The left-leaning Yanks in Bolivia, led on the ground by a well-intentioned but clueless pollster and Ben Stiller look-alike named Jeremy Rosner, use American tactics, such as focus groups and negative ads, to lead the unpopular Sánchez (“Goni” to his countrymen) to victory. Unfortunately, in doing so they overlook the fact that the U.S.-educated capitalist Goni is corrupt and a mighty fool. The movie climaxes with the end of Sánchez de Lozada’s short-lived reign, when he disastrously uses military force to put down anti-government protests in 2003. The result is 59 people dead, Goni ousted from power and exiled to America, and the election of extreme leftist and cocaine farmers’ friend Evo Morales as president. (U.S. ambassador Manuel Rocha unwittingly helps out Morales by comparing him to Osama bin Laden. James Carville is seen here calling the ambassador “a real idiot.”) This political thriller, which screens in Fort Worth before ever playing in Dallas, shows the dangers of trying to export democracy.
Our Brand Is Crisis screens Fri-Sun at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $5.50-7.50. Call 817-738-9215.