Latin-American Studies


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IN CANE FOR LIFE

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Environmental Studies  Economics 

Shot during the seven months of the Brazilian sugar cane harvest, this video portrays what may be the last generation of the nation's 800,000 sugar cane cutters (an environmental law approved by the National Congress has ruled that by 2015 practically all cane harvesting must be mechanized).

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HAUNTED LAND

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

In this feature-length documentary, two paths cross on a tortuous descent into Guatemala's tragic past: that of Mateo Pablo, Maya survivor of one of many massacres that took place during the country's recent civil war, and Daniel Hernandez-Salazar, Guatemalan artist and photographer, whose work deals with local human-rights violations.

GROWING UP ON THE STREETS: 12 YEARS LATER
GROWING UP ON THE STREETS: 12 YEARS LATER

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  Spanish Language  Psychology & Psychiatry  Latin-American Studies  Family Relations 

In 1988, filmmakers Luc Cote and Robbie Hart went to Cusco, Peru, to make a documentary about the life of the city's street kids, runaway children from dysfunctional families or youngsters abandoned by their parents, who struggle to survive on their own.

BITTER CANE
BITTER CANE

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Economics 

Examines the history of Haiti, from the 1804 revolution to the occupation (1915-34) by U.S. Marines, and the repressive Duvalier regimes of `Papa Doc' and `Baby Doc.'

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PARAGUAY: THE FORGOTTEN DICTATORSHIP

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

Offers a rare look at Latin America's oldest dictatorship, that of General Alfredo Stroessner, who took power in 1954.

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VILLA EL SALVADOR: A DESERT DREAM

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies 

Tells the remarkable story of Peru's Villa El Salvador, one of Latin America's best organized squatter settlements, with 300,000 inhabitants, dozens of schools, markets and recreation areas. Interviews with residents are combined with scenes of daily life in the community.

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GUATEMALA: ROADS OF SILENCE

Sociology  Spanish Language  Political Science  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies 

Examines the plight of Guatemalan Indian peasants victimized by the government's counterinsurgency program which has led many Guatemalans to go into exile or to become internal refugees inside the country.

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PRODUCING MIRACLES EVERYDAY

Economics  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Spanish Language 

Over half of the Latin American labor force works in the "informal economy," creating their own forms of income and employment through hard work and ingenuity. This documentary celebrates the resourcefulness of impoverished people throughout the developing world for whom economic necessity is truly the mother of invention.

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GROWING UP IN THE SOUTH

Children & Young Adult  Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Sociology  Latin-American Studies 

This documentary chronicles one week in the life of street kids living in Cusco, Peru. Working in collaboration with a shelter for some of Cusco's 3,000 street kids, the filmmakers enlist several of the youngsters to form a street theatre company.

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LISTEN CARACAS

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology 

A Yekuana Indian chief in the Amazon, a leader in the struggle for indigenous rights, speaks out forcefully about the disrespectful attitude shown towards his people by colonizers and missionaries.

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LAND FOR ROSE

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

Examines the popular movement for land reform in Brazil. The film shows massive demonstrations, marches and protests throughout Brazil, including the establishment of a large camp of some 1500 landless peasants at an unused private farm in Rio Grande do Sul.

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I SPENT MY LIFE IN THE MINES

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

This film autobiography of a Bolivian miner also chronicles the rise and fall of the mining industry and the political history of Bolivia.

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MISSING CHILDREN

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

Portrays the courageous efforts of Argentine mothers and grandmothers to locate their children and grandchildren who were among the innocent victims of the military junta's "dirty war" against the opposition in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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CHILDREN IN DEBT

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

Examines the controversial issue of Latin America's `external debt' to the U.S., focusing on the ways it affects children, including malnourishment, lack of medical care,

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THE CHILDREN'S WAR (guerra dos meninos)

Children & Young Adult  Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Criminal & Law  Directed by Women 

This prize-winning documentary examines both the causes and consequences of the brutal war of extermination Brazilian society is waging against its own children.

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HOLY FATHER AND GLORIA

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

An emotionally powerful account of Pope John Paul's 1987 visit to Chile, which caused a massive outpouring of political discontent with the Pinochet regime, including emotional appeals to the Pope to support protests over the imprisonment and torture of political prisoners, the lack of political freedom, and widespread hunger and unemployment.

FAVELAS
FAVELAS

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

Takes viewers into the heart of the Brazilian favelas, the slums that spread uncontrollably through Sao Paulo, Brazil's wealthiest industrial center. The social reality of this cruel habitat is examined by those who dwell there and by artists, philosophers, educators and sociologists.

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MOTIVATIONS

Spanish Language  Short Films  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

A portrait of painter Manuel Mendive who discusses the African themes in his art.

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I AM JUANA BACALLAO

Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Music  Directed by Women 

A profile of the colorful singer who uses the street Spanish of Cuba to sing, swagger and slang her way into the hearts of her audience.

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CHAMPIONS

Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies 

Members of the 1978 world champion Cuban women's volleyball team discuss their long hours of training and discipline, the thrill of their victory, and the painful nostalgia of retirement.

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