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Festival Diary » ZABALTEGI
«The USA has been in bed with extremists for a long time»
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Oliver Stone has brought two films to the Festival this year: a remastered cut of his epic Alexander and his new TV series The Untold History of the United States. The latter was shown on Showtime in the US and each episode has been seen by more than a million viewers, and he would like to think it will prove to be ban educational tool that could be useful for future generations, although he is aware that this audience is made up of the progressive social base of his country. As a selfdefined "dramatist with the soul of a historian” he says he had aimed to show how and why the USA had consolidated his position as a global empire. “We are a true empire in the Roman sense. No one can check us,” he lamented.

He’s not interested in indulging in conspiracy theories; what his series does is to explain how the situation the US is in has clear precedents: “The United States supported fundamentalism since the 1950s to fight communism. It’s been in bed with extremists for a long time.”

Although he’s disappointed with Obama for defrauding the hopes that reform-minded Americans had held in 2008 he stressed that he was just a product of a system in which no one could seriously challenge the imperial consensus. Even so he admitted that change was always possible: “you never know: history shows the curve of the ball can break differently.”

A.O.

 

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