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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF TISOEUR: HAITI AFTER DUVALIER

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

Chronicles events in Haiti since the collapse of the Duvalier regime, from the downfall and ignominious flight into exile of "Baby Doc" Duvalier and his wife (seen arriving in their BMW with military escort in predawn darkness at Port au Prince airport), moving first-person accounts of the brutality of the tontons macoutes and the regime's other human rights abuses, to the nation's first democratic election, the Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide's halting rise to power with the assistance of U.S. military intervention, and the September 1991 military coup.

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ONLY EMPTINESS REMAINS

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Family Relations 

This emotionally devastating feature documentary examines political repression and the situation of the 'disappeared' during Argentina's 'dirty war' in the late Seventies.

COURAGE OF THE PEOPLE
COURAGE OF THE PEOPLE

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies 

A dramatic reenactment of the historic 1967 massacre of 'The Night of San Juan,' when the Bolivian army launched a surprise nighttime attack upon striking tin miners and their families.

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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.

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CUBA AT A CROSSROADS

Spanish Language  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies 

This four-part series examines changes in Cuban society during the post-Soviet economic crisis between 1994-98.

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WHO WILL CAST THE FIRST STONE?

Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Criminal & Law  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the impact of Islamization on women in Pakistan, revealing the oppression and injustice which has led Pakistani women to the forefront of the political struggle for equal rights.

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BAKWET: REFUGEES IN THEIR OWN LAND

Sociology  Political Science  Asian Studies 

Examines the plight of Filipino peasants who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the Aquino government's military offensive against rebels of the New People's Army, with the evacuees facing an uncertain future in crowded, makeshift camps.

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KABABAIHAN: FILIPINA PORTRAITS

Women's Studies  Sociology  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Profiles some of the key women involved in the grassroots organizing of the `People's Power' revolution in the Philippines which brought down Ferdinand Marcos and swept Corazon Aquino to power in 1989.

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ESCAPE FROM CHINA

Children & Young Adult  World History  Sociology  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Filmed on location in the People's Republic of China under clandestine conditions, this documentary re-creates the remarkable experience of student leader Zhang Boli after his flight from Beijing in the repressive aftermath of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations in June 1989.

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YOUNG VIETNAM

Asian Studies  Sociology 

An inside look at the last generation of Vietnamese to remember the horrors of the Vietnam War and the first to hope for an end to the country's isolation by increasing trade and communication with the West.

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STRANGE SPIRIT: ONE COUNTRY'S OCCUPATION

Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Blending archival footage and contemporary interviews, this documentary chronicles the true story of the Chinese invasion and brutal occupation of Tibet, a country where hopes for democracy and religious freedom are routinely punished by imprisonment and torture, a continuing tragedy which the Chinese government bars international human rights groups from investigating.

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THESE SHOES WEREN'T MADE FOR WALKING

Women's Studies  Sociology  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies 

Filmmaker Paul Lee explores the lives of four generations of Chinese women in his family, using their shoes-from the four-inch silk sandals made for his great- grandmother's bound feet during the Ching Dynasty to the Italian leather pumps of his career-minded sister-as a reference point for the cultural and social forces which have shaped their lives.

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PURE CHUTNEY

Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

Explores the Indian community in Trinidad, outlining the events and accidents of history that constitute this example of the Indian diaspora, and interviewing various Trinidadian- Indians about the hybridity of their culture and their relationship, if not preoccupation, with India.

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LANDMINES OF THE HEART

Sociology  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

This video examines Cambodia today, a country struggling to overcome the legacy of more than two decades of civil war and the genocide which left two million dead in the 'killing fields' of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge.

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DHARAMSALA: TIBET IN EXILE

World History  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Tibetans in exile discuss the discrimination and human rights abuses their people suffer from the occupying Chinese government. These interviews, filmed in the U.S. and in a Buddhist monastery in Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's government in exile in Northern India, are blended with historical footage of the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet, surveillance footage of the brutal Chinese suppression of a major protest by Tibetan monks in 1988, and contemporary footage and photos of life in Dharamsala, the second home for Tibetan refugees.

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SONGOLOLO: VOICES OF CHANGE

Sociology  Music  Literature  Dance  Cultural Studies  African Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the role of black resistance to apartheid in South Africa through a look at two of the nation's leading cultural activists and popular performers--poet Mzwakhe Mbuli and writer/ performer Gcina Mhlophe.

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SENSE OF FREEDOM, A

Sociology  Political Science  African Studies 

Examines Africa's smallest country, the Gambia, as one of only a few successful multi- party democracies on the continent. Award-winning African journalist Hilton Fyle surveys the social and economic reasons underlying this success, featuring interviews with President Jawara and other government leaders, foreign and domestic investors and businessmen, the EEC delegate to the Gambia, and the leader of the political opposition.

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SONG OF THE SPEAR

Sociology  Music  Cultural Studies  African Studies 

Examines the role of culture in the struggle for national liberation in South Africa by interspersing performances by the Amandla Cultural Ensemble with footage of the mass singing of resistance songs on the streets of South Africa and interviews with leading cultural workers of the African National Congress.

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AFTER THE BATTLE

African Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language  Directed by Women 

In 1975, the first Cuban soldiers went to Angola to help defend that newly independent government from invasion by South African troops. After nearly fourteen years of bitter conflict, the Angolan War ended, Namibia was established as an independent state, and Cuban and South African troops have returned home. Filmed on location in Angola, South Africa and Cuba, this documentary examines the politics of the war from both sides and features remarkable combat footage, archival material and interviews with Cuban and South African soldiers as well as grieving families of those who died in the war.

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NAMIBIA: REBIRTH OF A NATION

Sociology  Political Science  African Studies 

After twenty-three years of armed struggle against South African occupation forces, Namibia gained its independence in 1990. This video documents the challenges facing Namibians in rebuilding a nation dispossessed by a lifetime of colonial domination and devastated by decades of occupation.

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