Latin-American Studies

THE MODERN JUNGLE
THE MODERN JUNGLE

Anthropology  Cinema Studies  Indigenous Studies  Latin-American Studies  Media Studies  2017 

A genre-bending portrait of globalization, we follow a Mexican Zoque shaman and his encounters with outside forces—from capitalism, to the culture of cinema, and the directors themselves.

EL MAR LA MAR
EL MAR LA MAR

2017  Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Chicano Studies 

El Mar La Mar is a lyrical and highly topical cinematographic exploration of the Sonoran Desert, and the harrowing stories of the undocumented immigrants that risk crossing it to make it to America.

SAMUEL IN THE CLOUDS
SAMUEL IN THE CLOUDS

2017  Environmental Studies  Latin-American Studies  Science  Sociology  Cinema Studies 

In Bolivia, the glaciers are melting. Samuel, a ski lift operator at the world’s highest elevation ski resort is seeing firsthand the effects of climate change. Generations of his family have lived and worked in the snowy mountains, but now due to unprecedented environmental changes, the snow is gone. With scientists looking for answers, Samuel turns to ancient rituals to soothe the mountain’s spirit in hopes of bringing back the snow and his way of life.

LA LAGUNA
LA LAGUNA

2016  Latin-American Studies  Environmental Studies  Indigenous Studies  Anthropology  Children & Young Adult  Family Relations  Short Films  Cultural Studies  Spanish Language 

An immersive, visually stunning portrait of a childhood on the margins of society by Emmy-nominated director Aaron Schock, La Laguna documents the remarkable journey undertaken by a Mayan adolescent as he tries to navigates the changing world around him in the endangered rainforests of southern Mexico.

SALERO
SALERO

2016  Environmental Studies  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  Labor Studies  Business  Family Relations  Women's Studies  Spanish Language 

A rare and thorough look at the earth’s largest salt flat, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, Salero is a poetic journey through the eyes of one of the last remaining salt gatherers. This secluded region is thrust into the future when Bolivia embarks on a plan to extract a precious mineral from the Salar and to build an infrastructure that will connect it to the modern world.

THE ABORTION HOTLINE
THE ABORTION HOTLINE

2016  Women's Studies  Latin-American Studies  Health  Human Sexuality  Medicine  LGBTQ  Criminal & Law  Spanish Language 

The Abortion Hotline allows viewers inside the lives and tireless grassroots efforts of a group of young lesbian and feminist activists who put their lives at risk to run an underground abortion hotline in Chile, one of six countries in the world where abortion is prohibited under any circumstance, even in cases of rape or risk to the life of the mother.

VIRAMUNDO: a musical journey with gilberto gil
VIRAMUNDO: a musical journey with gilberto gil

Music  Anthropology  2013  Indigenous Studies  Latin-American Studies 

After decades of sold out shows and international recognition, musician Gilberto Gil embarks on a new kind of world tour. Traveling from Brazil to Australia and Africa, where he meets with local indigenous communities, Gil continues the work he began as Brazil's first black Minister of Culture - promoting the power of cultural diversity in a globalized world and sharing his vision for the future: a diverse, interconnected planet filled with hope, exchange… and of course music!

BEAUTIFUL FACES
BEAUTIFUL FACES

Latino Studies  Health  Latin-American Studies  Children & Young Adult  2013  Medicine 

A profoundly moving and compelling portrait of one of the world's most remarkable hospitals, located in the bustling heart of Mexico City, which provides affordable, life-saving and life-transforming facial reconstructive surgery for local children. A truly remarkable documentary from the producer of Two Spirits .

CANICULA
CANICULA

Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Indigenous Studies  2012 

An engrossing ethnographic work, Canícula is a study of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Totonac people of Veracruz, Mexico, who have resided in this region for thousands of years. Beautifully photographed, this documentary features rare footage of the Totonac's "voladores" ritual ("the flying dance"), named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

THEY COME FOR THE GOLD
THEY COME FOR THE GOLD

Latin-American Studies  Environmental Studies  Health  2011 

In 2002, the mining company Meridian Gold arrived in Esquel, a small town in Argentina suffering from 40% unemployment. Meridian's operation would inject $120M into the local economy, but their methods raised serious environmental and health concerns. This film documents a local conflict with global consequences.

CINEVARDAPHOTO
CINEVARDAPHOTO

Photography  Art History  Cinema Studies  Latin-American Studies  2010  Directed by Women 

A triptych of film essays exploring the photographic medium, Cinevardaphoto is a wonderfully potent and incisive work from Agnes Varda, director of The Beaches of Agnes and The Gleaners and I, who began her career as a photographer before turning to film.

ANECDOTES ABOUT FIDEL
ANECDOTES ABOUT FIDEL

Latin-American Studies  Political Science  2010  Directed by Women 

When a young Fidel Castro rescued his friend, Father Llorente, from drowning, he said it was a miracle and prayed to the Virgin Mary. Gabriel Garcia Marquez once gave Castro a copy of Stoker's Dracula which kept him up all night. A witty, engaging collection of personal anecdotes offers new insight into the Cuban leader.

LANDS
LANDS

Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Environmental Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  2010  Directed by Women 

Deep in the Amazon rainforest, three cities form a unique triple border between three South American countries: Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Beautifully photographed, Lands examines the impact of borders, commerce and urbanization on the lives of the local and indigenous population as well as the surrounding ecology.

CAMPESINOS... we will inherit the earth
CAMPESINOS... we will inherit the earth

Latin-American Studies  Environmental Studies  Economics  Labor Studies  2010 

Most of us rarely think twice about being able to buy a fruit or vegetable at any time of year or season. Campesinos... We Will Inherit the Earth profiles three children in Central America whose farming families are responsible for sustainably growing products that are everyday staples in our society - and are available every day.

LA AMERICANA
LA AMERICANA

Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Political Science  Sociology  American Studies  Criminal & Law  Labor Studies  New York City  2009  Immigration 

The story of a single mother forced to leave her ailing daughter in Bolivia in order to provide her with a better life is woven into the current debate over amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Winner of multiple awards at Latino film festivals, La Americana puts a human face on this timely and controversial issue.

A LIFE IN PRINT
A LIFE IN PRINT

Chicano Studies  Latino Studies  Media Studies  Art History  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  American Studies  2009 

A rich historical record of Chicano art, life and culture since WWII, A Life in Print profiles influential artist and printmaker Xavier Viramontes, founding member of Galeria de la Raza, whose iconoclastic silkscreen poster for the United Farmworkers rallied a nation and sparked the Chicano movement in art.

THE LEAST OF THESE
THE LEAST OF THESE

Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Criminal & Law  American Studies  Political Science  2009  Immigration 

A look at one of the most controversial aspects of American immigration policy: family detention. The Least of These brings to light the troubling conditions inside the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former prison operated by a private corporation that is being used to house immigrant families.

THE NEW AMERICANS
THE NEW AMERICANS

2009  Chicano Studies  Kartemquin Films  Political Science  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  African Studies  African-American Studies  Immigration 

A landmark seven-hour documentary series, The New Americans follows the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants - from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, India, Nigeria and Palestine - to offer a kaleidoscopic picture of immigrant life in the U.S. Available for the first time in its entirety on DVD.

A PROMISE TO THE DEAD: the exile journey of ariel dorfman
A PROMISE TO THE DEAD: the exile journey of ariel dorfman

Latin-American Studies  Literature  Political Science  Sociology  World History  2009 

An exploration of exile, memory and democracy through the words and recollections of playwright/author/activist Ariel Dorfman ("Death and the Maiden"), a member of Salvador Allende's socialist government and witness to the violent coup that ushered in Pinochet's reign. From the director of Shake Hands with the Devil.

WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA
WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA

Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Literature  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Don Quixote, Les Misérables, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The practice of reading classic works of literature to workers at cigar factories dates back to the mid-1800s. With a Stroke of the Chaveta explores this rich tradition that continues to flourish in Cuba.

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