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THE UNCOMPROMISING REVOLUTION

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies 

Profiles the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro at political middle age. The Cuban leader reflects on his life and Cuba past, present and future and declares his continuing faith in communism.

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CUBA VA!: THE CHALLENGE OF THE NEXT GENERATION

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

This controversial documentary looks at Cuba's future from the outspoken and dynamic perspective of Cuban youth. Interviews and spontaneous, street corner debates are interwoven with rarely seen views of Cuban youth culture. The result is an unprecedented view of a critical moment in Cuban history and Cuban/U.S. relations.

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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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THIS OTHER HAITI

Sociology  Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies 

In contrast to the predominant media image of an oppressed and powerless Haitian populace, this documentary examines the activities of a nationwide peasant movement for social change in Haiti.

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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.

REBELLION IN PATAGONIA
REBELLION IN PATAGONIA

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies 

This classic of the Latin American cinema is based on actual historical events involving the brutal military suppression of a series of strikes during the early Twenties by rural workers in the southernmost province of Argentina.

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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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CONVERSATION WITH ALLENDE

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

In this historic interview, President Salvador Allende articulates his basic beliefs and lays out the program he intends to pursue as leader of the Popular Unity government.

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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.

CUBA AMOR
CUBA AMOR

Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Environmental Studies 

This beautifully photographed video gives a rare (for Americans) view of Cuba. Apart from its current economic crisis as an embattled socialist government, it is also an undeniably beautiful Caribbean island which current U.S. laws prevent most American tourists from visiting.

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CHANGING TIDES

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Economics 

Examines the phenomenon of the Cuban "balseros," those Cuban citizens who in the summer of 1994, in response to the island's deepening economic crisis, took to the sea in flimsy, homemade rafts in a desperate attempt to reach Florida.

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.

MALAJUNTA
MALAJUNTA

Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies 

This documentary examines the 1976-1983 period in Argentina, when that nation was terrorized by one of the cruelest military dictatorships in Latin American history.

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THE MESOAMERICAN CULTURAL CODE

Spanish Language  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Human Sexuality  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Chicano Studies 

This three-part video series examines different social aspects of the cultures of Mesoamerica (i.e., the nations of Mexico and Central America).

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STEPPIN': MICHAEL MANLEY IN JAMAICA

Spanish Language  Political Science  Latin-American Studies 

This video shows Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley during an election campaign throughout the island nation.

THE SIXTH SUN: MAYAN UPRISING IN CHIAPAS
THE SIXTH SUN: MAYAN UPRISING IN CHIAPAS

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Chicano Studies 

Visually interweaving the Mayan past and the Mexican Revolution with contemporary reality, this documentary portrays an epic confrontation pitting impoverished peasants against large landowners and government forces in Mexico's poorest state.

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