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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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CROSSING BORDERS: A CUBAN RETURNS

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Immigration 

This video chronicles the 1998 return to Cuba of an American college professor, Dr. Magaly Lavendenz, forced as a child to leave Cuba in 1962, and who grew up in the U.S., but with a distinct Cuban identity.

LA OPERACION
LA OPERACION

Health  Latin-American Studies  Latino Studies  Spanish Language  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Puerto Rico has the highest incidence of female sterilization in the world. Over one-third of all Puerto Rican women of childbearing age have been sterilized. So common is the operation that it is simply known as ‘la operacion.' Using newsreels and excerpts from government propaganda films, plus interviews with Puerto Rican women, doctors, birth control specialists and politicians, this film explores the controversial use of sterilization as a means of population control.

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ABORTION: STORIES FROM NORTH AND SOUTH

Asian Studies  Health  Irish Studies  Latino Studies  Political Science  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Each year, an estimated 30 to 55 million women throughout the world obtain induced abortions. More than half of these abortions are illegal and an estimated 84,000 of them result in death. This cross-cultural survey shows how abortion transcends race, religion and social class, and how differences in the practice and perception of abortion are mainly in the degree of secrecy and danger accompanying it.

LUISA CAPETILLO: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE
LUISA CAPETILLO: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE

Latin-American Studies  Latino Studies  Media Studies  Puerto Rican Studies  Spanish Language  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Dramatizes the life and work of Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922), a Puerto Rican journalist, writer, suffragist, and labor organizer.

SEE ME: FIVE YOUNG LATINAS
SEE ME: FIVE YOUNG LATINAS

American Studies  Education  Latino Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

Five teen-aged Latinas living in San Francisco's Mission District-most of them recent immigrants from Mexico or other Central American countries-talk frankly about their lives, from discrimination and school , to friends and family relationships, experiences with gang activity and violence, and plans for the future. Their comments are blended with footage of neighborhood life and other activities to provide meaningful insights into the everyday lives of young Hispanic women in the U.S. today.

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THE HEART OF LOISAIDA

Urban Studies  Sociology  New York City  Latino Studies  Criminal & Law  Architecture  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Depicts the efforts of Latino residents of New York's Lower East Side who have taken over their own buildings abandoned by landlords. Organizing themselves into Tenants' Associations, they undertake the repair and renovation of their decaying tenements and provide their own services.

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PASSIN' IT ON: 25 YEARS ORGANIZING THE NORTHWEST BRONX

Urban Studies  Sociology  New York City  Latino Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

During the Sixties and early Seventies, banks, insurance companies, the City of New York, and many landlords drew a red-line around the Bronx and abandoned its neighborhoods. More than 12,000 fires burned each year, 300,000 people fled, and in the South Bronx 40% of the homes were destroyed.

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GATHERING UP AGAIN: FIESTA IN SANTA FE

Sociology  Native American Studies  Latino Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the Santa Fe Fiesta, America's oldest continuous community celebration, which commemorates the Spaniards' "bloodless reconquest" of the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico in 1692.

IMAGES OF FAITH
IMAGES OF FAITH

Spanish Language  Religion & Spirituality  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the centuries-old tradition in Puerto Rico of using hand-carved santos in Catholic religious practices. The film visits an elderly santero (carver) and his teenage apprentice, revealing the skill and artistry of this ancient craft as well as the importance of the saints in the lives of the faithful.

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THE NATIONALISTS

Spanish Language  Political Science  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies 

Surveys the activities of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party in the 1950s, including the background to the shooting incident in the U.S. Congress by four Puerto Rican nationalists in March 1954, and the contributions of the movement's leading figure, Don Pedro Albizu Campos.

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PUERTO RICO: PARADISE INVADED

Economics  Latin-American Studies  Latino Studies  Political Science  Spanish Language 

Examines the history and present-day reality of Puerto Rico, including the history and the contemporary relationship between the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S.; the impact of industrialization on the island's economy, ecology and social life; economic exile and life in New York City; and the history of the Puerto Rican independence movement.

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CORPORATION WITH A MOVIE CAMERA

American Studies  Cultural Studies  Latino Studies  Media Studies 

This unusual video examines the ways in which corporate representations have shaped Americans' ideas about Third World countries.

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DREAMS ENSNARED: DOMINICAN MIGRATION TO NEW YORK

American Studies  Economics  Labor Studies  Latino Studies  New York City  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

This documentary examines the situation of Dominican immigration into New York City, detailing the economic pressures of unemployment and poverty in the Dominican Republic which have led to a rapidly growing Dominican community in New York, primarily in Brooklyn and the Washington Heights area of Upper Manhattan.

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AÑO NUEVO

American Studies  Chicano Studies  Economics  Labor Studies  Latino Studies  Immigration 

This expose of the plight of undocumented Mexican workers in the U.S. also provides a comprehensive overview of the complex issue of Mexican immigration, including interviews with prominent scholars, attorneys and organizers.

Particularly recommended as a teaching tool regarding issues of Latino Studies, Chicano Studies, Immigration, and Cultural Studies.

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THROUGH YOUNG PEOPLE'S EYES

Family Relations  Latino Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

An insightful documentary portrait of young black and Hispanic teenagers, primarily girls, growing up in a poor urban neighborhood.

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DOLORES

Family Relations  Latino Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies 

This short drama on domestic abuse, based on extensive research with battered Latinas, focuses on a Hispanic family, showing how the father's machismo has intimidated both wife and daughter into continual fear of physical abuse and alienated the son who resents his father's authoritarian attitudes.

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NIÑOS DE ESPERANZA: CHILDREN OF HOPE

Architecture  Chicano Studies  Education  Latino Studies  Sociology  Urban Studies 

Documents the efforts of a group of American volunteers--including architects, artists, teachers and psychologists--in building and operating a primary school in a poor Tiajuana neighborhood.

FRAME-UP!
FRAME-UP!

American Studies  Criminal & Law  Latino Studies  Political Science  Pacific Street Films 

Examining the case of Martin Sostre, a black Puerto Rican bookstore owner in Buffalo, New York who was framed on drug possession charges in 1967 and sentenced to prison, this film shows how the American justice system can be abused for purposes of political repression.

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HOMEBOYS

American Studies  Chicano Studies  Latino Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Depicts life in Cuatro Flats, a housing project in East Los Angeles, as seen through the eyes of Chicano gang members, or "homeboys."

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