collusion in Latin American affairs, such as the Iran/Contra affair, particularly when Lopez accuses the dictator of taking money from the CIA.

Cast/Script/ Direction: Hildegarde Duane, David Lamelas
Camera: Public Access Communication

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