Nicaragua: Poets as Politicians

 This film was made while the Sandanista government of Nicaragua was struggling against the heavily­armed incursions of the CIA backed Contras. It looks at a government that was almost entirely made up of distinguished writers, such as Tomas Borge, Ernesto Cardinal, and the Vice President, Sergio Ramirez.    

 

 

Reviews

 

  The Volcano, the ruined city and the lake

Managua 1988

Nancy Banks-Smith: The Guardian:
Nicaragua is run by poets and creative writes . If you aren't a poet, people kick sand in your face in the Nicaraguan cabinet. As Tony Knox's rather beautiful South Bank Show demonstrated, they are a colourful bunch . . . .

John J. O'Connor: The New York Times: Sunday June 26, 1988
The independent documentary is showing tentative but heartening signs of renewed life on television these days. "Nicaragua: Writing and Politics," part of a series culled from the British-made "South Bank Show" is significant on that score. Produced by Tony Knox, the program examines through exclusive interviews the extraordinary number of Sandanista leaders and opposition figures who are also poets or novelists.

Maire Mannik: Adelaide Review: April 1989
A beautifully composed programme - it picks up the swaying, sensual feeling of Latin American poetry and echoes it in visual images. Children play among the arches of a ruined cathedral open to the sky.

 

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