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INNOVATING NICARAGUA
INNOVATING NICARAGUA

Economics  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Spanish Language 

Shows how the Innovators Movement of the Sandinista Workers Union fabricated machine parts and other items to maintain the Nicaraguan economy during the U.S. economic blockade.

CAMILO TORRES: THE GUERRILLA PRIEST
CAMILO TORRES: THE GUERRILLA PRIEST

Latin-American Studies  Political Science  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

A film biography of the Colombian priest who was killed by government anti-guerrilla forces in 1966, becoming a revolutionary martyr and symbol of the new activist priest in Latin America.

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RETURNING TO CHILE

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

An emotionally moving investigation of the problems of identity and adjustment confronting Chilean youngsters who returned to Chile after many years in exile with their parents.

CHILE: BY REASON OR BY FORCE
CHILE: BY REASON OR BY FORCE

Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Political Science  Directed by Women 

Examines the legacy of ten years of dictatorship in Chile, focusing on the four days of nationwide protest surrounding the ten year anniversary of the coup lead by General Pinochet.

AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

Economics  Latin-American Studies  Political Science  Sociology 

Reveals the nature and the extent of the U.S. government and corporate complicity in the 'destabilization' campaign and the 1973 coup that overthrew Allende's Popular Unity government in Chile.

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WHEN THE PEOPLE AWAKE

Economics  Latin-American Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Spanish Language 

Documents the peaceful transition from capitalism to socialism attempted by Allende's Popular Unity Government in Chile in 1970-73, tracing its historical background, developments and impending tragedy.

TWENTY YEARS LATER
TWENTY YEARS LATER

Labor Studies  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Political Science 

In the early Sixties, the Brazilian peasant leader, João Pedro Teixeira, was assasinated by two gunmen hired by local landowners. Teixeira's story was being filmed as a docu-drama when the 1964 military coup prevented the completion of the film. The entire crew was imprisoned and their equipment confiscated. Twenty years later, in a more democratic Brazil, director Eduardo Coutinho recovered his confiscated film and located the murdered peasant's widow and children. Coutinho's interviews with her and other families are interwoven with sequences from the original docu-drama to produce an unusually provocative historical film.

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STRONG ROOTS

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

This video documents the struggles of peasants in the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, which is engaged in a national political campaign to occupy and cultivate unused land.

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VOODOO KINGDOM

African Studies  Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

In Haiti and many African countries today, voodoo is an integral part of daily life. Filmed in the Republic of Benin, this video examines the reality of voodoo as a polytheistic religion, including more than 260 gods, the beliefs of which include ancestral worship and direct dealing with supernatural forces.

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MAKING DO

Economics  African Studies  Asian Studies  Criminal & Law  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language 

Faced with widespread conditions of mass unemployment, poverty, urban crowding, and governmental crisis, more than a billion people in some 100 underdeveloped nations throughout the Third World have developed their own 'informal economy,' a parallel lifestyle operating on the margins of the society's formal economy and legal system, which provides them with a means of survival.

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TO LIVE TO BE 140

Latin-American Studies  Death & Dying  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  Aging / Gerontology  Sociology 

This video features an interview with Dr. Alexander lief, a gerontology specialist at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital, who discusses his on-location study of the people living in the Andean village of Vilcabamba in Ecuador.

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PANORAMA

Dance  Latin-American Studies  Performing Arts  Spanish Language 

The historical collage of Cuban Dance forms, including contradanza, danzon, son, mambo, cha-cha-cha, and culminating in an exuberant carnival celebration, features dancers from Cuba's famed El Conjunto Nacional de Danza Moderna.

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THE DAY OF THE DEAD

Cultural Studies  Death & Dying  Latin-American Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Spanish Language 

This documentary examines one of the most significant holidays on the Mexican calendar, showing how it is celebrated today and tracing its historical background, which goes back 3,000 years.

GRASS WAR!: PEASANT STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL
GRASS WAR!: PEASANT STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL

Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Directed by Women 

In 1959, some 800 families resisted efforts to remove them from their remote farms. One peasant leader, Jofre Correa Netto, became known as the “Fidel Castro of Brazil,” and became the target of an assassination attempt.

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WOMEN OF VIEQUES

Women's Studies  American Studies  Latin-American Studies  Political Science  Puerto Rican Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

This video shows the involvement of Puerto Rican women in the continuing protest movement against U.S. Navy use of the island of Vieques as a military training site.

THE NEW CINEMA OF LATIN AMERICA: THE LONG ROAD
THE NEW CINEMA OF LATIN AMERICA: THE LONG ROAD

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

The Long Road, examines the development of new forms of representation, repression against filmmakers, and the emergence of a new women's cinema.

THE NEW CINEMA OF LATIN AMERICA: CINEMA OF THE HUMBLE
THE NEW CINEMA OF LATIN AMERICA: CINEMA OF THE HUMBLE

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

Explores the movement's origins, traces the evolution of its theoretical and esthetic positions, and focuses on the development of cinema in Cuba and Nicaragua.

GRENADA: THE FUTURE COMING TOWARDS US
GRENADA: THE FUTURE COMING TOWARDS US

Latin-American Studies  Europe  Political Science  Spanish Language  World History  Directed by Women 

Examines the aims and accomplishments of the New Jewel Movement and the reasons for the Fall 1983 U.S. military invasion.

LA SEÑORA EVA PERON
LA SEÑORA EVA PERON

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

This historical documentary, filmed in Argentina, chronicles the life of Eva Peron (1919-1952) through a wealth of archival footage, rare photos, and interviews with many of her colleagues, closest confidants, and contemporary political leaders.

SACRIFICIO: WHO BETRAYED CHE GUEVARA?
SACRIFICIO: WHO BETRAYED CHE GUEVARA?

Criminal & Law  Latin-American Studies  Political Science  World History  Sociology  Spanish Language 

The one person singled out as ultimately responsible for Guevara’s capture was his former lieutenant, Ciro Bustos. His version of those events, combined with interviews with historians, former CIA agents and Bolivian army officers, raises serious questions about how history is written.

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