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Chavez government to finance Danny Glover film

Chavez government to finance Danny Glover film

President Hugo Chavez's government has approved nearly US$18 million (more than euro13 million) to finance a film by Hollywood star Danny Glover, one of the Venezuelan leader's closest celebrity supporters.
Venezuela will tap proceeds from a recent bond sale with Argentina to finance "Toussaint," a move Glover plans to direct documenting the life of Haitian revolution leader Toussaint Louverture.
The South American nation's congress, which is fully controlled by Chavez allies, approved some US$17.8 million (euro13.2 million) in credit Wednesday for the Ministry of Culture to make Venezuela a "partner" in Glover's film, according to a document from the congressional finance commission.
The money will help cover "the scripts, production costs, wardrobe, lighting, transport, makeup and the creation of the whole creative and administrative platform," the document said.
Finance ministry officials and Glover's representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Chavez has reached out to minority and leftist groups inside the United States, and Glover is among a group of high-profile supporters, also including singer Harry Belafonte and Princeton University scholar Cornel West, who have defended the Venezuelan president against accusations of democratic abuses.
Glover has met Chavez during visits to Venezuela and even appeared on his television and radio talk show, "Hello, President."
Congress also approved an additional US$1.8 million (euro1.3 million) in "seed money" to produce "The General in His Labyrinth," a film based on a novel by Colombian Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Marquez to be directed by Venezuela-born director Alberto Arvelo.
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Raul Gallegos is a correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires.


Updated : 2021-10-16 14:04 GMT+08:00