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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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STREET VENDORS: THE INFORMAL MAJORITY OF MEXICO

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Environmental Studies  Economics 

This documentary examines the human side of Mexico's informal economy, which is estimated to comprise some two-thirds of the country's working population. Featuring interviews with five street vendors and a resident economics scholar, the video will stimulate discussion on government regulation, economic sustainability, environmental health, and the NAFTA debate.

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BRAZIL: A REPORT ON TORTURE

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies 

This video shows why young, idealistic students, well-to-do lawyers, priests, and poor working people often become identified as enemies of the state and, subsequently, torture victims. It features interviews with former political prisoners who recount their experiences of torture administered by Brazil's political police during the Sixties, when the country was ruled by a right-wing military regime.

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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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TAKING AIM

Sociology  Spanish Language  Media Studies  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

In 1985, Monica Frota, an independent Brazilian filmmaker, collaborated with the Kayapo people of the Brazilian rain forest to develop Mekaron Opoi D'joi (He Who Creates Images), the first Kayapo media project.

DECLINE OF THE MAYAN EMPIRE, THE
DECLINE OF THE MAYAN EMPIRE, THE

World History  Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Archeology  Anthropology 

This video chronicles the history of the Mayans, the most sophisticated civilization among pre-Columbian societies.

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LAFANMI SELAVI

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

Filmed at a center for street children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, founded by former President Aristide in 1986, this video interviews five young children.

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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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