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BENEDITA DA SILVA

Sociology  Spanish Language  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

A profile of the first black woman ever to be elected city councillor and member of the Brazilian Parliament from the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro.

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SACRED EARTH

Spanish Language  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Economics  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Reveals the plight of landless peasants in Guatemala, where property ownership is restricted to a small percentage of the nation's most wealthy citizens.

THE DEVIL'S DREAM
THE DEVIL'S DREAM

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Portrays the appalling socio-political realities of contemporary Guatemala, where the majority of the population--malnourished and illiterate--are exploited by wealthy landowners and businessmen and brutally repressed by the military.

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MIAMI-HAVANA

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Family Relations  Criminal & Law  Directed by Women 

Examines the continuing human tragedy of families divided as a result of the thirty year conflict between the U.S. and Cuba.

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SECUESTRO: A STORY OF A KIDNAPPING

Spanish Language  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Latin-American Studies  Criminal & Law  Directed by Women 

This critically acclaimed feature documentary dramatizes the complex problem of kidnapping in Colombia, where the disparity between rich and poor has turned kidnapping for ransom into a virtual business, with a kidnapping occurring every seven hours.

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QUE HACER?

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Filmed during the historic 1970 elections in Chile, blends documentary footage of the Salvador Allende political campaign-including vicious street battles, mass rallies and screaming crowds-with a fictional story of political intrigue.

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WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING HAPPY

Women's Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language  Political Science  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Profiles the Workers Party (PT) in Brazil, the largest left-wing political party in the world today, and the most important political opposition to emerge in Brazil since the formal return to democratic rule in 1985. Comprised of union activists, environmentalists, peasants, Afro-Brazilian groups, women's organizations, and street children, the PT has been instrumental in the struggle for human rights and political reforms against corruption.

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PROFESSION: CHILD

Children & Young Adult  Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Directed by Women 

This shocking documentary, produced by the International Labour Organization, reveals the exploitation of child labor in Brazil today, focusing on the daily lives of four children in and around Rio de Janeiro.

THE CUBAN EXCLUDABLES
THE CUBAN EXCLUDABLES

Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

The Cuban Excludables is about the thousands of Cuban detainees held in prisons throughout the U.S. With no due process or legal redress, some of them spent years behind bars and cannot be sent back to Cuba by INS due to lack of agreements between the US and Cuba. These Cuban 'excludables' are thus in a legal limbo that leaves them imprisoned indefinitely.

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VOICES FROM THE FIELDS

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Environmental Studies  Economics  Chicano Studies  Directed by Women 

This documentary follows farmworkers from California's Salinas Valley back to their roots in the fields of rural Mexico, where they recount their everyday struggle to cope in the midst of the globalization of agriculture and the impact of NAFTA.

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TAKING AIM

Sociology  Spanish Language  Media Studies  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

In 1985, Monica Frota, an independent Brazilian filmmaker, collaborated with the Kayapo people of the Brazilian rain forest to develop Mekaron Opoi D'joi (He Who Creates Images), the first Kayapo media project.

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LAFANMI SELAVI

Children & Young Adult  Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Family Relations  Directed by Women 

Filmed at a center for street children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, founded by former President Aristide in 1986, this video interviews five young children.

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF TISOEUR: HAITI AFTER DUVALIER

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Chronicles events in Haiti since the collapse of the Duvalier regime, from the downfall and ignominious flight into exile of "Baby Doc" Duvalier and his wife (seen arriving in their BMW with military escort in predawn darkness at Port au Prince airport), moving first-person accounts of the brutality of the tontons macoutes and the regime's other human rights abuses, to the nation's first democratic election, the Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide's halting rise to power with the assistance of U.S. military intervention, and the September 1991 military coup.

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WHO WILL CAST THE FIRST STONE?

Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Criminal & Law  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the impact of Islamization on women in Pakistan, revealing the oppression and injustice which has led Pakistani women to the forefront of the political struggle for equal rights.

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KABABAIHAN: FILIPINA PORTRAITS

Women's Studies  Sociology  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Profiles some of the key women involved in the grassroots organizing of the `People's Power' revolution in the Philippines which brought down Ferdinand Marcos and swept Corazon Aquino to power in 1989.

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ESCAPE FROM CHINA

Children & Young Adult  World History  Sociology  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Filmed on location in the People's Republic of China under clandestine conditions, this documentary re-creates the remarkable experience of student leader Zhang Boli after his flight from Beijing in the repressive aftermath of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations in June 1989.

BITTER PARADISE: THE SELL-OUT OF EAST TIMOR
BITTER PARADISE: THE SELL-OUT OF EAST TIMOR

Political Science  Photography  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

When photographer Elaine Briere visited Portuguese East Timor in 1974, she found a highly developed, centuries-old culture with a refined aesthetic and social sensibility. Her photos would become the last record of a people about to face virtual annihilation, because, when Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975, the world looked the other way.

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STRANGE SPIRIT: ONE COUNTRY'S OCCUPATION

Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Blending archival footage and contemporary interviews, this documentary chronicles the true story of the Chinese invasion and brutal occupation of Tibet, a country where hopes for democracy and religious freedom are routinely punished by imprisonment and torture, a continuing tragedy which the Chinese government bars international human rights groups from investigating.

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LANDMINES OF THE HEART

Sociology  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

This video examines Cambodia today, a country struggling to overcome the legacy of more than two decades of civil war and the genocide which left two million dead in the 'killing fields' of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge.

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DHARAMSALA: TIBET IN EXILE

World History  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Tibetans in exile discuss the discrimination and human rights abuses their people suffer from the occupying Chinese government. These interviews, filmed in the U.S. and in a Buddhist monastery in Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's government in exile in Northern India, are blended with historical footage of the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet, surveillance footage of the brutal Chinese suppression of a major protest by Tibetan monks in 1988, and contemporary footage and photos of life in Dharamsala, the second home for Tibetan refugees.

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