Photo Exhibit, Film Screening Will Commemorate Hugo Chavez

The event will be hosted by the Venezuelan Consulate in Boston just after what would have been the late Venezuelan president’s 60th birthday.


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All week, as Monday would have been the late Hugo Chavez’s 60th birthday, supporters have been commemorating the former Venezuelan president in various ways, including even releasing a free font that is modeled after Chavez’s handwriting.

On Monday, the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Boston held an interfaith worship at Church of the Covenant on Newbury Street.

Later this week, the Consulate will commemorate Hugo Chavez’s life with a special photo exhibit and film screening.

The photo exhibit, “In Memory of Hugo Chavez,” will show images of the Venezuelan leader throughout his life and leadership of the country. Chavez was president of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in the spring of 2013. The controversial socialist leader’s legacy in the country include creating a new constitution, selling oil to Cuba, and pushing back against efforts to stop drug trafficking in Colombia. His relationship with the U.S. was strained to say the least. He called former President George W. Bush “Devil,” “Mr. Danger,” and a donkey. He referred to then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “little girl.”

Bold reputation aside, he is remembered by supporters as the man behind the Bolivarian Revolution and someone who stood up for the needy. On Monday, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela screened Oliver Stone’s posthumous documentary homage to Chavez, titled My Friend Hugo.

“Chávez gave me his confidence; he offered me a connection that only exists among soldiers who have witnessed history. This film is my response to him. That night I could not fully express my deepest sentiments. It is my way of saying goodbye to a soldier, to my friend,” Stone told TeleSur.


My Friend Hugo will be screened at the opening reception of “In Memory of Hugo Chavez” on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. The photo exhibit will be on view Friday and Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Consulate General of El Salvador, 46 Bennington St., East Boston, 617-266-9368.