U.S. sanctions block the Venezuelan people from obtaining food and medicine. They resulted in at least 40,000 deaths between mid-2017 and the end of 2018, according to a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research – and that was prior to the most severe sanctions, announced in 2019. Venezuelans under Siege (in Spanish, Venezuela frente las sanciones) documents the impacts of the sanctions plus the ways that ordinary Venezuelans are organizing to survive the sanctions and crisis and to build new institutions of participatory socialism.

Watch the film: https://youtu.be/R7aqGjwry0k?t=2

Adrién and her daughter Desiree are among those featured in the film. Desiree has a disease of the lymph nodes and cannot obtain treatment, in large part because of U.S. sanctions. Please donate money for medicines for Desiree and other victims of U.S. sanctions: https://www.gofundme.com/venezuelamedicines

Want to organize a film screening in your town or city? Want to order a DVD of the film? Donate $20 or more at the above link and then email info@venezuelansundersiege.com with your mailing address, and we’ll send you a DVD version along with promotional materials.

Want more historical background on Venezuela? Check out the #HandsOffVenezuela syllabus from our friends at the Organization for a Free Society


Discussion Guide for Venezuelans Under Siege for Use in Classrooms and Public Events