As a documentary it is a complex and interesting production that try to explain why U.S. foreign policy always think about their own interests first and how they show a different face to their own citizens so that "they are going to save their world" when it all is about capitalism and getting their hands on South American resources. Sadly dated and Stone's narration is weak and it should have been subtitled.
there's a great story to be told of the leftward shift in latin american politics (and the history of colonialism, neoliberalism and globalization that lead to it), but oliver stone doesn't tell it. "south of the border" is primarily an introduction to the continent's political leaders, and almost all of them act like... politicians. a nice counterwieght to the fox news-ification of the region, but not a good movie.
An unfortunate case of bad embedded Journalism. Although Stone captured interesting patterns of American influence and "imperialism" in South America, he failed to look at Venezuela in its entirety and see the actual relationship between Chavez and his people, or the grave and unjust reality facing Venezuelans today. Chavez is no hero; he is a dictator and an unmerciful one at that. Too many large oversights.