On an early May morning, the Fault Lines crew working on our new episode “Venezuela Divided”— which examines the country’s problems and polarization among its population after the death of Hugo Chávez—filmed at a supermarket in a downtown Caracas mall. Because of inflation, the government’s monetary policy and the fact that Venezuela imports many staples, supermarket inventories are constantly running out of supplies. And when they do have new shipments of goods like oil or corn flour in stock, news travels fast.
When the team arrived, they found a line that wound around a plaza in front of the store. Despite having the market manager’s permission to film both inside and outside the store, they were accosted by several men claiming to be security guards for the mall complex. They demanded that our crew turn off its camera.
In "Venezuela Divided," Fault Lines examines what's happening on the streets of Caracas more than one year after the death of Hugo Chávez. The film airs on Al Jazeera America Saturday, June 28, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. It will air again that evening at 10 p.m. Eastern and Sunday, June 29, at 2 a.m. Eastern.