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A compelling primer on Simón Bolivar

by Bill Hayes

In A compelling primer on Simón Bolivar, the Los Angeles Times reviews the new movie The Liberator.

The Venezuelan filmmaker’s biopic of the revolutionary Bolívar opens with this eloquent primer:

“Simón Bolívar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered — it liberated.”

Simple enough for audiences who know nothing about Bolívar, poetic enough for those who grew up reading about El Libertador in school books. It’s a tricky line to walk, but Arvelo manages to do it over and over in this compelling and lush Spanish-language film. [more]

For a free classroom lesson titled “Simon Bolivar: Thinker, Liberator, Reformer,” go to our Bill of Rights in Action Archive. The lesson is currently only in PDF and you will have to register (if you haven’t already), which is free.