Latin-American Studies


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LIGHT MEMORIES OF RIO

Latin-American Studies  Photography  Short Films 

Examines the history of photography in Brazil, dating from 1839, and simultaneously traces the history of the development of Rio de Janeiro as one of the world's major cities and a political and cultural center of Brazil. The video discusses the experiences of photographers of the period, showing the evolution of photography as an art and a trade.

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MARTIN CHAMBI AND THE HEIRS OF THE INCAS

Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Photography  Spanish Language 

Profiles the life and work of Martin Chambi (1891-1973), a full-blooded Indian, who ran his own photographic studio in Cuzco, Peru's ancient Inca capital, where he photographed many of Peru's wealthy European families.

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HAVANA POSTMODERN: THE NEW CUBAN ART

Art History  Latin-American Studies  Spanish Language 

Examines the new Cuban art movement and its social and cultural roots, featuring interviews with artists and students at Cuba's top art school, who discuss Cuban national identity, censorship and self-expression, and how one makes a living as an artist in a socialist society.

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PUERTO RICO: ART AND IDENTITY

American History  American Studies  Art History  Economics  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Puerto Rican Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Short Films  Sociology  Spanish Language  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Surveys the work of plastic artists in Puerto Rico during the 20th century, as well as significant forerunners in the 18th and 19th centuries, focusing on the artists' expression of national identity. The video combines illustrations of hundreds of art works with interviews with a dozen major contemporary artists and commentary by art critics.

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REVELACIONES/REVELATIONS:HISPANIC ART OF EVANESCENCE

Spanish Language  Short Films  Latin-American Studies  Art History  American Studies 

Documents the Fall 1993 construction at Cornell University of site-specific installations by eight acclaimed Hispanic artists, featuring interviews with the artists, scenes of the exhibit, as well as the controversy and protest it engendered on campus.

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CREATION OF THE WORLD: A SAMBA-OPERA

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

This music and dance spectacular, sung and danced by members of the award-winning Beija Flor Samba School and photographed during the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, dramatizes the legend of genesis according to Yoruba mythology.

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SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Spanish Language  Sociology  Music  Latin-American Studies 

A colorful and entertaining survey of protest music in Central America, from Mexico City to Managua, where popular music has become a forum for social commentary and political protest.

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THE MUSIC OF THE DEVIL, THE BEAR, AND THE CONDOR

Spanish Language  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Anthropology 

Takes us to the heart of the Andes to capture the atmosphere of the annual music festivals, showing ceremonies of the Aymara Indians who dress as devils, bears and sacred spirits that come to life at carnival time.

EVERYDAY ART
EVERYDAY ART

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

This contemporary portrait of folkloric traditions in Cuba, focusing on the everyday life of musicians and dancers.

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DESTINATION BARBADOS

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Short Films 

This video, which documents one of the oldest cultural festivals in the Western Hemisphere, celebrates the vitality of calypso music today on the island of Barbados.

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PABLO NERUDA: POET

Spanish Language  Literature  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning poet. In an interview conducted shortly before his death, Neruda discusses his worldview and explains his writing methods.

THE LIFE AND POETRY OF JULIA DE BURGOS
THE LIFE AND POETRY OF JULIA DE BURGOS

Women's Studies  Spanish Language  Short Films  Literature  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies 

This docudrama portrays the life and work of the great Puerto Rican poet, from her impoverished childhood in Puerto Rico, to her political involvement as a young woman in the nationalist movement, to her subsequent exile in Cuba and New York where she died in 1953.

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MARIO VARGAS LLOSA: THE NOVELIST WHO WOULD BE PRESIDENT

World History  Spanish Language  Political Science  Literature  Latin-American Studies 

Profiles the life and work of one of the world's greatest contemporary novelists, who in 1990 campaigned unsuccessfully for the Presidency of Peru.

VERSO NEGRO: Black Verse Poetry of the Spanish Caribbean
VERSO NEGRO: Black Verse Poetry of the Spanish Caribbean

Spanish Language  Puerto Rican Studies  Performing Arts  Music  Literature  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Featuring poetry performances that often resemble contemporary rap, this film examines an important aspect of Afro-Caribbean cultural heritage.

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FOR THE FIRST TIME

Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Cinema Studies  Short Films 

Celebrates the universal and almost magical appeal of motion pictures by showing a Cuban Film Institute mobile film unit traveling deep into the Cuban countryside to show peasants their first movie.

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TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY

Short Films  Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Cinema Studies  Directed by Women 

A profile of Fernando Birri, 'Father' of the New Latin American Cinema.

THE NEW CINEMA OF LATIN AMERICA (series)
THE NEW CINEMA OF LATIN AMERICA (series)

Latin-American Studies  Cinema Studies  Spanish Language  Women's Studies 

This two-part documentary examines the social and artistic roots of the national cinemas of Latin America.

MAMA, I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU
MAMA, I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU

LGBTQ  Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Family Relations 

This autobiographical video, in which the filmmaker reveals his homosexuality to his mother, explores the awkward situation of being ‘out’ to friends but closeted to family.

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