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A couple passed by a mural of President Hugo Chávez in Caracas. Many murals of Chávez depicted alongside other revolutionary leaders have been painted around the Venezuelan capital, notably in poorer districts.

In Venezuela, critics pan an arts `renaissance'

Some artists feel silenced under Chávez

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan
Globe Staff / August 27, 2006

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CARACAS -- When a Venezuelan crime drama broke box-office records here last year, drawing critical acclaim and a cult following in the ghettos where it was filmed, the young director hoped the movie would spark a debate on how to address poverty, violence, and class divisions. (Full article: 1297 words)

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