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Nicaragua: no pasaran.

By the time you read this--indeed, by the time I write this-- preparations may be under way for a United States invasion of Nicaragua. In Managua, they have been expecting an attack for more than a year, and David Bradbury's deeply flet documentary, Nicaragua: No Pasaran, can be seen as a good backgrounder for the opposition that will surely grow in response.

bradbury, an Australian Filmmaker who has previously chronicled the life of radical journalist Wilfred Burchett (in Public Enemy Number One), lays out the familiar history of the Sandinista revolution, focusing on the experience of Commandante Tomas Borge, a founder and the only surviving member of the original front. He knows that an American audience will see the film after a barrage of anti-Sandinista propaganda, and he takes into account the inevitable questions and cynical doubts the media campaign provokes about censorship, Soviet penetration and totalitarian drift. Bradbury was lucky to have been in Managua whe Pope John Paul II breezed through last year, and his cutting account of that wretched visit provides important revisionist history. But the best sequence is the last: American military airplanes across the border in Honduras lift, soar and alight under the inspired music of Laurie Anderson. Packaged by itself, it would make a wonderful political rock video.

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Author:Kopkind, Andrew
Publication:The Nation
Article Type:Movie Review
Date:Nov 10, 1984
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