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AQABAT JABER: PASSING THROUGH

Sociology  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies 

Portrays life in Aqabat Jaber in the West Bank, one of sixty Palestinian refugee camps built "temporarily" by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) in the early 1950s. The film portrays daily life in the camp, and includes interviews with representatives of three generations of Palestinians.

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DOES THE CACTUS HAVE A SOUL?

Sociology  Political Science  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies 

Examines the controversial historical issues surrounding the Israeli destruction of Palestinian villages and the confiscation of Arab-owned land during and following the Arab-Israeli War.

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HOSTAGE OF TIME

Women's Studies  Sociology  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Health 

This documentary focuses on the experience of a young woman doctor who in August 1993 returns to her village in South Lebanon to find it badly damaged after a massive Israeli attack which destroyed fifty villages and displaced 450,000 people.

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HANAN ASHRAWI: A WOMAN OF HER TIME

Women's Studies  Sociology  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Directed by Women 

Profiles Hanan Ashrawi, former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization during the Middle East peace talks with Israel, but who later turned down a position in the new government in favor of continuing her efforts on behalf of peace and human rights.

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TARGET NICARAGUA: INSIDE A COVERT WAR

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latino Studies 

This video reveals what the CIA's clandestine action looks like, not from the Washington offices of policy circles but from the ground, where words like 'covert action' are translated into suffering, dislocation and death.

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PANCHO VILLA'S COLUMBUS RAID

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Chicano Studies  Latino Studies 

Examines an unusual episode of the Mexican Revolution, on March 9, 1916, when Pancho Villa's guerrilla band attacked the small border town of Columbus, New Mexico.

NEIGHBORS: THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO
NEIGHBORS: THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latino Studies  Labor Studies  Economics  Chicano Studies  Immigration 

An in-depth look at economic relations between the U.S. and Mexico, including banking, trade and illegal immigration, and the impact of maquiladoras—labor-intensive factories owned by U.S. firms but located in Mexico—and how these "offshore" operations affect American consumers and workers.

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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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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