WASTE LAND

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Mixes art with social projects. Addresses issues such as classism.

Copy: M   Format: DVD   Language: Portuguese and English   Subtitles: Portuguese and English   Length:  99 minutes   Copy ID: 1441  Comments:  Source:

EL PAIS DE LOS PUEBLOS

Raca tackles racial inequality in Brazil, via the lives of three black Brazilians: Paulo Paim, the only black senator of the republic; Netinho Paula, singer and TV presenter, and Tiny dos Santos, Maroon activist and granddaughter of slaves. The filmmakers followed these 3 people for a number of years – people they consider are on the frontlines of the country’s race debate/divide – in an effort to bring something unique to the public.

Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: None   Length: 42 minutes   Copy ID: 1451  Comments:    Source:

RACA

Raca tackles racial inequality in Brazil, via the lives of three black Brazilians: Paulo Paim, the only black senator of the republic; Netinho Paula, singer and TV presenter, and Tiny dos Santos, Maroon activist and granddaughter of slaves. The filmmakers followed these 3 people for a number of years – people they consider are on the frontlines of the country’s race debate/divide – in an effort to bring something unique to the public.

Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: Portuguese   Subtitles: English   Length: 104 minutes   Copy ID: 1438   Comments:    Source:

 

7 DIAS 7 NOCHES

A film on the lives of three women who live in contemporary Cuba.

Copies: 1 (DVD+R); Length: 106 minutes

CASA VIEJA

In the film, Esteban returns home due to his father’s illness. Existential conflicts come back to life because little has changed since his departure.

Copies: 1 (DVD+R); Length: About 100 minutes

HABANASTATION

Habanastation is a 2011 Cuban drama film directed by Ian Padron. Filmed in a slum in western Havana, the film addresses inequalities in Cuba through the relationship between two children of different social strata. The film was selected as the Cuban entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

Copies: 1 (DVD+R); Length: 115 minutes

BOLETO AL PARAISO

Cuba, 1993. Eunice, a motherless teenager, seeks to escape her father’s sexual harassment. So, she seeks out her sister who lives in a town near the capital. Alejandro, a young rock ‘n’ roll singer, is tired of being discriminated against. And after robbing a pharmacy, he departs for Havana with a pair of friends. Fate intertwines the lives of the two teenagers and they embark on a “ticket to paradise.”

Copies: 1 (DVD+R); Length: 88 minutes

 

WHICH WAY HOME

Title: WHICH WAY HOME
Description: A heart-wrenching exploration of a lesser-known dimension of Central American migration to the United States. Every year tens of thousands of unaccompanied children, attempt to migrate through Mexico to the United States. Some as young as nine years old, these children ride atop the roofs of Mexican freight trains in hopes of getting to the United States. This film centers on the experiences of two teenagers from Honduras, Kevin and Fito, following them as they make their way north. The film explores their experiences undertaking a journey that is harrowing even for the most resourceful of adults. Interviews with migrant children,immigration officials, and parents back home reveal the myriad dangers these children face and their determination to brave these dangers in hopes of obtaining a better life.
Subject: Migration/Immigration, Latinos/Chicanos, Social Issues
Type: Documentary
Year: 2009
Director: Rebecca Cammisa
Country: Central America/Mexico/United States
Film ID: 700
Comments:
Created: 5/13/2010
Copy: 1   Format: DVD-R   Language: English and Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 90 minutes   Copy ID: 1362   Comments:    Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 4/7/2011

WE DON’T PLAY GOLF HERE!

Title: WE DON’T PLAY GOLF HERE!
Description: Mexico serves as a Third World example of how “free market” economics distorts culture and environment. The construction of a golf course is more than the military trying to replace the democratic sport, soccer, with golf. It is how the golf course is going to affect the people in the surrounding area. Fertilizers and pesticides will pollute the nearby waters, Constructing the golf course would require the government to cut down trees, creating an environmental issue. People who believe in taking care of the natural forests around them were being punished by the military for not agreeing with their course of action. Without an individual voice the people of Mexico came together and had strikes against the golf company, the metal company dumping materials, in order to move toward a more democratic country. Despite globalizing efforts of the govenment, the people of Tepozitlan will always fight for what they believe in.
Subject: Culture/Festivals/Food, Economics/Development, Environment/Geography, Politics/Human Rights, Social Issues
Type: Documentary
Year: 2007
Director: Saul Landau
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 789
Comments:
Created: 10/25/2012
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 33 Minutes   Copy ID: 1416   Comments:    Source: Donation   Price: 0   Acquired: 10/25/2012

THOSE I LEFT BEHIND

Title: THOSE I LEFT BEHIND
Description: Those I Left Behind is a documentary that explores the transnational ties that bind Cuban-Americans in the United States to their families still living on the Island. The film also speaks to the controversial travel restrictions enacted by the U.S Government and the emotional impact on the lives of four Cuban families.
Subject: Migration/Immigration, Social Issues, Culture/Festivals/Food
Type: Documentary
Year: 2006
Director: lisandro Perez-Rey
Country: U.S / Cuba
Film ID: 770
Comments:
Created: 2/10/2012
Copy: 1m   Format: DVD   Language: english and spanish   Subtitles:    Length: 45 minutes   Copy ID: 1402   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source: Gato Films   Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

TENGO VAMOS A VER

Title: TENGO VAMOS A VER
Description: Tengo Vamos a Ver is a short documentary and tribute to 50 years of UNEAC, with testimonies by several contributors and through poems by Nicolas Guillen. The director provides a brief tour of the development of UNEAC on the island of Cuba, and its achievements and contribution to Cuban culture policy.
Subject: Culture/Festivals/Food, Politics/Human Rights
Type: Documentary
Year: 2011
Director: Miguel Tores
Country: Cuba
Film ID: 774
Comments:
Created: 3/20/2012
Copy: 1m   Format: DVD   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: None   Length: 22 minutes   Copy ID: 1404   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source: UNEAC   Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

SOBADA

Title: SOBADA
Description: Sobada is a documentary about the techniques used by midwives in Mexico in order to help a woman during her pregnancy. The specific technique discussed in the video is called sobada which is a type of abdominal massage. This technique is used by the indigenous midwives in order to make the process of birth easier.
Subject: Social Issues, Social Life and Customs
Type: Documentary
Year: 2007
Director: Erica Barbiani
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 779
Comments:
Created: 4/9/2012
Copy: 1   Format: DVD-R   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: None   Length: 35 Minutes   Copy ID: 1406   Comments:    Source:    Price: 0

SIN DEJAR HUELLA

Title: SIN DEJAR HUELLA (WITHOUT A TRACE)
Description: Sin Dejar Huella uses drama and comedy in equal measure to tell the story of two women–one Spanish and the other Mexican–fleeing from their respective pasts. Ana, a con artist, and Aurelia, a young mother escaping from her drug-dealing husband, meet on the road by chance. Protecting one another from the dangers that pursue them, they travel from northern Mexico to Chiapas. Along the way they gradually learn the truth about one another.
Subject: Social Issues, Drama, Comedy, Travel
Type: Feature Film
Year: 2000
Director: María Novaro
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 744
Comments:
Created: 4/11/2011
Copy: 1   Format: DVD-R   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 109 minutes   Copy ID: 1363   Comments:    Source: Film festival   Price: 0   Acquired: 4/11/2011

SHOVELING WATER

Title: SHOVELING WATER
Description: Journey to the heart of coca country where United States tax dollars have financed the aerial fumigation of 2.6 million acres of land in Colombia – the world’s second most biodiverse country. See crop-duster’s target coca plants, the main ingredient of cocaine, with concentrated herbicide as part of the U.S. war on drugs. Listen to people on the ground, hear about the impacts, and learn new ideas about how to solve this deadly problem.
Type: Documentary
Year: 2009
Director: Witness for Peace Colombia Team
Country: Colombia
Film ID: 756
Comments:
Created: 11/28/2011
Copy: M   Format: DVD   Language: English and Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 24 min.   Copy ID: 1390   Comments: only checking out for classrooms   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 11/1/2011

PRESUMED GUILTY/PRESUNTO CULPABLE

Title: Presumed Guilty
Description: In December, 2005, Tono Zuniga was picked up off the street of Mexico City, Mexico, and sentenced to 20 years for a murder he knew nothing about. A friend of Tono’s contacted two young lawyers, Robert Hernandez and Layda Negrete, who gained prominence in Mexico when they helped bring about the release of another innocent man from prison. Shot over three years with unprecedented access to the Mexican courts and prisons, this dramatic story is a searing indictment of a justice system that presumes guilt.
Type: Documentary
Year: 2009
Director: Roberto Hernandez & Geoffrey Smith
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 753
Comments:
Created: 11/28/2011
Copy: M   Format: DVD   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 88 min.   Copy ID: 1388   Comments: only checking out for classrooms   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 11/1/2011

ORFEU

Title: ORFEU
Description: The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice is retold against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The story is enhanced by brilliant performances, thrilling music, and magnificent color photography.
Type: Feature Film
Year: 1999
Director: Carlos Diegues
Country: Brazil
Film ID: 10
Comments:
Created:
Copy: 1   Format: DVD-R   Language: Portuguese   Subtitles: English   Length: 112 minutes   Copy ID: 1032   Comments:    Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

Title: NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT
Description: For his new film director Patricio Guzmán, famed for his political documentaries (The Battle of Chile, The Pinochet Case), travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. The Atacama is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, “disappeared” by the Chilean army after the military coup of September, 1973. So while astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, at the foot of the mountains, women, surviving relatives of the disappeared whose bodies were dumped here, search, even after twenty-five years, for the remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families’ histories. Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers
Subject: Environment/Geography, Politics/Human Rights
Type: Documentary
Year: 2010
Director: Patricio Guzmán
Country: Chile
Film ID: 785
Comments:
Created: 7/27/2012
Copy: M   Format: DVD   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 90 Minutes   Copy ID: 1413   Comments:    Source: Icarus Films   Price: 400   Acquired: 7/25/2012

NOAM CHOMSKY: NEW WORLD ORDER

Title: NOAM CHOMSKY: NEW WORLD ORDER
Description: A talk by Noam Chompsky on the negative effects of U.S. policy in Latin America and the Middle East.
Type:
Year:
Country:
Film ID: 765
Comments:
Created: 1/17/2012
Copy: 1m   Language:    Subtitles:    Length:    Copy ID: 1398   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

NEW WORLD BORDER

Title: NEW WORLD BORDER
Description: New World Border documents the rise in human rights abuses along the U.S.-Mexico border since the implementation of border blockades, which have been erected in populated areas throughout the border region during the last decade. This film includes interviews with immigrant rights organizers, testimony from immigrants, analysis of “free trade” policies & current efforts to build a vibrant movement for immigrant rights.
Type: Documentary
Year: 2001
Country: USA/Mexico
Film ID: 8
Comments:
Created:
Copy: 1   Format: DVD-R   Language: English   Subtitles: None   Length: 28 minutes   Copy ID: 8   Comments:    Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 2/23/2009

LAS MOMIAS

Title: MOMIAS, LAS
Description: This film documents “The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato” exhibition which appeared at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, NC in 2012. The history of the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, through the lens of its “accidental mummies”, is explained by historians, architects, anthropologists, and forensics teams. The mummies and crypts are carefully preserved and contribute to the city’s rich cultural heritage.
Subject: History, Social Life and Customs
Type: Feature Film
Year: 2012
Country: United States
Film ID: 794
Comments:
Created: 10/23/2013
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: English and Spanish   Subtitles:    Length: 55 minutes   Copy ID: 1422   Comments:    Source: Natural Science Center of Greensboro, NC   Price: 0   Acquired: 10/21/2013

MAYAS U SU’UT KA’ANSAH

Title: MAYAS U SU’UT KA’ANSAH
Description: Filmed in the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatán, “U Su’us Ka’ansah (The Cycle of Teaching) depicts the living ancestral science within Mayan communities. We are given the opportunity to partake in their cultural practices, experiences, and knowledge, as well as their unique ways of thinking. In addition, the documentary reveals ancient Mayan principles which are still present in Yucatán communities today. We are presented with the problems surrounding their language, customs, ceremonies, traditional medicinal practices, products, and land, and how these endanger their cultural identity and ancestral knowledge.
Subject: Indigenous Peoples, Anthropology/Archaelogy, Environment/Geography, Social Life and Customs
Type: Documentary
Year: 2007
Director: Abhayaco Balam
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 798
Comments: Audio is in Mayan, subtitles available in Spanish, English, French, and German
Created: 10/23/2013
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: Mayan   Subtitles: English or Spanish   Length: 60 minutes   Copy ID: 1418   Comments:    Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 10/23/2013
Copy: 2   Format: DVD   Language: Mayan   Subtitles: English or Spanish   Length: 60 minutes   Copy ID: 1419   Comments:    Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 10/23/2013
Copy: m   Format: DVD   Language: Mayan   Subtitles: English & Spanish   Length: 60 minutes   Copy ID: 1417   Comments: Master Copy for Classroom Use Only   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 10/23/2013

LIVING JUAREZ

Title: LIVING JUAREZ
Description: After Mexican President Felipe Calderón declared war on drug cartels in December 2006, thousands of people have died in Mexico. Juarez is now considered the deadliest city in the world and where most of the casualties of the War on Drugs have occurred. Among those killed were youths from the neighborhood of Villas de Salvárcar, whom the government had described as gang members. Living Juarez follows the families of the victims as they speak out against Calderón and the violence in this area.
Subject: Social Issues
Type:
Year: 2010
Director: Alexandra Halkin
Country: mexico
Film ID: 769
Comments:
Created: 2/7/2012
Copy: 1m   Format: DVD   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 21 minutes   Copy ID: 1400   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source: americas media initiative   Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

LA PRISION INSOMNE

Title: LA PRISION INSOMNE
Description: This documentary gives the viewer the unfortunate important facets of life and the controversial work of the poet Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés, Plácido, during the first half of the turbulent and contradictory colonial nineteenth century in Cuba. The audiovisual speech reveals different nuances and mysteries about the identity of the bard and the essential features and significance of the poetry staff. The film also delves into their participation in the so-called Escalera Conspiracy against the Spanish government in power at the time.
Type: Documentary
Year: 2009
Director: Regino Olivar
Country: Cuba
Film ID: 757
Comments:
Created: 11/30/2011
Copy: M   Format: DVD   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 47 min.   Copy ID: 1389   Comments:    Source: M. Barret   Price: 0   Acquired: 11/1/2011

LA CONJURA DE APONTE

Title: LA CONJURA DE APONTE
Description: With the help of two important Cuban historians, La Conjura de Aponte describes the social context at the time of Jose Antonio Aponte’s rebellion against Spanish rule in Cuba. Aponte, a free black, sought to unite slaves and free blacks in order to stop Spanish rule.
Subject: History, Social Issues
Type:
Year: 2010
Director: Regino Oliver
Country: Cuba
Film ID: 761
Comments:
Created: 1/13/2012
Copy: 1 m   Language:    Subtitles:    Length: 24 minutes   Copy ID: 1394   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

JOGO DE CENA

Title: JOGO DE CENA (PLAYING)
Description: In this film, ordinary Brazilian women who have responded to a newspaper ad tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho. In September of the same year, actresses interpret, in their own way, the stories told by those chosen. There are three levels of representation in the film. First, real people tell of their real lives. Second, these characters serve as a challenge to the actors. And third, some of these actors then act out or speak about their own real lives. This film was donated by Duke University Visiting Instructor Aaron Lorenz.
Type: Documentary
Year: 2007
Director: Eduardo Coutinho
Country: Brazil
Film ID: 795
Comments:
Created: 10/23/2013
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: portuguese   Subtitles: English & Spanish   Length: 107minutes   Copy ID: 1424   Comments:    Source: Aaron Lorenz   Price: 0   Acquired: 10/21/2013

SEIS HISTORIAS BRASILEIRAS

Title: 6 HISTORIAS BRASILEIRAS
Description: ‘6 Brazilian Histories: Santa Cruz’ shows the development of an evangelical church in the Santa Cruz suburb of Rio de Janeiro Brazil and the transformations that the church has made in the lives its congregation. The director wanted to show point of views that are rarely shown in the news. The film was originally released as a television series in 2000.
Type:
Year: 2000
Director: João Moreira Salles
Country: Brasil
Film ID: 783
Comments:
Created: 5/3/2012
Copy: 1m   Format: DVD   Language: Portuguese   Subtitles: English   Length: 60 minutes   Copy ID: 1411   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

HISTORY OF A COMMITTED CINEMA

Title: HISTORY OF A COMMITTED CINEMA
Description: This is a short fast-paced film displaying the work of the Nicaraguan Film Institute, INCINE, which is a part of the Sandinistan government in Nicaragua. It outlines the difficult technical, cinematic and political tasks confronting INCINE as it strives to build a native film industry.
Subject: Cinema/Theater, Comedy
Type: Documentary
Year: 1983
Director: Emilio Rodriguez
Country: Nicaragua
Film ID: 780
Comments:
Created: 4/10/2012
Copy: 1m   Format: DVD   Language: spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 15 minutes   Copy ID: 1407   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source: Icarus Films   Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

HARVEST OF LONELINESS

Title: HARVEST OF LONELINESS
Description: In today’s weak economy, current immigration laws in different states of the country show hostility towards undocumented immigrants. This was not the case during and after World War II where the United States was in need of laborers who would work the fields of California and other states. This documentary explores the Bracero Program, and immigration reform that sought Mexican workers for temporal guest workers. These workers could not join unions, strike, or seek redress of their grievances, making them vulnearable for exploitation. The program was supposed to boost the economies of both countries, but Mexican wives and children were left behind as husbands traveled north in search of the American Dream. The documentary shows how the main reason for the program was to provide cheap labor without regard for the Mexican families. 58 minutes
Subject: Latinos/Chicanos, Social Issues, Migration/Immigration
Type: Documentary
Year: 2010
Director: Gilbert Gonzalez
Country: US/Mexico
Film ID: 750
Comments: Master Copy: Classroom use only
Created: 10/17/2011
Copy: M   Format: DVD   Language: English   Subtitles: Spanish   Length: 56 Minutes   Copy ID: 1385   Comments: For classroom use only   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

GRINGO NEXT DOOR

Title: GRINGO NEXT DOOR
Description: When Jack sees that his chickens are missing, he turns on the only people he thinks to blame – his Hispanic neighbors. The solution? Hire immigrant labor to build a wall between the two homes. A hilarious web of miscommunication ensues in this humorous satire. This short film was shot by UNC-CH students in Pittsboro, NC.
Type:
Year: 2009
Director: Habib Yazdi
Country:
Film ID: 784
Comments:
Created: 5/4/2012
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: English and Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 15 minutes   Copy ID: 1412   Comments: donated by Habib Yadzi , contact Seana Monley for extra copies .   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

ENTRE LOS MUERTOS

Title: ENTRE LOS MUERTOS
Description: Entre Los Muertos is a documentary by Jorge Dalton which examines the way San Salvador’s citizens cope with the violence of devastating street crime, constant earthquakes and the ripple effects of decades long war. The film yields strong emotions as it explores the ways in which people perceive and deal with death. The film displays communities who live in cemeteries where tombstones are playgrounds, ‘funerary brokers’ who scout dead bodies for commission, families who bury kin in their backyard, and funerals and festivities on the Day of the Dead. It is an investigation of the economy of death, the value of life and how San Salvadorians walk a fine line between normalizing and desensitizing death, due to their historical roots in violence.
Subject: History, Latinos/Chicanos, Politics/Human Rights
Type: Documentary
Year: 2006
Director: Jorge Dalton
Country: El Salvador
Film ID: 782
Comments:
Created: 4/10/2012
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: spanish   Subtitles: English   Length: 60 minutes   Copy ID: 1409   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

EN EL CAMINO DE NUESTROS ANTEPASADOS

Title: EN EL CAMINO DE NUESTRAS ANTEPASADOS
Description: This film uses puppets to deliver lessons about Yucatec Maya language, culture, and history. It deals with issues of contemporary and ancient Maya heritage. The main characters travel to different sites including Chichen Itza, and learn about things such as traditional Maya farming practices, ancient Maya religion, and heritage site looting and preservation.
Subject: Animated, Anthropology/Archaelogy, Environment/Geography, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues
Type: Documentary
Year: 2012
Director: MACHI
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 786
Comments:
Created: 7/27/2012
Copy: M   Format: DVD   Language: Maya   Subtitles: English & Spanish   Length: 60 Minutes   Copy ID: 1414   Comments:    Source: MACHI   Price: 0   Acquired: 7/24/2012

EL HOMBRE ILUSTRANDO

Title: EL HOMBRE ILLUSTRANDO
Description: Manuel Mendive is known as one of the most important contemporary Cuban painters. Medive was born in 1944 in Havana, Cuba. Mendive integrates materials such as paint, fabric, and shells to create costumes, and decorate the forest. This VHS contains two short films. The first short film shows the dance performance piece, while the second film shows Mendive painting and illustrates his artistic process.
Type:
Year: 1992
Director: Ortiz Zárate
Country:
Film ID: 764
Comments: No dialogue; Set to music; Features some nudity
Created: 1/17/2012
Copy: 1 m   Format: VHS   Language:    Subtitles:    Length:    Copy ID: 1397   Comments: dialogue; Set to music; Features some nudity, master copy for classroom use only   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

DENYING BRAZIL

Title: DENYING BRAZIL
Description: A documentary film about the taboos, stereotypes, and struggles of Black actors in Brazilian television “soaps.” Based on his own memories and on a sturdy body of research evidence, the director analyzes race relations in Brazilian soap operas, calling attention to their likely influence on Black people’s identity-forming processes.
Subject: Cinema/Theater, History, Politics/Human Rights
Type: Documentary
Year: 2000
Director: Joel Zito Araujo
Country: Brazil
Film ID: 788
Comments:
Created: 10/16/2012
Copy: Master and Copy 1   Format: DVD   Language: Portuguese   Subtitles: English   Length: 92 Minutes   Copy ID: 1415   Comments:    Source: Art Mattan/ AfricanFilm   Price: 0   Acquired: 10/9/2012

CUBA: AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY

Title: CUBA: AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY
Description: Cuba : an African Odyssey is a documentary of Cuba’s central, yet little known, role in supporting African national liberation during the Cold War. This two-part DVD firsts deals mainly with Cuba’s involvement in the Congo in the early 60’s and the second with Cuba’s intervention in Angola in the 70’s to early 90’s. Directed by Jihan El-Tahri , the documentary also includes interviews with many of the powerful people involved including Pik Botha and Fidel Castro.
Subject: History, Politics/Human Rights
Type: Documentary
Year: 2007
Director: Jihan El Tahri
Country: Africa , Cuba
Film ID: 772
Comments:
Created: 2/14/2012
Copy: 1m   Format: DVD   Language: Eng,French,Spanish, German , Portuguese   Subtitles: English & Spanish   Length: 190 minutes   Copy ID: 1403   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source: art france development   Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

CRISE FINANCEIRA

Title: CRISE FINANCEIRA: O QUE PENSAM A JUVENTUDE BRASILEIRA E AS TRABALHADORAS DOMÉSTICAS…?
Description: “Financial Crisis: Latin American Youth and Women Domestic Workers’ Views” interviews young people and domestic workers about the global financial crisis of 2008-present. Interviewees offer their opinions about the roots of the crisis and offer solutions. Part of 4-DVD collection, “Coletânea Gênero, Raça e Etnia.”
Subject: Economics/Development, Social Issues
Type: Documentary
Year: 2010
Country: Brazil
Film ID: 734
Comments: Part of 4-DVD collection,
Created: 2/21/2011
Copy: 1   Format: DVD-R   Language: Portuguese   Subtitles: English & Spanish   Length: 11 minutes   Copy ID: 1365   Comments:    Source: Donation: Kia Caldwell via UN   Price: 0   Acquired: 4/11/2011

BROTHER TOWNS

Title: BROTHER TOWNS
Description: Brother Towns/Pueblos Hermanos describes the lives of immigrants from Jacaltenango, Guatemala who currently work and reside in Jupiter, Florida. The documentary explores the motives of migration to the United States and the hardships that the Mayan descendants of Jacaltenango face either in Guatemala or in the United States. The documentary also includes the voices of those who have responded to undocumented immigration: those who adamantly oppose it and also the advocates who help migrants acclimate to a new place.”
Subject: Migration/Immigration
Type: Documentary
Year: 2010
Director: Charles Thompson and Michael Davey
Country:
Film ID: 760
Comments:
Created: 1/13/2012
Copy: 1 m   Format: DVD   Language:    Subtitles:    Length: 58 minutes   Copy ID: 1393   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

BETTY Y PANCHO

Title: BETTY & PANCHO
Description: A portrait of the 50 year marriage of Elizabeth Catlett, the renowned African American sculptor, and the Mexican painter, Francisco Mora. Now in their eighties, the couple share the same studio in Cuernavaca, and exhibit their work in New York, Mexico City, London, and Berlin. The granddaughter of North Carolina slaves, Catlett has been presented the key to the city of New Orleans on the occasion of its bicentennial, and won many other awards. Some of her work is included in the Museum of Art at NC Central.
Subject: Art, Music/Dance, Biography
Type: Documentary
Year: 1998
Director: Juan Mora Catlett
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 359
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BAJO EL TACANA

Title: BAJO EL TACANA
Description: Bajo el Tecana is a short documentary about a group of women migrants, who are interviewed by a group of researchers, before heading to the north. The film takes place in the village of Soconusco, Chiapas on the border between Guatemala and Mexico. Made with the support from Mexican Commission on Human Rights and the OIM ( International Organization for Migration), this film combines text, testimonials and images.
Subject: Border, Migration/Immigration
Type: Documentary
Year: 2007
Director: Isabel Vericat
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 781
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Created: 4/10/2012
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AL OTRO LADO

Title: AL OTRO LADO
Description: An aspiring corrido composer from the drug capital of Mexico faces two choices to better his life: to traffic drugs or to cross the border illegally into the United States. From Sinaloa, Mexico, to the streets of South Central and East L.A., Al Otro Lado explores the world of drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and the corrido music that chronicles it all. Description from producer.
Subject: Migration/Immigration, Border, Economics/Development, Latinos/Chicanos
Type: Documentary
Year: 2005
Director: Natalia Almada
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 743
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Created: 4/4/2011
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JOGO DE CENA

Title: JOGO DE CENA (PLAYING)
Description: In this film, ordinary Brazilian women who have responded to a newspaper ad tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho. In September of the same year, actresses interpret, in their own way, the stories told by those chosen. There are three levels of representation in the film. First, real people tell of their real lives. Second, these characters serve as a challenge to the actors. And third, some of these actors then act out or speak about their own real lives. This film was donated by Duke University Visiting Instructor Aaron Lorenz.
Type: Documentary
Year: 2007
Director: Eduardo Coutinho
Country: Brazil
Film ID: 795
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Created: 10/23/2013
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: portuguese   Subtitles: English & Spanish   Length: 107minutes   Copy ID: 1424   Comments:    Source: Aaron Lorenz   Price: 0   Acquired: 10/21/2013

LAS MOMIAS

Title: MOMIAS, LAS
Description: This film documents “The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato” exhibition which appeared at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, NC in 2012. The history of the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, through the lens of its “accidental mummies”, is explained by historians, architects, anthropologists, and forensics teams. The mummies and crypts are carefully preserved and contribute to the city’s rich cultural heritage.
Subject: History, Social Life and Customs
Type: Feature Film
Year: 2012
Country: United States
Film ID: 794
Comments:
Created: 10/23/2013
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: English and Spanish   Subtitles:    Length: 55 minutes   Copy ID: 1422   Comments:    Source: Natural Science Center of Greensboro, NC   Price: 0   Acquired: 10/21/2013

LOS PUEBLOS INDIGENAS DE HOY

Title: PUEBLOS INDIGENAS, LOS
Description: Los Pueblos Indigenas Hoy is a ten part series that is an educational resource about the indigenous peoples of Mexico. Sponsored by the Mexican government, the series aired on Mexican national television in 2010 in honor of the Bicentennial celebration of Mexican independence. It features studio interviews with indigenous people, including rights advocates and leaders. Each program is 55 minutes and is presented in Spanish and using Spanish subtitles to translate interviews, with two programs on each DVD.

Four-disc set.
Subject: Indigenous Peoples, Culture/Festivals/Food, Social Life and Customs
Type: Documentary
Year: 2010
Country: Mexico
Film ID: 792
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Created: 10/23/2013
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: spanish   Subtitles: Spanish   Length: 55 minutes per program   Copy ID: 1420   Comments:    Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 10/9/200

BABAS

Title: BABAS
Description: This is a documentary about the history of wet nursing among Brazilian families. The film is a reflection on how it had developed over the years in different contexts throughout the twentieth century, from black slaves nursing white children to mothers hiring a nanny. The film uses subjective narration, autobiographical elements, photographs, domestic footage, and newspaper ads to reflect on how genuine affective relationships are nevertheless influenced by a long-range history of racial oppression in Brazil. This film was donated by Duke University Visiting Instructor Aaron Lorenz.
Subject: History, Social Issues, Social Life and Customs
Type: Documentary
Year:
Country: Brazil
Film ID: 799
Comments:
Created: 10/25/2013
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: portuguese   Subtitles: English   Length: 20 minutes   Copy ID: 1423   Comments:    Source: Aaron Lorenz   Price: 0   Acquired: 10/21/2012

WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING

Title: WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING
Description: This documentary explores the music of the famous Haitian orchestra “Septentrional” along with the violent history of Haiti. Through Septentrional’s powerful musical pieces, accompanied with brutal scenes, viewers are taken on a graphic journey through Haiti’s culture and history; from French colonialism and bloody revolutions to natural disasters and foreign debt while Septentrional’s beautiful sounds of Haitian voodoo beats and Cuban big band serve as a backdrop. This film contains graphic images.
Subject: History, Social Life and Customs, Music/Dance, Culture/Festivals/Food
Type: Documentary
Year: 2011
Director: Whitney Dow
Country: United States/Haiti
Film ID: 793
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Created: 10/23/2013
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: english   Subtitles: English   Length: 84 minutes   Copy ID: 1421   Comments:    Source: N/A   Price: 0   Acquired: 8/21/2013

RIGHT TO MOURN

About mothers who are fighting for justice surrounding the murders of their children by police in Rio.  The film looks at three massacres in particular, exploring these mothers’ stories and how they provide support to one another.

THE GUESTWORKER

The Guestworker tells the story of Don Candelario “Don Cande” Gonzales Moreno, a 66-year old farmer from Durango, Mexico.  He has been coming to the United States in a regular basis to work the tobacco and other agricultural fields since the 1960s.  The film also portrays the owners of Wester Farms in North Carolina, the employers who use men like Don Cande to work their fields.  The owners see in Don Cande a hard-working, committed man who comes back every year through the H2A Guest Worker program.  Conditions in the farm are not optimal, for sometimes the men go for weeks without work due to either drought or rain.  The employers provide money for groceries and homes that may or not be adequate.

Length: 53 Minutes

 

CIMARRON

This film describes the story of Esteban, a Cuban who lived through slavery and the War of Independence, through the eyes of Miguel Barnet.  Esteban Montejo, a 105- year old, who lived through beatings and the cruelty of slavery recounts his story of how his African roots were grounded in the Caribbean.   Barnet describes his experience of interviewing and getting to know an extraordinary man like Esteban.

 

GEOGRAFIAS SUAVES 2

Part 2 of a series of shorts from the 2004 Geografias Suaves regional film festival which feature Maya speaking peoples from Yucatan and Chiapas. The shorts include a video postcard documenting the lives and everyday experiences of children and their communities as well as stories based on folklore and oral tradition from the region.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: ___ Minutes

THE SUGAR CURTAIN (EL TELON DE AZUCAR)

Description: In the 70’s and 80’s , Cuba had overcome the crises of the first decade of the revolution and had settled into realizing a new identity, creating the new man Che had envisioned.Despite the lask of many material comforts, the idealism if the people kept afloat their proud , shared conviction that a new type of society was possible.People were not obsessed with consumption and gain and the basic necessities were provided, along with free education and health care. Here is an intimate portrait of those who lived Cuba’s utopian dream during the golden era of the revolution.It is alos a lament for the end of that dream, which began to fizzle after the fall of the Berlin Wall and has since continued on a downward spiral. Through interviews we learn of the disillusionment of the Cuban people suffere- and continue to suffer – seeing the beloved island of their youth turn into a nightmare.

Copies: 1 (DVD master) – For classroom use only

THE VIRGIN APPEARS IN LA MALDITA VECINDAD

Description: The Virgin Appears in La Maldita Vecinidad is a documentary about the Virgen of Guadalupe and the celebrations that occur on December 11th and 12th in her honor. These celebrations occur outside an apartment complex knows as “la Maldita Vecindad” in Durham, North Carolina which is composed of immigrants mainly from Mexico and Central America. This documentary also explores Latin American immigrants in the United States.

Copies: 1 (DVD master)

BARACOA

Description: Baracoa shows the beauty of Baracoa, a municipality of Guantanamo province in Cuba. The film includes footage of the natural environment of Baracoa, the major city, Guantanamo while Cuban music is playing in the background.

Copies: 1 (DVD master) – For classroom use only

LOS 50 VIVIDOS

Description: Los 50 Vividos offers insight into the intellectual and cultural side of Cuba. The Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC) or the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba was founded by Nicolas Guillen, the national poet of Cuba. The film features Guillen’s poems, photos of the various congresses of the UNEAC starting in 1961 through 2008, photos of different festivals, awards, and interviews of the founders of the UNEAC and its major collaborators. The film also includes a section showcasing the music of more than twenty Cuban artists

Cpoies: 1 (DVD master) – For classroom use only

KEEPER OF PROMISES (O PAGADOR DE PROMESSAS)

Description: Zé is a very poor man from the Brazilian countryside. His most prized possession is his donkey. When his donkey falls terminally ill, Zé makes a promise to Saint Bárbara: If his donkey recovers, he will carry a cross – like Jesus – all the way from his city to Saint Bárbara’s church in the state capital. Upon the recovery of his donkey, Zé leaves on his journey. He makes it to the church, but the priest refuses to accept the cross once he came to know the context of Zé’s promise. Please note: this film does not have subtitles. It is not rated and includes scenes of domestic violence and some sexual content.

Copies: 1 (DVD)
Length: 90 min

FUERA DE LIGA

“Fuera de Liga,” a documentary that has circulated the Havana streets, raises the problems that exist in Cuban baseball, those hidden behind the passions that are awoken by the stadiums of Cuba’s national sport. Directed by Ian Padrón and produced by ICAIC, this 68 minute film was never released into theaters. It is presented as a documentary about the baseball team the “Industriales,” an emblem of Cuban baseball, which has won a record 10 national series. The difficult conditions of life for the players as well as many other themes are approached in this film. It also talks about those athletes that left Cuba play professional baseball elsewhere.

Copies: 1 (DVD)
Length: 68 Minutes

FOR GOODNESS SAKE: WHY AMERICA NEEDS IMMIGRATION REFORM

In February 2011, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony. Cardinal Mahony heads the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, the 5-million member Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which is 70% Latino. In his presentation Mahony drew on scriptural and Catholic social justice doctrine in his call for immigration reform legislation. Also included with this film is selection of interviews with children of undocumented immigrants provided by Cardinal Mahony, as well as a public Q & A following the lecture.

Copies: 1 (DVD)
Length: 61 minutes

CUBANOS, LOS: BRETÓN ES UN BEBÉ

Description: This documentary combines social commentary with surrealism to explore the Cuban soul. The filmmakers take the viewer on a trip through the heart of twenty-first-century Cuba, making stops in Pinar del Río, los Acuáticos, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, and Guaraabuya. In each stopping place, local lore and characters help present an overall portrait of Cuban history, society, and culture.

Copies: 1 (DVD)
Length: 56 minutes

CINDERELAS, LOBOS, E PRINCIPE ENCANTADO

Description: A documentary about the Brazilian sex trade, Cinderelas, Lobos, e Principe Encantado explores how poor Brazilian women, mostly black, are lured by middle-aged European men into traveling to Europe with them. European, American, or Canadian men feel that European, American, or Canadian women are too cold and unsensible while the Brazilian women look for the security and freedom that Brazilian men cannot provide. The documentary interviews Brazilian women who were previously sex workers and have now moved to Europe with white men.

Copies: 1 (DVD)
Length: 106 Minutes

CHIGUALEROS

Description: Chigualeros is a documentary about one of the most famous orchestras in Ecuador. Chigualeros, founded almost three decades agos , fuses different sounds like son, marimba, guaracha, currulao, bolero, and the chigualo. Like many parts of Latin America, Ecuador has an African history that is evoked through the mix of sounds in the Chigualeros.The documentary presents the lives of the members of the group while also exploring the deforestation of the tropical forests of the region.

Copies:
1 (DVD)
Length: 80 minutes

GENERAL, EL

Description: In 1910 a revolution erupted in Mexico, among its rallying cries "the right to vote." Nearly a century later "Sufragio Efectivo" is heard again as thousands take to the streets. Through the legacy that filmmaker Natalia Almada inherited as the great-granddaughter of Mexican president Plutarco Elias Calles (1924-1928), one of Mexico’s most controversial revolutionary figures accused of having been a "Dictator", "Iron Man" and "Nun-Burner", yet also acclaimed for having been the "father of modern Mexico," El General is a portrait of a family and a country under the shadow of the past.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 83 minutes

LOS QUE SE QUEDAN

Description: An award-winning and discerning depiction of the impact of migration on Mexican families and villages left behind by loved ones who have traveled north for work.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 96 Minutes

AS AMÉRICAS TÊM COR / THE AMERICAS HAVE COLOR

 

Description: “Different skin tones, individual and collective stories. This is the content of the documentary, ‘The Americas Have Color: Afro-Descendants in 21st-Century Censuses.’ This documentary reconstructs the African Diaspora’s ties to the Americas and reveals the censuses’ strategic role for advancing the rights of Afro-descendants in Latin America. The documentary was conceived by the 2010 Census Afro-descendant Group, produced by TV Brasil International, and funded by UNIFEM Brazil and Southern Cone, through its Regional Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Poverty Program.” Part of 4-DVD collection, “Coletânea Gênero, Raça e Etnia.”

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 29 minutes

TERRAS

 

Description: Terras (“Lands”) is a documentary about the border of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, located in the heart of the Amazon. On this triple frontier the twin towns of Leticia (Colombia) and Tabatinga (Brazil) form an urban island surrounded by forest. It is a region marked by a constant flow of people from diverse origins, where ancestral and contemporary cultures live side-by-side. Through photography and sound, Terras explores the concept of frontier beyond the territorial demarcations that divide nations. Immersing itself in the daily lives of the towns and their inhabitants, this documentary uses a poetic and reflective approach to reflect on the relationship and contact between different nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 74 minutes

TRABALHO DOMESTICO, TRABALHO DECENTE

Description: "Domestic Work, Decent Work" portrays the reality of African descendants and indigenous women domestic workers in Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, and Paraguay in their quest for rights, respect, and dignity. The documentary highlights opportunities and challenges for these countries in promoting women’s economic rights and empowerment. Part of 4-DVD collection, "Coletânea Gênero, Raça e Etnia."

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 31 minutes

BUSCÁNDOTE HABANA

Description: “Looking For You, Havana” is a documentary that follows a group of undocumented Cubans from the eastern province of Oriente looking for a better life in Havana. Without proper documents allowing them to legally live there, they often set up a home in areas close to the city, building with whatever they can get their hands on–wood, cardboard, sheet metal. These shantytowns, called fanguitos, are similar to Brazil’s favelas. Quite often lacking running water and electricity, without proper papers residents are not entitled to medical care or education and, if caught, are deported back to their province

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 30 minutes

CITY IN RED (CIUDAD EN ROJO)

 

Description: This feature-length film deals with 24 hours in the life of Santiago de Cuba, one of the main supply cities of the rebels led by Fidel Castro and of underground urban action perpetrated by the rebel and clandestine 26th of July Movement. Taking place in 1959, the movie narrates how escalating violence bursts out in the tranquil life of people and different social groups in the city. First-time director Rebeca Chávez participated in the clandestine struggle in her teenage years and has characterized the film as “a reflection on violence.”

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 90 minutes

DIOSES ROTOS, LOS (BROKEN GODS)

 

Description: Laura, a professor, conducts research for a PhD dissertation that delves into the Havana underworld in search of Albert Yanini, the most famous Cuban pimp from the turn of the twentieth century. Shot to death by his French rivals for control over the Havana prostitution business, Yarini’s power of seduction captivate the soul of a culture that both criticizes and reveres him. Recently submitted by Cuba for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, the film is an exploration of Cuban sexuality and masculinity.

 

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 96 minutes

 

 

HOMBRE DE MAISINICÚ

Description: Over the course of the 1960s, the revolutionary government in Cuba confronted active and violent opposition from armed counter-revolutionary groups operating on the island. This film dramatizes this confrontation through the story of Alberto Delgado, a Cuban agent who infiltrated one counter-revolutionary group in the Escambray Mountains.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 124 minutes

FACE DE L’OMBRE, LA (THE FACE OF THE SHADOW)

Description: Milka has known Alexis since they were children, and loved him for as long as she can remember. When Alexis falls in love with and decides to marry another woman, Milka makes a deal with a mysterious stranger with unusual power in an attempt to win him back.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 105 minutes

SITUAÇÃO DAS MULHERES AFRODESCEDENTES NA AMÉRICA LATINA, A

 

Description: “The Situation of Afro-descendant Women in Latin America” examines the correlation between race and poverty across the Americas with particular focus on the experiences of Latin American women. This UNIFEM-produced documentary features interviews with experts and activists from Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia, all of whom highlight discrimination against women of color throughout the region. Part of 4-DVD collection, “Coletânea Gênero, Raça e Etnia.”

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 15 minutes

ABORTO SIN PENA

Description: In Mexico, the voices of the woman who have chosen to have an abortion are virtually absent from public debate. Aborto Sin Pena will introduce you to three of these women, from distinct cultural backgrounds. What they say will surprise you.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 20 minutes

ACOSADA: DE PIEL DE VIBORA (CORNERED: MADE OUT OF SNAKESKIN)

 Description: Eugenia Ramírez, a young dentist, returns home from a congress, only to find that her apartment has been ransacked. Furious, she tries to recover her childhood photo album at any cost, demanding that justice be done. However, she is unaware that this interferes with the interests of a gang of delinquents who turn her into the pursued instead of the pursuer.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 101 Minutes

AMERICAS: PART 3

Description: “Continent on the Move” This program examines the causes and effects of one of the most important forces transforming the Americas: the migration of vast numbers of people within the region. The program is set in Mexico, where migration has moved people across borders, and from rural villages to congested cities.

 

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 60 minutes

AMORES PERROS (LOVE’S A BITCH)

Description:This film is a bold, intensely emotional, and ambitious story of lives that collide in a Mexico City car crash. Inventively structured as a triptych of overlapping and intersecting narratives, Amores Perros explores the lives of disparate characters who are catapulted into unforeseen dramatic situations.

Copies: 3 (DVD and VHS)

Length: 153 minutes

ANGEL DE FUEGO

 Description: A tragic urban story about the unfortunate life of a 13-year old circus girl in Mexico City. She is expelled from her job when the official of the circus finds out she is pregnant. She meets a troupe of traveling puppeteers preaching the word of God and joins them, eventually entrusting her son to God.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

Length: 90 minutes

ANIMAQUILADORA

Description: A collection of mostly hand drawn animation, this film brings to reality a life of toling for the cartoonist. Includes: Why Cybraceros?, Dia de la Independencia, Sign of the Times, Latinos on TV, Mysterious, and Apparitions on Tortillas

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 60 minutes

ART AND REVOLUTION IN MEXICO

 Description: Part I is a documentary dealing with the art of the Mexican revolution as a political movement and a revolution in art. Text by Octavio Paz. Part II examines these monumental creations not only for their great aesthetic value, but also as an essential and fascinating part of Mexico’s history. The murals are examples of the marriage of art and political thought. Includes works by Rivera and Siqueiros. Part III is an insight into the elements of the life experiences of Tamayo, a Zapotecan Indian and a famous Mexican painter.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 60 minutes; 30 minutes; 28 minutes

ASALTAR LOS CIELOS (STORM THE SKIES)

Description: The documentary is about Jacques Monard/Ramón Mercader, the KGB agent who assassinated León Trotsky in Mexico. It is an account from the people who knew him during his childhood, and up to and after the crime. This film reconstructs his motivations and his destiny. Starring Elena Poniatowska, Carlos Moniváis, and Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 99 minutes

BATALLA DE TEPOZTLAN, LA

Description: This documentary is not only a chronological description of the controversy between the town and the group KS but a much more complex and critical description. It is a contrast between modernity and backwardness, richness and poverty, and what is legal and what is not in present civilization.

Copies: 1 (VHS)

Length: 57 minutes

BLOSSOMS OF FIRE

Description: This documentary introduces us to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico, home to an indigenous Zapotec society where gender and sexual preference are a fluid concept. The women dominate the home and businesses, while the men do much of the heavy hauling and seem happy to let women rule. The matriarchy also fosters the area’s progressive politics, which include standing up to the PRI and warding off the global market.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

Length: 74 minutes

BODA, LA (THE WEDDING)

Description: You are invited to the wedding of Elizabeth and Artemio in Nuevo León, Mexico. The video introduces a young couple whose lives and community have roots in Mexico while they encounter the challenges of migrant life in the United States.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 53 minutes

BORDER BRUJO

Description: The acclaimed performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña directs himself in this video focusing on issues of cross-culturalism along the U.S.-Mexico border. In his performance he switches in and out of various characters reflecting different aspects of border culture.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 50 minutes

BORDERLINE CASES

Description: Nearly 2000 maquiladoras have been built in Mexico by companies from the US, Asia and Europe. As a result, the border has become a 2000 mile-long open sewer, a vast toxic waste dump. Filmed in three border regions, (Matamoros and Brownsville; Tijuana and San Diego; Ciudad Juarez and El Paso), Borderline Cases reveals the complexity and magnitude of the clean-up and gives a sense of energy and imagination found in the diverse mix of people of both countries who are re-thinking traditional notions of borders as they engage in the search for solutions.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 65 minutes

BORDERS

Description: Borders tells three small stories to illuminate a much larger one: the consequences of a world order in which products freely cross borders that people may not. Borders is a succinct and powerful meditation on the contradictions of U.S. border and trade policy. PART 1: LOVE ON THE LINE: Families divided by the U.S./Mexico border reunite for transnational picnics. PART 2: CONTAINER CITY: The metal containers that bring products to the US make Newark, New Jersey a different kind of bordertown. PART 3: A VISIBLE BORDER: An x-ray image shows the way 21st century workers are responding to borders that are open to products but not to them.

Copies: 2 (DVD)

Length: 2-3 minutes each

BULTO, EL

Description: El Bulto is a young photographer who is beaten and loses consciousness during a 1971 student protest. He wakes up twenty years later to find a new and different world of computers, new illnesses, and the absence of Communism. His family has also changed, and he is no longer 20 years old. Trying to make up lost time, he learns that his long sleep may have been for the best.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 114 minutes

CABEZA DE VACA

Description: Freely adopted from the book Naufragios by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (written in 1542). The film portrays the saga of the adventures of a group of Spanish soldiers in Mexico. Their leader, Cabeza de Vaca, is considered to be one of the first Spaniards to come to some appreciation of the native Indians.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 112 minutes

CALLEJON DE LOS MILAGROS, EL (MIDAQ ALLEY)

Description: Film adaptation of the Naguib Mahfouz novel. Set in downtown Mexico City, the film portrays three neighbors: Rutilio, whose emerging homosexual orientation destroys his marriage; Susanita, an old maid who falls prey to a thief; and Alma, a virgin (Salma Hayek) who becomes a cocaine addict and prostitute. The film is among the most awarded films of Mexican cinema, having received some 49 international prizes.

Copies: 2 (VHS and DVD)

Length: 140 minutes

CANANEA

Description: Story of the revolt at the American-owned Cananea mine in the years preceding the Mexican revolution. This revolt led to the eventual nationalization of Mexican mines. The film is told from both the miners’ viewpoint and the American viewpoint, as personified by Colonel Green, the mine owner.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

Length: 124 minutes

CANOA

Description: One of the first powerful statements about the repression of the student movement in 1968 in Mexico. This documentary-style film depicts the case of five young employees of the Autonomous University of Puebla attacked in the small town of San Miguel Canoa by locals who believed the group consisted of dangerous Communist agitators given the anti-student propaganda circulating at the time. Villagers killed two of the students, and almost burned the remaining three alive.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

CARACOLES: NEW PATHS OF RESISTANCE

Description: This is a celebration of the death of the “Aguascalientes” and the birth of the Caracoles and the Good Government Assemblies. Zapatista leaders discuss how changes will affect internal political and economic processes, gender relations, and their relationship to international civil society. The video is an open call to join the Zapatista communities in their struggle for recognition of their autonomy and in their fight against neo-liberal economic policies and globalization.

Copies: 1(VHS)

Length: 42 minutes

CARLOS FUENTES

Description: An interview with the renowned Mexican novelist for World Monitor–a television presentation of the Christian Science Monitor.

Copies: 1 (VHS)

Length: 7 minutes

LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE (CARTAS DEL OTRO LADO)

Description: This film interweaves video letters carried across the U.S./Mexico border by the film’s director with the personal stories of women left behind in post-NAFTA Mexico, giving voice to 4 amazing women who feel the effects of failed immigration and trade policies on a daily basis. Focusing on a side of the immigration story rarely told by the media or touched upon in our national debates, Letters from the Other Side offers a fresh perspective, painting a complex portrait of families torn apart by economics, communities dying at the hands of globalization, and governments incapable or unwilling to do anything about it.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 73 Minutes

CASTILLO DE LA PUREZA, EL

Description: An educated man tries to keep his family closed off from the outside world while he goes mad from the ideologies contained in books. The film is based on a true story related to the suppression of the student movement in Mexico in 1968.

Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 110 minutes

CASTRO PACHECO, EL ARTISTA

Description: Part of the series "Races and Expressions of the Yucatán" produced by the Autonomous University of the Yucatán. This film portrays Yucatan culture through the paintings of Fernando Castro Pacheco, the Yucatán’s most celebrated painter.

Copies: 1(VHS) Length: 25 minutes

CHAC, THE RAIN GOD

Description: This film, based on ritual and legends from the Popul Vuh, as well as Tzeltal and Mayan stories, and shot in the Chiapas region of Mexico, focuses on a small Tzeltal village during a terrible draught. Desperate for relief, thirteen men set out on a quest to save their people from starvation.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 95 minutes

CHIAPAS: EL SURESTE EN DOS VIENTOS

Description: This video describes Chiapas through the eye of Subcomandante I. Marcos from the Selva la Candona, August 1992. It is a journey into the region where 3.5 million Chapanescos live, describing their living conditions, and their movement for peace and justice. Text by Subcomandante I. Marcos.

Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 35 minutes

CHICANA

Description: Made by Sylvia Morales. Chicana traces the history of Chicana and Mexican women from pre-Columbian times to the present. It covers women’s role in Aztec society, their participation in the 1810 struggle for Mexican independence, their involvement in the US labor strikes in 1872, their contributions to the 1910 Mexican revolution and their leadership in contemporary civil rights causes. A classic film by a leading Latina filmmaker.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 23 minutes

CHULAS FRONTERAS and DEL MERO CORAZÓN

Description: Documentary films of the borderland between Texas and Mexico. Norteña music filled with the poetry of daily life-love songs, passion, death, humor, and loss is explored from dancehalls, small towns, and family gatherings.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 90 minutes total (58 minutes first film, 28 minutes second film)

CIUDAD DE MEXICO IMAGINADA POR LOS VIAJEROS, LA

Description: One could never admit to having seen enough of Mexico City." This innovative documentary is a collection of photographic images from Mexico City newspapers of the last ten years which people who travel through Mexico City daily identify as those which best typified the City. Using Nahuatl texts from Montezuma and, the poetry and music of Jim Morrison, the video explores the history of the use of Mexico City by its inhabitants.  A collaboration by Nestor García Canclini and researchers at UNAM. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 32 minutes

COLECCION DE CORTOMETRAJES MEXICANOS: VOL. 1

Description: This collection of short films is part of the series “Corto metraje, más que un instante” from IMCINE and CinemaFilms. This original series showcases 51 short films by up and coming Mexican directors, cinematographers and actors. The films touch on a variety of subjects, people, and lifestyles. Some are comical, some are sad, and some are thought provoking. All of these films are very useful for Spanish Language classes. This specific volume contains the following films: La suerte de la fea a la bonita no le importa; Benjamín; Adiós mama; Noche de bodas; Espías en la ciudad; Sr. X; Hombre que no escucha boleros; Pasajera; Ligerita. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 5 to 20 minutes (films vary)

COLECCION DE CORTOMETRAJES MEXICANOS: VOL. 2

Description: This collection of short films is part of the series “Corto metraje, más que un instante” from IMCINE and CinemaFilms. This original series showcases 51 short films by up and coming Mexican directors, cinematographers and actors. The films touch on a variety of subjects, people, and lifestyles. Some are comical, some are sad, and some are thought provoking. All of these films are very useful for Spanish Language classes. This specific volume contains the following films: De mesmer, con amor ó té para dos; Sístole diástole; El agujero negro del sol; ¿Que hora es?; El milagro; De jasmín en flor. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 9 to 22 minutes (films vary)

COLECCION DE CORTOMETRAJES MEXICANOS: VOL. 3

Description: This collection of short films is part of the series “Corto metraje, más que un instante” from IMCINE and CinemaFilms. This original series showcases 51 short films by up and coming Mexican directors, cinematographers and actors. The films touch on a variety of subjects, people, and lifestyles. Some are comical, some are sad, and some are thought provoking. All of these films are very useful for Spanish Language classes. This specific volume contains the following films: La maceta; La historia de I y O; Sus demonios; A la otra; Circuito interior; El columpio del diablo; Gertrudis Blues. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 5 to 21 minutes (films vary)

COLECCION DE CORTOMETRAJES MEXICANOS: VOL. 4

Description: This collection of short films is part of the series “Corto metraje, más que un instante” from IMCINE and CinemaFilms. This original series showcases 51 short films by up and coming Mexican directors, cinematographers and actors. The films touch on a variety of subjects, people, and lifestyles. Some are comical, some are sad, and some are thought provoking. All of these films are very useful for Spanish Language classes. This specific volume contains the following films: Azar; Rogelio; Ponchada; E pur si muove; Me voy a escapar; Una bala; Malos presagios; Peor es nada; El pez dorado; Juego de niños. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 5 to 14 minutes (films vary)

COLECCION DE CORTOMETRAJES MEXICANOS: VOL. 5

Description: This collection of short films is part of the series “Cortometraje, más que un instante” from IMCINE and CinemaFilms. This original series showcases 51 short films by up and coming Mexican directors, cinematographers and actors. The films touch on a variety of subjects, people, and lifestyles. Some are comical, some are sad, and some are thought provoking. All of these films are very useful for Spanish Language classes. This specific volume contains the following films: ¿Qué me va a hacer?; Cita en el paraíso; Otoñal; Malos hábitos; El árbol de la música; El valor de la amistad; Brusco despertar; La cumbre; Mantis religiosa. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 5 to 19 minutes (films vary)

COLECCION DE CORTOMETRAJES MEXICANOS: VOL. 6

Description: This collection of short films is part of the series “Corto metraje, más que un instante” from IMCINE and CinemaFilms. This original series showcases 51 short films by up and coming Mexican directors, cinematographers and actors. The films touch on a variety of subjects, people, and lifestyles. Some are comical, some are sad, and some are thought provoking. All of these films are very useful for Spanish Language classes. This specific volume contains the following films: Veneno; La tarde de un matrimonio de clase media; Lávelo y úselo; Un arreglo civilizado para el divorcio; Día de suerte; Encrucijada; El héroe; Contratiempo; El excusado; Pronto saldremos del problema. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 2 to 16 minutes (films vary)

LOS COLORES DE RUFINO

Description: This video is part of a series that seeks to provide developmental and educational materials that engage the cultural heritage of Latin America. Los Colores de Rufino teaches about colors while exploring the work and words of Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo as well as the poetry of Alfonso Reyes and Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 37 minutes

COMO AGUA PARA CHOCOLATE

Description: From the literary world of magic realism, this award-winning film adapted from the book by the same title chronicles life in Mexico near the Texas border in the early twentieth century. Unrequited passions, changing political situations and even madness emerge in this highly entertaining and endearing story. The cooking scenes and the portraits of food are spectacular, as are the romantic scenes. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 102 minutes

COOPERATIVE WITHOUT BORDERS, A

Description: This informative piece begins with a presentation of the struggle of Mexican men crossing the U.S. border in search for better economic opportunities. It narrates the crossing of U.S. border in search for better opportunities. It narrates the creation and accomplishments of the Cooperativa sin Fronteras, a fund for economic development. Through this fund money is transferred from employers of migrant workers in Arizona to create and encourage the economic development necessary for the amelioration of conditions in 6 Mexican states. In this way, the Cooperative strives to reduce the problem of illegal migration to the United States. Inter-American Foundation.

Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 22 minutes

CORAZON INDIO

Description: Part of a video series of the Taller Miradas Antroplogicas, which seeks to recognize the indigenous peoples of Mexico and their participation in Mexican society. This episode documents the presence of indigenous youth in university life.

Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 25 minutes

CORAZON SANGRANTE / CUERPOS DE PAPEL

Description: Corazon Sangrante is a short film that uses various mythic elements of gender – the sacred heart, saints, la china poblana – all set to the music of an old Mexican ballad. Cuerpos de Papel, also set to music, explores the relationship between two lesbians.

Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 3 minutes each

CRACKING THE MAYA CODE

Description: This documentary tells the story of how, after centuries of inaccessibility, the Mayan hieroglyphics were finally decoded by archaeologists. Through many discoveries by people of all ages, including Michael Coe and David Stuart, the Mayan Civilization is brought to life during this fascinating account of how the Mayan “code” was cracked, and the ways in which this newly available script has reshaped our understanding of Mayan civilization.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 54 minutes

CRIMEN DE PADRE AMARO, EL

Description: Father Amaro is a new priest assigned to the small rural town of Los Reyes, Mexico. He soon discovers that a conspiracy of corruption, sex, and lies has consumed the local parishes. Though he tries to resist falling into the corrupt actions of his colleagues, temptation eventually draws him in.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 102 minutes

CRONOS

Description: An ingenious alchemist creates a device that grants him eternal life. Four hundred years later an elderly antique dealer discovers the properties of this unique invention. Though he grows younger every time he uses the device, there is a terrible price to pay. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 90 minutes

CROSSES (CRUCES)

Description: In 1995, the U.S. Border Patrol instituted Operation Gatekeeper, which has caused the death of about 1800 migrants since its implementation. CROSSES documents the efforts of artists and activists to bring the disastrous effects of Operation Gatekeeper to the conscience of the people of both the U.S. and Mexico, and to pressure the governments of both countries. By representing every death with a cross bearing the name of the victim, mounted directly on the border wall, they keep the issues alive. Crosses are still visible today. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 18 minutes

CUCARACHA, LA

Description: This very first three-color, live action film production is a comic short about a volatile tempered cantina girl trying to regain the love of a fellow dancer. The piece has lots of dancing and music, marking the debut of Technicolor. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 21 minutes

DANZON

Description: Julia, played by María Rojo, works by day as a telephone operator in Mexico City and at night turns to her real passion, which is dancing. Once a week she goes to a ballroom to dance with Carmelo, a fifty-year-old, well-groomed man and excellent dancer of danzón. One day Carmelo disappears and Julia’s search for him is transformed into a search for her own self-identity. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 120 minutes

DAY OF THE DEAD IN JANITZIO, THE

Description: Experience the ancestral rituals of the Day of the Dead as it takes place in the mystic atmosphere of Jantzio. Watch as the people prepare themselves to receive their dead relatives as they clean and decorate graves and they set beautiful tables or altars in which they place offerings of food, liquor, cigarettes and flowers for the enjoyment of the visiting dead. In the evening the people go to the cemetery to bid farewell to the dead using thousands of candles to guide them on their long journey back. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 21 minutes

DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN, A (1997)

Description: “A Day Without a Mexican” is a “mocumentary” – a real documentary about a false event! California is shocked. One third of its population has disappeared and they are all Hispanics. Reporters take to the streets to capture the immediate effects of the crisis: “The Mexicans disappeared? That’s great!” Have you been to the store…$6 for a head of lettuce, $8 for a pound of tomatoes.” The film mixes facts and fiction with a touch of humor. Fact and fiction quickly begin to look alike, calling into question the idea of “objectivity” and “documentary as the truth.” Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 30 minutes

 

DE FLORIDA A COAHUILA (FROM FLORIDA TO COAHUILA)

Description: This documentary tells the remarkable story of a rebel people – the Mascogos, known in the United States as the Black Seminoles. This exceptional community is descended from escaped slaves who made common cause with the Seminole Indians of Florida. The exceptional Mascogo/Black Seminole culture combines African-American spirituals, Indian fry-bread, and Tex-Mex cowboy culture. Filmed on both sides of the border, this video documents the complex history of people of African descent caught between national boundaries, and the efforts of their descendants to maintain their culture. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 50 minutes

 

DE NADIE

Description: Individuals who leave their countries in hopes of a better life in the United States have a rough road ahead of them. Mexican filmmaker Tin Dirdamal follows a number of refugees in a refugee center in southern Mexico, from whence they hitch illegal rides on freight trains to the northern border. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 84 minutes

DEVORADORA, LA

Description: Diana is a ‘Devoradora,’ a man-eater. Men who fall in love with her get chewed up and spit out without any regard for their feelings. Diana an ambitious and frivolous woman, committed a crime and tried to blame some one else for the murder, and succeeds in some way, but she never thought her punishment would be just as big. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 117 minutes

DIABLO NUNCA DUERME, EL

Description: When Lourdes Portillo receives a phone call informing her that her uncle was found dead she returns to Mexico. Her investigation of the circumstances of her uncle’s death takes us deep into the land of Northern Mexico, inside the life of her family and her community, to a place between reality and fiction. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 82 minutes

DRUG WARS: THE KIKI CAMARENA STORY

Description: Parts 1-3 of the made-for-television Tom Brokaw report. Copies: 1(VHS)

EISENSTEIN EN MÉXICO: EL CÍRCULO ETERNO (EISENSTEIN IN MEXICO: THE ETERNAL CIRCLE)

Description: The great Soviet filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein went to Mexico in 1929 to shoot the film Qué vive México using surrealist and muralist influence. The project was never finished. However this documentary film follows the work of Eisenstein including stills of footage, interviews with collaborators, and photographs and studies of the project. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 90 minutes

EL COMPADRE MENDOZA

Description: This rare example of classic Mexican cinema examines the corrupted ideals of the Revolution in the story of an opportunistic landowner who faces the choice of remaining loyal to a general in Zapata’s army and being financially ruined or saving his own skin. The character of the general is clearly modeled on Zapata himself. Copies: 3 (DVD and VHS) Length: 81 minutes

EL PRISONERO TRECE

Description: El Prisonero 13 (Prisoner 13) is part of the trilogy of films made by Fernando Fuentes concerning the Mexican Revolution. The film centers on the drunkard Colonel Carrasco, whose wife Marta leaves him taking his young son. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 74 minutes

EN EL HOYO (IN THE PIT)

Description: In Mexico City, a second layer is being built atop the Periférico freeway, which inscribes a massive circle on the metropolis. Despite the project’s enormity, the workers who are building the freeway are barely noticed by drivers who roll by endlessly. Rulfo’s film places us among these workers. The film chronicles long days of arduous work, risk taking, joking, swearing, and philosophizing.

Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

ENAGUA LLENA DE MARIPOSAS, UNA

Description: The story of five women’s lives interwoven with festivities, music, poetry, and art in the historically matrifocal Zapotec region of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 15 minutes

ERENDIRA

Description: Based on a short story by Gabriel García Márquez. A teenage girl is exploited as a sexual slave by her greedy grandmother. An erotic black comedy laden with sexual fantasy, bawdy humor and sly political allegory. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 103 minutes

FABULA DE LA BELLA PALOMERA

Description: Based on a fragment from his novel Love in the Time of Cholera, this film was conceived and co-written by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. It tells the story of Orestes, a wealthy factory owner who falls madly in love with a married pigeon breeder. Part of the film series Amores Difíciles. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 73 minutes

FIESTA QUINCEAÑERA, LA

Description: This two-part video depicts a young Mexican-American woman’s fifteenth birthday celebration. Set in Dallas, Texas and Reynosa, Mexico, the first part consists of a discussion of the preparations, planning, and logistics that have to be considered in planning this important social event. The second part observes the actual ceremony through various stages after the preparations are completed for the mass, the party, and the dance that traditionally follow. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 38 minutes

FIVE SUNS, THE: A SACRED HISTORY OF MEXICO

Description: Patricia Amlin, the extraordinary animator who created Popol Vuh has taken authentic images from ancient Maya ceramics and turned them into a riveting retelling of the Maya creation myth. The story tells how Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca create heaven and earth, journey to the underworld to create humans and find sustenance for them, and finally create the sun and the moon. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 58 minutes

FOOD FOR THE ANCESTORS: THE MEXICAN CELEBRATION OF THE DAYS OF THE DEAD

Description: This film documents the weeklong Mexican celebration known as Days of the Dead. This festival honors the memories of loved ones who have died. Food for the Ancestors explores this festival as it takes place in the culturally rich state of Puebla. The program is also very focused on the special food that is made for this celebration. The climatic portion of the film, and of the festival, occurs on November first when family members spend the entire night sitting at self decorated gravesites waiting for their ancestors to return. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 minutes

FRESCOES OF DIEGO RIVERA, THE

Description: “An artist must be the conscience of his age.” In this way Diego Rivera, a leader of the Mexican mural renaissance movement of the 1920’s and 1030’s expressed the philosophy behind his work; in particular the spectacular series of murals he created for public buildings in the US and Mexico. Vividly exploring Rivera’s evolution as an artist, his use of the fresco technique, and his explosive political beliefs; this stunning documentary reveals one of the true geniuses of the twentieth century. Actor Michael Moriarty narrates. From the “Portrait of an Artist” series. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 35 minutes

FRIDA

Description: Taymor recreates the tactile passion and beauty of Frida Kahlo’s art as a backdrop for her life of romance and revolution. Frida chronicles the life of artist Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek), from her upbringing to her worldwide fame. The film shows the turbulence and controversy that surrounded both Frida and her husband, Diego Rivera, throughout their lives as political activists, artists, and lovers. Frida received a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and two Oscars. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 123 minutes

FRIDA KAHLO

Description: Visually depicts the life of Frida Kahlo through her own paintings and the surroundings of her home in Coyoacán, Mexico City. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 16 minutes

FRIDA KAHLO: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST

Description: A documentary about Frida Kahlo’s painful life and creative process. Part of the series “Portraits of an Artist.” Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 62 minutes

FRIDA: NATURALEZA VIVA

Description: On her deathbed artist Frida Kahlo (played by Ofelia Medina) conjures up images and memories of her life as a painter, revolutionary and woman of the world. Her stormy relationship with muralist Diego Rivera, her tender hospitality for exiled Leon Trotsky, her struggle for acceptance as an artist, and the travail of her illnesses and injuries are all recalled in a style reminiscent of her own work, simultaneously sophisticated and primitive, flamboyant and delicate. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 108 minutes

GALLO DE ORO, EL

Description: Based on a story by Juan Rulfo. A poor man is given a near-dead fighting cock and he nurses him back to life. While this brings him life, he finds that when he forgets his roots and he soon runs out of luck. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 105 minutes

GEOGRAFIAS SUAVES 1

Description: A series of shorts from the 2004 Geografias Suaves regional film festival which feature Maya speaking peoples from Yucatan and Chiapas. The shorts include a video postcard documenting the lives and everyday experiences of children and their communities as well as stories based on folklore and oral tradition from the region. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 69 minutes

GERTRUDIS BOCANEGRA

Description: Gertrudis Bocanegra Lazo de la Vega–played by award winning actress Ofelia Medina–a criollo woman who participated in the Mexican war of independence, is the central character of this film. Gertrudis becomes acutely aware of the social injustice prevalent in Mexico in the late Colonial period and gets involved in the Hidalgo’s movement for independence. Using the technique of flashback, she tells her story from her prison cell in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 98 minutes

GOLPE DE SUERTE

Description: A tragicomedy about the foibles of a petty Government official, who becomes a casualty of consolidation under the Salinas administration. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 108 minutes

GREAT MOJADO INVASION, THE

Description: The director narrates this pseudo-documentary, fantasizing an invasion of mojados (wetbacks) who reconquer lost Mexican territory to create the “U.S. of Aztlán.” This new regime propagandizes by portraying Anglos with the same stereotypes employed against Latinos. Directed by Gustavo Vásquez and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 30 minutes

GRINGOTON (GRINGO-THON)

Description: During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a misplaced gringo in Mexico City helplessly watches the atrocities through Mexican television news. Taking a tip from his local neighbors, he begins to sell chewing gum and wash car windows in the streets…to raise money for a guerrilla army to take out Bush. “Gringo-thon” is a personal expression of protest of an expatriate living abroad and a meditation of the complexities of “gringo” identity. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 17 minutes

GRITO, EL: OJOS DE PERRO

Description: Coerced into rebellion against the tyrannical regime of a ruthless landowner, the laborers of a sugar plantation form the first union in the country. The whole town faces the brutal repression of the ruling power headed by a young lawyer, who sacrifices his lover, his life and that of those who surround and support him, in his struggle for justice. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 84 minutes

GUESTWORKER, THE

Description: Since 1986, thousands of Mexican men have entered the United States to work under the auspices of the H-2A guestworker program. These men are given temporary visas to come to the United States for several months a year and provide labor in sectors such as agriculture in which American citizens are increasingly unwilling to work. The Guestworker centers on the experiences of Candelario Moreno, who works on the pepper, cucumber, and tobacco fields of Wester Farms in North Carolina. It explores the need for labor that drives the program and examines the conditions experienced by those Mexicans who make the choice to participate. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 53 minutes

HISTORIAS DE GENTE GRANDE

Description: Based on the research of Felipe Vázquez Palacios and his team in the state of Veracruz. This documentary depicts the daily life of those whom society considers to be “old.” The testimonies of these men and women teach us that the process of growing old is a construction that combines biology with work, family and society. Due to their diminishing status and lack of social support, these older adults invent survival strategies while they wait for their death. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 27 minutes

IMAGES OF THE REPRESSION IN OAXACA (IMAGENES DE LA REPRESION EN OAXACA)

Description: Six short documentaries about the protests and populist movement taking place in Oaxaca. Interviews, photographs, and documentation of particular events, like the attempted takeover of Benito Juarez Autonomous University by the Federal Police on November 2nd 2006 are included. Various struggles and themes are analyzed in these short productions that document and present images of the current repression of Oaxacan citizens. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 5-12 minutes

IMPERIO DE LA FORTUNA, EL

Description: Based on a short story El Gallo de Oro by Juan Rulfo, this film tells the story of Dionosio Pinzon, a Mexican peasant living with his mother. Born with a deformed hand, and living a very meager life, Dionosio’s luck turns around when he is given a losing gamecock which he nurses back to health. He trains the bird for fighting, begins to make money, and begins a relationship with a gold-digging singer. As he makes money, though, he begins to become more and more corrupt–and it becomes apparent that his winning streak will not last. Remake of the 1964 film El Gallo de Oro. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 130 minutes

IN SEARCH OF THE MAYAS

Description: Deep in the rainforest of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula are the lost Mayan Cities of Chichen Itzá and Palenque. Discover their magic and learn about the Mayan culture while exploring some of the region’s most exquisite examples of pre-Hispanic American architecture. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 60 minutes

INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL IN CHICHÉN ITZÁ

Description: This oringinal ethnographic video depicts how New Agers, the Mexican state, tourists, and 1920s archeologists all contend to “clear” the site of the antique Maya city of Chiché Itzá in order to produce their own idealized and unobstructed visions of “Maya” while the local Maya themselves struggle to occupy the site as vendors and artisans. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

JESUS

Description: This feature film tells the story of the life of Jesus in Yucatec Maya language. It is a great resource for those who want to practice and master the language. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 120 Minutes

JULIO Y SU ANGEL

Description: An eight-year-old boy tired of living in an orphanage and working in a tortilla factory decides to search for the guardian angel his mother promised to send. The angel appears to him as a grumpy old Mexican man who teaches him the values of life, work, family, and friendship while they embark on an adventure through tropical paradises. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 98 minutes

JUSTICIA ESTA CON ELLA, LA

Type: Documentary, Director: Dinamu-SNV, Country: Ecuador, Format: DVD-R, Language: Spanish, Subtitles: None

KNOROSOV: THE DECIPHERMENT OF THE MAYAN SCRIPT

Description: This documentary retraces the decipherment of the ancient Mayan codices by an unknown Russian scholar, Yuri Valentinovich Knorosov. Due to the political tensions of the Cold War, Western scholars ignored his linguistic breakthrough. This film recounts the personal and intellectual journey that led to his discovery, and the subsequent struggle for recognition. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 57 minutes

LACANDONA : THE ZAPATISTAS AND RAINFOREST OF CHIAPAS MEXICO

Type: Documentary, Year: 1998, Director: Bran Taylor, Country: Mexico, Format: DVD-R, Language: English and Spanish, Subtitles: English

LAND BELONGS TO THOSE WHO WORK IT, THE (LA TIERRA LE PERTENECE A QUIENES LA TRABAJEN)

Type: Documentary, Year: 2005, Director: Chiapas Media Project, Country: Mexico, Format: DVD, Language: Spanish and Tzeltal, Subtitles: English

LAND OF MENNONITES

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LEY DE HERODES, LA (HERODS LAW)

Description: La Ley de Herodes is a hilarious, outrageous satire set in a tiny Mexican town in 1949. Damián Alcázar stars as Juan Vargas, a junkyard operator is recruited as a temporary mayor following the demise of the latest corrupt town leader. At first, Vargas is the ideal politician: he’s honest, desperate and not terribly ambitious – or so it seems. But eventually, Vargas gives in to overwhelming temptation, bribery, and even violence in this brilliant, tongue-in-cheek story about government treachery. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 122 minutes

LIFE AND WORKS OF FRIDA KAHLO, THE

Description: This Masterpiece Series provides a triple treat – a close-up look at the lives and works of the world‘s most famous artists plus three art lessons that focus on the style of each. These lessons reinforce the techniques and skills that the artist used and students will experience hands-on learning. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 25 minutes each segment

LINEA DE 3: ATENAS 2004

Description: This is a series of short film clips that tell stories about people who, in one way or another, are affected by the Olympics. These 11 short stories bring out a lot of different emotions in the viewer; they are comical, sad, and informative. The “cortometrajes” range in length from 4 to 20 minutes. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 77 minutes

LOLO

Description: Dolores Chimal–known as "Lolo"–lives on the outskirts of Mexico City. He lives a normal life with his family, until one day he is assaulted upon leaving the factory where he works. As a result of the beating, he remains in the hospital for a week and loses his job. This unleashes a series of violent events which causes "Lolo" to lose his sense of right and wrong. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 88 minutes

LONG JOURNEY TO GUADALUPE, A

Description: The mystical story of the Virgen of Guadalupe unfolds as Huan Francisco Urrusti identifies and explores an important aspect of Mexican culture. Through interviews with historians, priests, anthropologists, and psychologists, the role of religious syncretism in Mexican culture is analyzed, explaining the relationship between the collective unconscious and the history of the country. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 96 minutes

LOS QUE HACEN NUESTRO CINE

Description: A collection of video shorts that examine the history of Mexican cinema. This volume examines recent movies that have addressed issues concerning power, analyzing particularly the movie Morir en el Golfo (1989). Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 minutes

LOS QUE HICIERON NUESTRO CINE

Description: A collection of short videos (los orígenes del cinematógrafico, cine mundo, Eisenstein en México, etc.) that examine the history of Mexican cinema–from the Lumière brothers’ first screenings in Mexico City at the turn of the century, to the development of a national cinema in the 1940s. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 120 minutes

MACARIO

Description: The talents of top director Roberto Gavaldon, novelist B. Traven (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa combined to produce this gentle, moving fable on human morality. Macario is a young peasant, despondent over his inability to provide for his family. On the Day of the Dead, he meets Death, disguised as another peasant, who trades him the power to cure the dying for a portion of turkey. Macario’s fame spreads around the country, and he soon has a flourishing business until a local doctor decides to call in the Inquisition. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 91 minutes

MAQUILA: A TALE OF TWO MEXICOS

Description: This film examines the impact of corporate globalization on Mexico, focusing on the maquiladoras, U.S.-owned factories employing cheap Mexican labor. Archival footage and interviews provide historical background to the present crisis. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 55 minutes

MARIA CANDELARIA

Description: This classic of Mexican cinema begins when a young woman reporter interviewing a world-famous artist, asks him about a painting of a nude Indian girl he had done years before and which he never revealed. The painter replies that it was the cause of a tragedy and proceeds to tell its story. Maria, a woman who lives in Xochimilco, struggles with the owner of the general store, to whom she owes money, her love for Lorenzo, and the artist who tries at all costs to paint the portrait of the beautiful woman who he had noticed at the market. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 97 minutes

MARIACHI, EL

Description: The critically-acclaimed film debut from Robert Rodríguez, shot with no second takes using borrowed equipment and a talented cast of unknowns. A case of deadly mistaken identity leads the protagonist, who aspires only to be a mariachi, to trade his guitar for a gun and play for his life in this vision of bandido violence in Mexico. Copies: 1 (DVD)

MASKS OF MEXICO: THE ART OF AN ENDURING CULTURE

Description: This documentary goes on location to rarely seen gatherings in remote villages where masks are still an essential part of festivals such as Day of the Dead, Corpus Christi and Winter Clebrations. This video traces the ritual use of masks, beginning with Aztec priests and warriors, and explores the influence of Spanish friars who used masks to spread the teachings of Christianity. The result is a vibrant blend of indigenous and European traditions that gives this art form its distinctive flavor. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 25 minutes

MAYA, THE

Description: This great exhibit shows the expressive aesthetic language and historical testimony of an admirable civilization. This is the first presentation of the maya civilization that has covered all the regions of their geographical extension, all the periods of its history and all the diversity of the people who forged it. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 52 minutes

MEMORIAS DE UN MEXICANO (MEMORIES OF A MEXICAN)

Description: The pioneer film maker Salvador Toscano portrayed the key events and figures of the Mexican Revolution from 1904 to 1924. Capturing the flavor and reality of war-torn Mexico, the film presents the political and military upheaval that shaped present day Mexico using exclusive, authentic footage. It also describes the women’s role in Mexico during this period. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 50 minutes

MERIDA PROSCRITA

Description: Made by Raul Ferrera-Balanquet. An exceptionally lyrical and visual video about the encounter of two young gay Mexican men in the city of Mérida, Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 7 minutes

MEXICAN PREHISPANIC CULTURES

Description: This film takes a look at the cultural wealth of prehispanic Mexico: the civilizations of the Toltecs, the Aztecs, the Mayas, and their legacies are explored. Intended for younger audiences. An Educational Video Network film. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 24

MEXICO FOR CHILDREN (VOL1 THE CULTURE OF MEXCIO)

Description: This volume focuses on the rich cultural heritage of Mexico and how it affects the daily lives of its citizens. Students will find that Mexico’s indigenous people and Spanish rule have influenced the ceremonial dress, folktales, foods and holidays of Mexico. Explored topics include the music of Tejano bands, the artwork of Diego Rivera and Talavera pottery from Puebla. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 24 minutes

MEXICO FOR CHILDREN (VOL2 THE GEOGRAPHY OF MEXICO)

Description: This volume focuses on how Mexico’s geography has shaped its history, society and culture. Travel through a variety of land formations and regions from the desert in Sonora to the lush rainforests of Chiapas, and see how location and climate have impacted the settlement patterns and lifestyles of Mexicans. Learn about the major industries like silver mining and tourism, and appreciate the exceptionality and diversity of the Gulf Coast region’s animal and plant life. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 23 minutes

MEXICO FOR CHILDREN (VOL3 THE HISTORY OF MEXICO)

Description: This volume focuses on the obstacles that Mexico has overcome throughout history to become an independent, self-governing nation. Explore history topics from the time of the Olmec through the time of independence fights as well as other more contemporary events. Understand the Father Hidalgo and Benito Juarez, and see why freedom has been so important to this proud nation. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 25 minutes

MI NIÑO TIZOC

Description: Based in Mexico, a poor man struggles to make ends meet while facing the adversity of socioeconomic prejudice. Finances become worse once his ten-year-old son becomes seriously ill, and the man must find the means to heal his son. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 102 minutes

MIL NUBES DE PAZ (A THOUSAND CLOUDS OF PEACE)

Description: Gerardo, a gay teenager, roams the streets of Mexico City in search of someone able to reveal the secret, hidden between the lines of a goodbye letter from his ex-lover. In his journey through barren alleys and roadways, he is haunted by images: each masculine body he sees reminds him of his lover. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

MILAGRO DE TEPEYAC, EL

Description: Released in 1917, this silent film focuses on the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico. Lupita, a young woman in Mexico is concerned about her fiancée’s trip to Europe because of the war. The woman asks for the intervention of Guadalupe to protect him. Copies: 1 (DVD)

MORRISTOWN: IN THE AIR AND SUN

Description: This film is the working classes’ response to globalization. It engages the audience in the issues of immigration, factory flight, and the organized demand for economic justice. Filmed over an 8-year period in the mountains of east Tennessee, interior Mexico, and Ciudad Juarez, this documentary is rooted in the authentic expression of workers who speak about their lives, work, disappointments, and hope. These conversations are combined with scenes in factories, fields, union halls, Mexican stores, city parks, and employment agencies. The documentary travels to the U.S.-Mexican border (El Paso – Juarez) to create deeper understanding of factory flight out of Morristown, and to interior Mexico to look at the forces that cause immigration. The film ends with a stunning union victory at a large poultry processing plant in Morristown, Tennessee.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 min

MUJER DE BENJAMIN, LA

Description: Seventeen-year old Natividad is bored with her life in her village. Meanwhile Benjamin, fifty something, fat, and the fool of the village, is in love with Natividad. Incited by his friends, Benjamin decides to kidnap her. Leandro, Natividad’s boyfriend, interferes in the kidnapping and unleashes a violent episode which determines the fate of Natividad and restores the deteriorated image of Benjamin in the eyes of the villagers.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

MY FILMMAKING, MY LIFE

Description: An intriguing documentary on the life of the renowned and vibrant filmmaker. Landeta is seen in her 70’s remembering her productive years. Includes interview with filmmaker Marcela Fernandez Violante.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 30 minutes

NATIVES: IMMIGRANT BASHING ON THE BORDER

Description: This film depicts the disturbing increase in racism, violence and intolerance along the US-Mexican border in recent years. NATIVES examines the concerns of some of the individuals involved in San Diego’s anti-immigrant movement. Relying principally on a cinema vérité style and avoiding explanatory narration, the film seeks to critique the nativist position by contrasting their professed love for their country with their racist and anti-democratic attitudes.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 25 minutes

NAZARIN

Description: Buñuel’s greatest depiction of religious hypocrisy. This adaptation of the novel by Benito Perez Galdos Nazarín tells the story of a simple priest who tries to live by Christian precepts and becomes an outcast and an outlaw. Considered one of the most controversial of Buñuel’s works.

Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 59 minutes

NEGRA ANGUSTIAS, LA

Description: Daughter of a rebel, Angustias is ostracized for her refusal to marry, her independence, and her scorn for men. She falls in love, only to be rejected because of her race and class which cause her to return to her role as a revolutionary.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 85 minutes

NEW AUDIENCES FOR MEXICAN MUSIC

Description: A three-part documentary. Part I describes the phenomenon of banda dance music sweeping the Unites States and Mexico. Part II provides a history of mariachi music and its fusions with country-western and other styles, while Part III profiles Tejano music.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 30 minutes

NIÑOS DE ZAPATA

Description: A documentary about the Zapatista National Liberation Army’s struggle to attain justice for the Maya Indians of Chiapas. The film includes footage of various figures in the movement, including the elusive subcomandante Marcos. Produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 24 minutes

NORTE, EL

Description: Mayan Indian peasants organize in an effort to improve their lot in life. After the army destroys their village and kills their family, a teenage brother and sister decide they must flee to “El Norte”. After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling through Mexico, they arrive in Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 139 minutes

NOSOTRAS TAMBIEN

Description: This is a story based on real testimonies about women and AIDS.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 40 minutes

NOVIA QUE TE VEA

Description: Two young Jewish girls, born Mexican, shape their lives under the pressures of the early sixties and their own awareness of conflicting loyalties. The subject of the life of the Jewish community within the ethnic complexity of modern urban Mexico is new to the Mexican cinema. Novia que te vea reveals the cultural diversity of the Jewish community and the social and political attitudes that flourish in it.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 115 minutes

OAXACA

Description: The video collection that takes you on a trip to Oaxaca to see the sites of the immensely beautiful country of Mexico.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 Minutes

OLVIDADOS, LOS

Description: This 1950 masterpiece, directed by Luis Buñuel, portrays the misery of poverty with an astounding starkness. Poor children of Mexican slums are the primary subjects of this unconstrained vision of poverty. In many big cities, behind the large buildings are areas of complete misery. Children are malnourished, there are no schools, sanitation is not up to par and delinquents abound. Los Olvidados has been called a work of free art, a testimonial, an aesthetic expression of moral conscience. The film is an effective protest against human cruelty. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 90 minutes

ON THE CASE OF ROSALIE EVANS

Description: A historical discussion among North American and Mexican historians about the diary and life of Rosalie Evans, a disgruntled North American property owner who lost her land during the Mexican Revolution Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 minutes

OTRA CONQUISTA, LA

Description: The synthetic cultural identities resulting from the forcible conversion of Mexico’s indigenous people by the Spanish are explored through the eyes of Cortez’s mistress Tecuíchpo and a fictional half-brother, the illegitimate son of Montezuma II. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 110 minutes

OTRO LADO, EL

Description: Americans simply pass through the turnstiles for cheap thrills in Tijuana. Mexicans on the other side, however, face endless barriers of barbed wire, attack dogs, and armed border patrols. Alex Webb captures the odd panorama of the border. Copies: 1 Length: 10 minutes

PASADO VERDE 1850-1915

Description: The story of the Henequen plant and its practical uses, including fiber for clothing. The documentary begins with the incidental discovery of the Henequen and moves forward in time to the development of factories for mass production of fiber. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 30 minutes

PEDRO PARAMO

Description: Based on one of the masterpieces of Spanish American literature, the novel by Juan Rulfo was adapted for the screen by Carlos Fuentes. Juan Preciado travels to the town of Comala to find his father, Pedro Páramo (John Gavin); instead he finds a phantom town where death is the reigning presence. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

PERFUME DE VIOLETAS

Description: This film portrays the true story of Yessica and Miriam, two teens from Mexico city that start a profound friendship in middle school. The friends share notebooks, games, likes, make-up, and perfume… until Jorge and El Topi, two violent accomplices, kidnap Yessica. The indifference and selfishness of the adults break the friendship of the two young girls and carry them to the brink of tragedy. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 88 minutes

PERLA, LA

Description: Based on The Pearl by John Steinbeck, who also assisted with the cinematography, this stunning film portrays the struggles of a poor Mexican family. Set in a community in Baja, the film centers around the family’s efforts to survive and save their baby by diving for pearls. A disturbing vision of poverty and racism, and a visual masterpiece, due to the direction of Emilio Fernandez and the photography of Gabriel Figueroa. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 77 minutes

PROYECTO VIDEOASTAS INDIGENAS DE LA FRONTERA SUR

Description: Five short documentaries created by the the Indigenous Video Makers Project of the Southern (Mexican) Border: "Te xa wuil a va (Que tengas el poder de mirarte a ti mismo)," directed by Linda Lothe, Cecilia Monroy Cuevas and Roberto Chankin Ortega (10 minutes, Spanish). "K’in santo ta sotz’oleb (Dia de muertos en la tierra de los murcielagos)," directed by Pedro Daniel Lopez Lopez (33 minutes, Tzotzil). "Sq’uinal Ixim (Fiesta del Maiz: El Tercer Encuentro del Maiz Maya-Zoque)," directed by Jose Angel Lopez Dominguez and Roberto Alejandro Corzo Leon (16 minutes, Spanish). "Mas de mil años despues…," directed by Pablo Chankin Najbor, Axel kohler and Tim Trench (19 minutes, Lacandon Maya). "La tierra es de quien la trabaja: Keremetik busca autonomia," directed by Pedro Daniel Lopez Lopez and Jose Miguel Hernandez (10 minutes, Spanish). Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 88 minutes

PUÑO DE HIERRO, EL

Description: This is a silent film that focuses on opium addiction in early twentieth century Mexico. It is combined with stories of bandits and a poor detective who strives to be like the then famous Nick Carter. EL PUÑO DE HIERRO was the first movie that touched upon the issue of drug addiction in Mexico. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

QUE VIVA MEXICO!

Description: Sergei Eisenstein’s lost masterpiece documents the history of Mexico and its people. With sequences devoted to the Edenic land of Tehuantepec, the savage majesty of the bullfight, the struggles of the noble peon and the hypnotic imagery of the Day of the Dead “Qué viva México!” is a vivid tapestry of Mexican life. The film was shot on location in Mexico by Edouard Tisse and financed by American novelist Upton Sinclair. It was later reassembled and restored by Grigory Alexandrov. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 50 minutes

¿QUIEN DIABLOS ES JULIETTE? (WHO IN THE HELL IS JULIETTE?)

Description: Shot in Cuba and the US over a period of three years, this film features remarkable cinematography by first time director Carlos Marcovich. Winner of the Latin American Cinema Prize. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 91 minutes

RADIO CHANUL POM, FROM THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS OF CHIAPAS

Description: From the heart of the Altos in the Chiapaneco province of Chenalho, this community and indigenous oriented radio station broadcasts in Tzotzil and Tzeltal. The radio is an effort to strengthen their fight for justice and defend their culture and dialect. This documentary will take us on a journey through the Chiapas mountains with indigenous voices Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 19 minutes

RECUERDOS

Description: A remarkably complicated documentary that took more than five years to complete, Recuerdos centers on Luis Frank, a Lithuanian immigrant who serves as an American spy in Paris during WWI and a republican militant in the Spanish Civil War before seeking exile in Mexico. Taking a detailed journey through Luis Frank’s rich and varied past, the film offers a remarkably personal journey through a century marked by war, remembrance, and rebirth. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 86 minutes

REED: MEXICO INSURGENTE

Description: A dramatization on John Reed’s newspaper account of the Mexican Revolution. This film explores the young journalists adventures with Pancho Villa’s army in 1913-1914. Through encounters with Generals Villa and Urbina as well as ordinary soldiers, Reed sheds his journalistic impartiality and becomes a potent advocate of the Revolution. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 104 minutes

REINA DE LA NOCHE, LA

Description: Fictionalized biography about life of Mexican singer Lucha Reyes. Lucha Reyes was an unconventional and sexually liberated woman, most famous for her "cancion ranchera" style singing. Her story begins in 1939, when at 33 she still lived at home with her mother, then she marries the liberal Pedro Calderon and then buys a beggar’s daughter, who becomes her only source of lasting love. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 117 minutes

RETORNO A AZTLAN (RETURN TO AZTLAN)

Description: A depiction of the Aztec myth of the creation of the Fifth Sun. It also explains why the Aztecs were cast out of their "Eden" resulting in their eventual conquest. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 91 minutes

RIO ESCONDIDO

Description: The cruelty of one Mexican cacique has left his village completely without water, and the population is living in misery. The people of Rio Escondido will have to struggle for justice, and a newly arrived schoolteacher will help them find the courage to do so. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 110 minutes

RITES OF THE DAY OF THE DEAD

Description: Every November the Mexican people clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones, set beautiful tables or altars in which they place offerings so the visiting dead enjoy them. Experience these and other ancestral rituals of the Day of the Dead. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 20 minutes

ROJO AMANECER

Description: A film about October 2, 1968, Mexico City -the day of the massacre of students in Tlatelolco–the Plaza of the Three Cultures. The story begins with two students returning to their apartment carrying a wounded friend. From that point, evolves a plot impregnated with anguish and fear that culminates in a heart-breaking end. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 95 minutes

ROOTS OF MIGRATION

Description: A journey by US citizens to Oaxaca, Mexico reveals the global forces that have pushed millions of people to migrate to the United States. Learn first-hand why people make the journey north, why they wish they didn’t have to, and what effect their migration has on their communities back home. Shot entirely on location in Oaxaca, Mexico during a fact-finding trip organized by Witness for Peace co-founder, Gail Phares. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 20 minutes

SAASTAL: THE CHILDREN OF THE SACRED GRACE

Description: Alicia returns to the pueblo where she spent her childhood and adolescence after an absence of 15 years. Despite the many changes that her pueblo has undergone, she finds that everyday life remains much the same as it was when she left. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length:

SACRED GAMES: RITUAL WARFARE

Description: Every year in San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, in Southern Mexico, thousands of Maya Indians gather to celebrate Carnival, which they call “Festival of Games”. This award winning film, which merges Catholicism and ancient Maya rights, beautifully captures the passion and mystery of the event and shows how Maya’s symbolic world is renewed each year in the celebrations. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 59 minutes

SAN PATRICIOS, LOS

Description: This documentary narrates the story of Los San Patricios, a Irish battalion in the war against Mexico in 1843 that deserted the United States army and joined the Mexican side. They are celebrated every year in Mexico, Ireland, and in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. This video explores who they were and what convinced them to change sides by tracing their story from their origins in Ireland. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 49 minutes

SANTITOS

Description: Based on the novel by Esperanza’s Box of Saints by Maria Amparo Escandon. Santitos is a character-driven comedy about a young Mexican woman who has to come to terms with the loss of her teenage daughter. Esperanza’s daughter Blanca suddenly and mysteriously dies in the hospital where she was having her tonsils removed. Shortly afterward, the vision of a saint appears on the greasy glass door of the oven, telling Esperanza that Blanca is not dead. Despite warnings from her best friend and the local priest, she embarks on an incredible journey across the country and over the border that helps her shed her inhibitions one by one. Out comes a different Esperanza, a liberated independent woman who is also sexually uninhibited. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 105 minutes

SECOND VOYAGE OF THE MIMI, THE

Description: The crew of a converted French traveler studies ancient Mayan civilization and strives to acquire the science and mathematics expertise to understand it. Adventures develop observation, hypothesis formation, data collection, and analysis skills. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 24 15-minute segments

SECRETO DE ROMELIA, EL

Description: Three generations of women reflect the spiritual and social differences among traditional Mexico, the period of the Lázaro Cárdenas regime, and Mexico today. Based on Rosario Castellanos’ short story El Viudo Román. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 100 minutes

SEÑORITA EXTRAVIADA

Description: This documentary investigates the kidnapping, rape and murder of over 230 young women in Juarez, Mexico. Using the testimonies of the families of the victims, the film boldly reveals a web of complicity that has contributed to the persistence of the killings. It serves as a frank portrayal of Ciudad Juarez and of the grime of the new global economy. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 74 minutes

 

SENTINELS OF SILENCE

Description: Filmed almost entirely from a helicopter, this film presents spectacular views of seven of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico: Teotihuacán, Monte Albán, Mitla, Tulum, Palenque, Chichen Itzá and Uxmal. Narrated by Orson Welles. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 18 minutes

SERPIENTES Y ESCALERAS

Description: This drama centers around the friendship of two young wealthy provincial girls of the 1950s to depict a tale of seduction and infidelity, intimacy and melancholy. Through the classic Mexican game of "chance and destiny," this film by the acclaimed director Busi Cortés seeks to portray women of another time. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 86 minutes

SIXTH SUN, THE

Description: This chronicle of NAFTA and the Zapatista uprising includes interviews with key figured and grounds the conflict in questions of democracy and social change. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 56 minutes

SLEEP DEALER

Description: Sleep Dealer is a futuristic science fiction story set in a world not much different from our own, in which borders are closed, and a global, high speed network ties distant people and places together. The story centers on 3 characters who inhabit very different spaces in this world: a migrant, a soldier, and a writer. Sleep Dealer won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for both the Gotham and Independent Spirit awards. Geoffrey Gilmore, the festival director, describes the movie as “a combination of The Matrix, Blade Runner, and The Border”. Already a Latino Sci-Fi classic, this film has been praised by critics and audiences alike. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

SOLO CON TU PAREJA

Description: Tomás loves women and they love him. However, Tomás has problems -he lives in the times of DC-10’s, microwave ovens and AIDS, and this modern Don Juan doesn’t use condoms! A wonderfully funny comedy faintly reminiscent of Almodóvar. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 94 minutes

SOUNDS OF MEXICO

Description: Music is an important expression of Mexico’s cultural richness, and has always accompanied mostly all the activities of the Mexican people. Get to know through this program the most representative music, complemented with typical handicrafts and regional dresses of Mexico, in a magnificent colonial setting. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 45 minutes

STEPAN CHEMICAL: THE POISONING OF A MEXICAN COMMUNITY

Description: The moving account of the people of Matamoros, Mexico after the Chicago-based Stepan plant dumped zylene, a toxic solvent linked to birth defects, into open canals near their homes. The Sanchez family and their community, with the help of the U.S.-based Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, demanded an end to the contamination and a full accounting from Stepan. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 18 minutes

SUPER AMIGOS

Description: In this mix of live action and comic book style animation, five masked activists fight against corruption, homophobia, animal rights, pollution and poverty in Mexico City. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 70 minutes

TARAHUMARA: A CRY FROM THE WILDERNESS

Description: A UNICEF style documentary showing the hardships of the Tarahumara Indians and how a local hospital attempts to remedy them.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 25 minutes

TEOTIHUCAN: CITY OF THE GODS

Description: When the Aztecs arrived in the Valley of Mexico 600 years ago, they found a mysterious city of great pyramids. With this video students will examine some of the theories and legends surrounding the mysterious civilization of Teotihuacán, see some of the existing artifacts and ruins of Teotihuacán, and study some of the unique cultural traits of the Teotihuacános, which include their architecture and their religion

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 18 minutes

THE INHERITORS

Description:The most highly praised and awarded Mexican documentary in many years, THE INHERITORS by Eugenio Polgovsky immerses us in the daily lives of children who, with their families, survive only by their unrelenting labor. The film takes us into the agricultural fields, where children barely bigger than the buckets they carry, work long hours, in often hazardous conditions, picking tomatoes, peppers, or beans, for which they are paid by weight. Infants in baskets are left alone in the hot sun, or are breast-fed by mothers while they pick crops. The indelible impression conveyed by THE INHERITORS, in which everyone-from the frailest elders to the smallest of toddlers-must work reveals how the cycle of poverty is passed on, from one generation to another.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90minutes

TLATELOCO: LOS CLAVES DE LA MASACRE

Description: This documentary represents the culmination of four years of investigation into the military operations behind the October 1968 massacre of students at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlateloco, Mexico. It incorporates all known film footage related to the events of October 2, 1968 and presents evidence that documents the steps taken by the government and other repressive forces against the student movement.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 57 minutes

TODOS SOMOS MARCOS

Description: A documentary about Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatistas.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 45 minutes

TRES GARCIA, LOS

Description: Ruled by a tough grandma (Sara García), the Garcías (Infante, Salazar and Mendoza) are three charro cousins who fall in love with young American-born Lupita (Marga López) and fight for her love until grandma quiets them. It is a Mexican classic.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

TURIX VIDEOREVISTA #5

Description: When someone makes a brief visit in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is called a visit of a “turix.” When one sees a dragonfly, it is considered good luck. The video-magazine Turix is like the dragonfly; it is an open space for creative, audiovisual expression of the indigenous inhabitants of south-southeastern Mexico. This video is divided into eight short sections, each one the work of independent film makers and rural media workshops with children and adolescents of rural communities. They are produced by and for the people of these communities and spoken in the languages of the region.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 35 minutes

 

UY IN T’AAN

Description: This is a film about Mayan communities and the languages spoken in them. This movie shows the journey children make to become fluent in both Mayan and Spanish. True to its Mayan title, this move is about a community’s efforts to teach its children Mayan and to break the barriers the adults have of people who speak different languages.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 25 minutes

VAMOS CON PANCHO VILLA

Description: The Mexican Revolution is on its way when six brave peasants, known as "Los Leones de San Pablo", decide to join Pancho Villa’s army and help end the suffering in their community by assisting in the struggle.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 87 Minutes

VENTANA A MI COMUNIDAD (WINDOW TO MY COMMUNITY)

Description: This documentary narrated by three small children examines different aspects of indigenous communities within México. The indigenous groups portrayed are the Lancadones, Maxahuas and Otomies. In each community the children narrate their surroundings, traditional ways of making a living and other aspects specific to their communities, including how to make tortillas, how to make paper, etc.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 6 minutes; 13 minutes; 12 minutes

VERANO DE LA SENORA FORBES, EL

Description: Written by Nobel Prize winning Gabriel García Márquez, this is a wickedly black comedy about two children plotting to kill their authoritarian nanny, reminiscent of the work of the legendary film maker Luis Buñuel. Directed by Humberto Hermosillo. Part of the film series Amores Difíciles.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 85 minutes

VIAJE AL CENTRO DE LA SELVA, MEMORIAL ZAPATISTA

Description: This documentary explores from the beginnings of the Zapatista uprising until the National Democratic Convention that took place in Aguascalientes, Chiapas in 1994. This journalistic documentary attempts to capture, from the middle of the jungle, a moment of contemporary Mexican history.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 95 minutes

VIDA SIGUE, LA

Description: A docudrama originally produced for Mexican television. Based on true stories this beautiful film traces the life of a Mexican woman in a small town faced with the realization that she has AIDS. The film deals with the stigma attached to AIDS in contemporary Mexican culture and the efforts of the medical system in dealing with this growing crisis.

Copies: 1 Length: 30 minutes

VOCES DEL ALMA DE NUESTROS ANCESTROS

Description:

Humans have always been narrators of stories, legends, fables and in places where there were no books or novels, stories have been passed down through word of mouth from one generation to the next. This social function is still alive in some communities in the Yucatan Peninsula where an elderly person has family-related stories or historical events that he/she experienced personally. Historical memory is in this kind of stories, the great compliment of temporality to bring unity to those basic aspects of the culture, traditions, beliefs and worldview of the Yucatecan Maya people.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN

Description: Released in 2001 in Mexico, where it broke box-office records, director Alfonso Cuarón’s sexy comedy follows two teenage boys who go out on the road with an older Spanish woman they both lust after. Sumptuous cinematography, wonderful performances by the young cast and a subtle glimpse into Mexican life and its politics.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 100 minutes

YANCO

Description: In this tale of fantasy and folklore, Yanco, a small Indian boy, is considered bewitched because of his hypersensitivity to sound. When his music teacher dies, the boy begins to play mysterious melodies during the night. His talent reaches such a peak that the villagers feel that it is the old teacher coming back to haunt the village.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 85 minutes

YOUNG BULLFIGHTER, THE

Description: An EVA film intended for younger audiences. Short documentary traces the career of a young Mexican man trying for a career as a torero in the ring.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

YUCATAN: MAS OTROS 4 LUGARES DEL PAIS

Description: A fascinating travel view of the legendary ruins of Chichen Itza, Tulum, Uxmal and many other ancient Mayan sites, including visits to Merida, a city of contrasting sights, cultural blends and people.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

ZAPATA’S GARDEN

Description: In 1994 the Zapatistas reclaimed land in Chiapas’ Lacandon jungle in southern Mexico to found the Autonomous Municipality of Emiliano Zapata. Since then, they have been building a new society in which there are neither servants nor bosses. Members of the community ensure their autonomy by tending to an organic vegetable garden and working collectively in all endeavors.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 19 minutes

ABRIL DESPAÇADO (BEHIND THE SUN)

Description: The Brazilian badlands, April 1910. Tonho is ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother. The young man knows that if he commits this crime, his life will be divided in two: the 20 years he has already lived and the few days he has left to live, before the other family avenges their son’s death. He is torn between fulfilling his ancestral duty and rebelling against it, urged by his younger brother Pacu. That’s when a tiny traveling circus passes through the vast badlands where Tonho’s family lives.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 92 minutes

AMERICAS: PART 2

Description: “Capital Sins” Part of a 10-part PBS series on the western hemisphere, this program examines the trajectory of Brazil’s economy from the mid 1960s through the 1980s, spotlighting the methods Brazil’s rulers chose to develop that country and how their choices affected the lives of ordinary Brazilians. Beginning with the rapid growth of the late 1960s and 1970s known as the “Brazilian Miracle,” it examines the cost of this growth in terms of the repression of the military regime of that period, as well as the growing inequality of the 1970s and the debt crisis of the 1980s. The transition to democratic rule in the 1980s is also covered. Interviews with members of the military regime and its opponents, including current President Luis Ignacio “Lula” Da Silva and politician Benedita Da Silva, complement the documentary’s narrative.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

Length: 60 minutes

AMERICAS: PART 6

Description: “Miracles are Not Enough” This program travels to Brazil and Nicaragua to observe the explosion of theological debate, social activism and spiritual revival that is changing a region where religion has long played an important role in society and politics.

Copies: 1 (VHS)

Length: 60 minutes

ART OF ELIZABETH BISHOP, THE

 Description: This is a documentary allows the viewer a glimpse into a Brazilian art symposium which celebrates the art and poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. The symposium occurs in Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais. Literary discussions and some presentation material included. UNC-Chapel Hill Brazil, 1999.

Copies: 1 (VHS)

AUTO DA COMPADECIDA, O

Description: The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by Christ, the Devil and the Virgin Mary, before they are admitted to paradise.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 104 minutes

BAILE PERFUMADO

 Description: The inhospitable backlands, or sertão, of northeastern Brazil was home to a fearsome group of social bandits – the cangaceiros. Among the most infamous of these outlaws, known by their hats covered with mystic talismans, was the bespectacled Lampião whose depredations became legend in the 1930s. The film portrays the filmmaker and photographer Benjamin Abrahão, a Lebanese immigrant, who captured the elusive bandits with his camera.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 93 minutes

BENEDITA DA SILVA

 Description: A profile of the first black woman ever to be elected city councilor and member of the Brazilian Parliament from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Bene, as she prefers to be called, has lived her entire life in the favelas and worked for twenty-five years as a domestic servant before beginning her public life in 1982, when she won a post as city councilor and was elected a federal MP in 1986. She now devotes her efforts to fighting the racism and discrimination faced by Rio’s slum dwellers, and comments from community leaders and residents show the love and respect she has earned.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 29 minutes

BISPO DO ROSARIO

Description: This docudrama about the life and art of the Brazilian artist Arthur Bispo do Rosário takes the artist’s imagination as its viewpoint. Bispo spent 50 years in a psychiatric hospital in Rio and his art was almost completely unknown before his death in 1989. He is now considered one of Brazil’s most important artists.

Copies: 1 (VHS)

Length: 46 minutes

BRAZIL

Description: This film highlights some of Brazil’s most impressive features. From economics and industry to geography and culture, this documentary serves as an informative introduction to a country unlike any other. It focuses on major cities like Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazilia and Salvador da Bahia, while also placing emphasis on the country’s rural culture and diversity.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

BYE BYE BRASIL

Description: A small-time traveling sideshow plays over 9,000 miles of backcountry Brazil, a mixture of primitivism and progress. One of the most original and entertaining films of recent years, it is an exotic, entertaining, exuberant, and often very moving film by Carlos Diegues.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 110 minutes

CANUDOS: PAIXÃO E GUERRA NO SERTÃO DE CANUDOS

Description: Produced by Ricardo Gaspar and Selma Santos under the auspices of the University of Bahia and the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, this video depicts the history of the 1897 massacre of thousands of followers of a millenarian movement in the backlands of Northeastern Brazil.

Copies: 2 (VHS)

Length: 90 minutes

CARANDIRU

Description: Based on the real life experiences of Doctor Drauzio Varella as a social worker inside the Carandiru state penitentiary in Sao Paulo, the largest correctional facility in Brazil. Hundreds of prisoners live in degrading conditions while an elite group of prisoners rule the actual prison based on their own codes and laws. This rule ends in bloodshed in October 1992 when 300 policemen storm the facility and kill 111 unarmed inmates.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 145 minutes

CARMEN MIRANDA: BANANAS IS MY BUSINESS

Description: This film relates the intimate saga of the star who captured the world’s heart and imagination. It reveals the lasting image of Latin American women she created and serves as a celebration of her glorious talents. Using active footage, film fragments, interviews and dramatic re-enactments, acclaimed director Helena Solberg goes behind the scenes to convey the true life story of the “Brazilian Bombshell.”

Copies: 1(VHS)

Length: 90 minutes

CASA GRANDE & SENZALA (MASTERS AND SLAVES) PARTS I-IV

Description: A discussion of the 1933 text Casa Grande & Senzala(Masters and Slaves) by Brazilian anthropologist and historian, Gilberto Freyre, this documentary consists of four 1-hour segments. The camera follows Prof. Edson Nery, friend and biographer of Freyre, on an exploration of Brazil’s colonial past that blurs the lines between history, art, and the social sciences. In addition to explaining the circumstances of colonization it also examines the darker, sensual side of Brazil’s past in an attempt to define what the country is today.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 120 minutes

CENTRAL DO BRASIL

Description: One of Brazil’s most acclaimed films and winner of a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Inside Rio de Janeiro’s Central Station, two very unlikely souls are about to become inextricably linked. When a young boy witnesses his mother’s accidental death, a lonely retired schoolteacher reluctantly takes the child under her wing.

Copies: 2 (VHS and DVD) Length: 106 minutes

CHILD OF THE DARK

Description: Back in the 1960s, Carolina María de Jesus became famous in Brazil after publishing her diary Child of the Dark. In this video, the director Robert Levine introduces this book about the daily life of poor people in Brazil, using images (mainly pictures and pieces of art) of the favelas. Note: This video doesn’t have very good sound quality.

Copies: 1(VHS) Length: 15 minutes

CIDADE BAIXA (THE LOWER CITY)

Description: Deco and Naldinho are best friends in a constant struggle to earn an honest living in the gritty world of Salvador de Bahia’s Lower City. When a beautiful prostitute named Karina asks to hitch a ride, the twosome quickly becomes a threesome. To survive life in the Lower City, the trio must learn to accept each other as lovers, friends and enemies. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 98 minutes

CIDADE DE DEUS (CITY OF GOD)

Description: In the midst of the streets of the world’s most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro’s “City of God,” a frail and scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with a different eye: the eye of an artist. In the face of impossible odds, his brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 130 minutes

CINE MAMBEMBE (CINEMA DISCOVERS BRAZIL)

Description: A pair of filmmakers journey to the interior of Brazil, screening short films to audiences in town squares. From Bahía to the Amazon, they discover a vast country going to the movies, seeing themselves on the big screen for the first time. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 56 minutes

CINEMA, ASPIRINS AND VULTURES

Description: In 1942, Johann, a lonely German, travels through the Northeast of Brazil in his truck selling aspirins in small villages, using advertisement movies to promote the medicine. He meets and befriends a drifter but later must make a life changing decision between homeland and friends.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 99 minutes

COMO ERA GOSTOSO O MEU FRANCÊS (HOW TASTY WAS MY LITTLE FRENCHMAN)

Description: This delicious black comedy, set in the jungles of Brazil, tells the story of a French explorer who in vain tries to be accepted by the tribe of cannibals who has captured him. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

DEUS E O DIABO NA TERRA DO SOL

Description: This richly allegorical film, set amid bandits and prophets in arid Northeastern Brazil of the early twentieth century, is a classic work of cinema novo by one of Brazil’s premier directors, Gláuber Rocha. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 120 minutes

DIARIOS DE MOTOCICLETA (MOTORCYCLE DIARIES)

Description: The Motorcycle Diaries is an adaptation of a journal written by Ernesto Che Guevara when he was 23 years old. He and his friend, Alberto Granado are typical college students who, seeking fun and adventure before graduation, decide to travel across Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Peru in order to do their medical residency at a leper colony. The two best friends start off with the same goals and aspirations, but by the time the film is over, it’s clear what each man’s destiny has become. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 128 minutes

DONA FLOR E SEUS DOIS MARIDOS

Description: Funny, sexy, and intoxicating. A ribald folktale about a young widow, her respectable new husband, and her dynamic but dead first husband who refuses to stay buried, featuring the sensual Sonia Braga as Dona Flor. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 106 minutes

ENTREATOS

Description: This film documents the 2002 presidential campaign of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvia for thirty days. The film is less focused on the public appearances of Lula and more on the behind the scenes action of the campaign team, including strategy meetings, private conversations, and family interactions. (2 disc set) Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 117 minutes

EU, TU, ELES

Description: Based on a true story, this film is set in the beautifully majestic landscape of rural Brazil. Darlene, a determined woman, abruptly uproots herself from her small town to find a man who can fulfill her desires. Three years later and still single, Darlene returns to her hometown and accepts a modest marriage proposal from her humble neighbor Osias. Before long, Darlene finds herself in a grueling work routine while Osias oversees from the comfort of a hammock. The film portrays Darlene’s struggle to find happiness and love in this isolated town in Brazil. Best Pictures and Best Actress at Cinema Brazil Festival. Official Selection 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 107 minutes

FAVELA RISING

Description: Favela Rising documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance, he rallies his community to counteract the violence and oppression. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

FILHAS DO VENTO

Description: Two sisters from the state of Minas Gerais are reunited after several years apart when their father dies and are forced to confront each other about the ill feelings generated by the hurts of the distant past. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 84 minutes

FIVE T.V. DOCUMENTARIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Description: Made by Lia de Souza, Brazil. Portugese. 1.CUL GERAI-Historias da Pedra Furada 2.Especial Ianomami 3.Wareté 4.Antártida 5.Alcatrazes Copies: 1 (DVD)

FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER

Description: This thriller is based on the true-life events. In 1969, the MR-8 urban guerrillas kidnap the US Ambassador to Brazil (Alan Arkin) to demand the release of prisoners held by the military junta. The dictatorship’s secret police close in on the bungled operation while time runs out. Now, the diplomat’s life hangs in the balance, caught between a government unwilling to cooperate, and his fear for the captors themselves. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 107 minutes

FRONTEIRA, A (THE BORDER)

Description: The story of two Brazilian families who put everything at risk to cross the border into the United States from Mexico, in search of a better life. Having gotten over the first leg of their journey, they all confront unexpected obstacles as they struggle to both reach their goals and adapt to their new reality. They fight for their dreams with the same courage and determination with which they cross new frontiers that appear on their way. Entirely based on true stories that were compiled to make up this beautiful and moving story. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 106 minutes

HEAVIER THAN AIR

Description: This documentary challenges the popular understanding that the Wright brothers were the “first in flight.” It treats the life of Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont and his mission to create “heavier than air” flying technology. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 38 minutes

HORA DA ESTRELA, A

Description: In this film based on the book by Clarice Lispector, Macabea is a young woman from the countryside of northeast Brazil who lives in the sprawling city of Sao Paulo. The mixture of bitter reality and gentle, humorous fantasy has been compared with the works of Fellini, Chaplin and DeSica, and earned Suzana Amaral’s first feature status as an instant cinematic classic. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 96 minutes

I WAS BORN A BLACK WOMAN (NASCI MULHER NEGRA)

Description: This film recounts the remarkable life of Benedita da Silva, the first Afro-Brazilian woman to be elected to Brazil’s senate. Her long history of struggle in the shantytowns, the women’s movement and the black movement created the base for her enormous popularity as an organizer, a politician and an international role model. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 44 minutes

ILHA DAS FLORES

Description: This is a hilarious but devastating film about values, the food chain, and the human condition. Ultimately, a Brazilian island where pigs eat first, and the people are fed what the pigs leave over provides an example of how arbitrarily we have arrived at the human food chain and system of exchange that we now know. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 15 minutes

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (BESO DE LA MUJER ARAÑA )

Description: Political prisoner Valentín Arregui and homosexual pederast Luis Molina share a Brazilian prison cell in this fantastical drama from Manuel Puig’s book by the same title. Molina helps pass time by recounting memories from one of his favorite films, a wartime romantic thriller that just may also be a Nazi propaganda film, in order to spur Valentin’s imagination and distract him from the brutal realities of political imprisonment and separation from his love. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 120 minutes

LUZIA

Description: Set on the vast and beautiful plains of central Brazil, LUZIA is a movie in the tradition of the American western. Luzia is a cowgirl caught in a clash between squatters and the powerful ranch owners. Her extraordinary rodeo skills and stunning beauty attract the attention of the landowners whose history of marauding returns to gain revenge. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 112 minutes

MANDA BALA

Description: An examination of corruption and class warfare in Brazil as told through the stories of a wealthy businessman, a plastic surgeon who assists kidnapping victims and a politician whose income relies on a frog farm. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 92 minutes

MASSACRE DO CORUMBIARA, O

Description: "O Massacre de Corumbiara" advocates the need for radical agrarian reform in Brazil through an emotional examination of a massacre of peaceful, landless rural laborers by the military police in the Amazonian state of Rondônia in August 1995. It includes testimony from witnesses to the massacre and provides a side of the story ignored or simplified by most of the mainstream press. Filmed by Georges Bourdoukan and the Chico Mendes Committee three days after the killings, the video brings the plight of landless Brazilians to non-Brazilian eyes. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 16 minutes

MORO NO BRASIL

Description: This film is a musical road trip deep into the heart of Brazil. Along the trip, the director showcases the diversity and richness of the Brazilian Music. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 105 minutes

ODO YA! LIFE WITH AIDS

Description: A poetic documentary exploration of efforts by members of the Afro-Brazilian communities in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to combat the spread of AIDS by drawing from their own cultural and religious traditions.

Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 60 minutes

ONDA NO AR, UMA (SOMETHING IN THE AIR)

Description: This is a comedy drama that captures the joy and sadness of life in much of South America. It is based on the true story of four friends who decide to install a communal pirate radio station. Called Rádio Favela, this station is erected in a shanty-town to give voice to the outcasts’ complaints. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 93 minutes

ORFEU NEGRO (BLACK ORPHEUS)

Description: The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice is retold against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The story is enhanced by brilliant performances, thrilling music, and magnificent color photography. Copies: 2(DVD) Length: 107 minutes

ORISHA TRADITION, THE: THE GODS IN EXILE

Description: A documentary about the mixture of Catholic and Afro-Brazilian religious traditions. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 30 minutes

OWNERS OF THE WATER: CONFLICT AND COLLABORATION OVER RIVERS

Description: The Xavante of central Brazil and the Wayuu of Venezuela are two indigenous groups who both face considerable challenges in their efforts to maintain control over and access to one of the most basic of natural resources, fresh water. In this compelling documentary an anthropologist from the United States collaborates with a member of the Xavante and a member of the Wayuu to explore the ways in which indigenous peoples are responding to threats to their environment and natural resources. The film focuses primarily on efforts by the Xavante to combat the deforestation and excessive use of agritoxins associated with the expanding Brazilian soy industry that threatens the viability of the Rio das Mortes as a viable water source. Through a focus on this particular movement, the filmmakers explore the close connection between the the goals of protecting our environment and defending the interests of indigenous peoples, as well as an growing solidarity among indigenous peoples throughout South America that is centered around mobilization with respect to environmental issues. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 34 minutes

PEÕES

Description: Workers from the industrial ABC region of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo are interviewed twenty-three years after their strike led by Luis Inácio "Lula" da Silva. In 1979 Brazil lived under a dictatorship and the members of the metalworkers union were the first group of workers to organize a strike during the rule of military regime. Interviews of the workers who participated in this movement appear alongside footage of their demonstrations and narrative explaining the political and economic situation in Brazil at the time. Strike leader “Lula” da Silva was elected president of Brazil just as production of this film was being completed. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 84 minutes

PIXOTE

Description: Ten-year-old Pixote (Portuguese slang for “Peewee”) is one of three million homeless children in Brazil. Hauled off to a crowded detention center, wide-eyed Pixote witnesses rapes, beatings and other acts of random violence by both the guards and the inmates. With the tranvestite Lilica and his lover Dito, Pixote escapes from the reform school and embarks on a life of violence and crime. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 127 minutes

QUANDO O CRIOULO DANÇA

Description: This film by a young Brazilian woman deals with racism as it impacts and is expressed through the daily lives of black Brazilians. It demystifies the idea that Brazilian society is without racial prejudices. Bronze medal winner at the International Film and TV Festival of New York. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 50 minutes

QUILOMBO

Description: A handsome tale of revolution and conflict, set in the mid-1600s. Disgruntled slaves in northeastern Brazil leave their plantations and form Quilombo de Palmares-their own democratic nation in the jungle. This doesn’t sit well with the Portuguese landowners, who send in their troops to restore control. This historical saga is a stirring fusion of folklore, political impact, and dynamic story-telling, realized in vibrant colors and set to the pulsing beat of Gilberto Gil’s musical score. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 114 minutes

QUILOMBO , COUNTRY: AFROBRAZILIAN VILLAGES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Description: Quilombo Country examines the communities established by runaway slaves in 19th century Brazil as they navigate the hazards of the modern world, observing the daily activities that allow the quilombolas to survive in relative isolation. This film also offers rare footage of two ceremonies and many other celebrations. Copies: 2(DVD) Length: 73 minutes

QUILOMBOS DE BAHIA

Description: Fantastic documentary about black communities in the State of Bahia. The Brazilian concept of Quilombos has come to mean the communities that were constituted out of the struggle of rebel slaves during the centuries of slavery, as territories of housing, resistance and social organization. These communities represented the enjoyment of autonomy by rebel slaves, as a reaction to white domination. Many communities now are impoverished and struggle to gain a suitable standard of living. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 127 minutes

REGINA VATER: SIX VIDEOS ON BRAZIL

Description: This video contains six segments in Portuguese with no subtitles. "Turning Sadness Inside Out" (1985, 18 minutes) is about Rio’s Carnival. It is basically a musical where the lyrics somehow cements the images. "From Brazil by Brazilians" (1993, 20 minutes) is an experimental video of interviews with five Brazilian intellectuals, mixed with street and country scenes. This segment also shows how Brazilians see themselves and how they feel about the European and American perception of them. "Tupi or not Tupi" (1988, 18 minutes) contains fragments of interviews with filmmaker Vera Figueredo, famous theater director José Celso Martines Correia, writer and scholar Antonio Medina, and American composer John Cage, regarding their feelings about Brazil and Brazilian culture. "Nature Still Alive" (1993, 5 minutes) is a short work about ecology and conscience, computer edited. This segment works in analogical and metaphorical discourse, and is the result of edited images of animals with Regina Vater’s "Nature Mortes" (collection of photographs). "Green" (1991, 30 minutes) is a film made for a video installation in the Royal National Museum of Antwerp in 1992. This film is about the destruction of America’s ecology and culture by the Europeans. At the same time, it deals with the foods America provided Europe with the discoveries. The last segment of this video (1993, unfinished) contains a fragment of an hour video recording most of Regina Vater’s art works from 1979 to 1993. In this video the artist reads a statement on her ideas about art. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length:

ROMANCE DA EMPREGADA (THE STORY OF FAUSTA)

Description: Betty Faria stars as Fausta, a quirky cleaning lady whose sexy swinging hips open the door to a more comfortable life. When an old widower breaks the ice and buys Fausta perfume and a drink, she sees a way out of her dead-end marriage and the shanty town that traps her. The bawdy sitcom hilarity of Fausta and her relationships are infused with a deeper message in the film’s startling conclusion.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 90 minutes  

SATORI USO

Description: A poet from the shadows, a filmmaker with no films and an enigmatic muse. Inspired by the work of Brazilian writer and poet Rodrigo Garcia Lopes, it is a sort of “false documentary” about the poet’s time in the city of Londrina in the fifties as told through the eyes of American filmmaker Jim Kleist. Neither the poet nor the filmmaker actually existed – they are both fictional characters. Satori Uso, the poet, was invented in 1986, and his haikus were published in the literary section of local Brazilian newspaper Folha de Londrina. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 17 minutes

SAVAGE CAPITALISM

Description: This blockbuster Brazilian feature uses soap-opera melodrama to tell the story of a beautiful romance between a reporter and a mining company executive. But the romance crumbles when the executive’s wife, long presumed dead, returns and drives the couple, the company, and the country to the brink of a national disaster. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 86 minutes

SEAMS

Description: Directed by Karim Ainouz, a young Brazilian American filmmaker, who traveled back to his home in Brazil to interview on film his five delightfully eccentric unmarried or widowed aunts on their views of love, family and marriage. These women all in their eighties or nineties seem more liberated and more at ease with certain issues than many people of today.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

SERTAO DAS MEMORIAS, O

Description: This film tells the story of two Sertanejos, the inhabitants of Sertão. Maria is the female reincarnation of Jesus, representing the strength of the Sartanejo women. She invites the Beatas (holy women) on a mission of prayer for which they journey through the countryside, witnessing social unrest among the population. Maria meets the hero of the peasants, the strong worker Antero whose history intermingles with hers. Through mythical dreams, visions, and stories heard along their journey, we witness the unfolding of Biblical prophecy in which Old Testament texts mingle with the folktales of the Sertão Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 102 minutes

SHOESHINE PRESIDENT, THE (O PRESIDENTE ENGRAXATE)

Description: Shot in streets of Sao Paulo, THE SHOESHINE PRESIDENT asks Brazilians what they think about their new president, Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva. From the heart of the celebrations, this film captures the heady atmosphere of history in the making–the most important chapter in Brazilian history for a generation. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 15 minutes

THE SOUND OF RIO: BRASILEIRINHO

Description: A musical documentary about choro, the first genuinely urban Brazilian music, which blended European, Afro-Brazilian and indigenous elements and formed the basis for popular musical styles such as Samba and Bossa Nova. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

STORIES OF MY GRANDPARENTS, THE

Description: The Stories of My Grandparents is a long-term project that brings to life the Mayan legends that are such an important part of the Yucatec Maya oral tradition. The project is inspired in Ana Rosa Suarte’s first attempts to put the stories that she heard as a child in video. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 15 minutes

TEMPTATIONS OF BROTHER SEBASTIAN, THE

Description: The story of a Brazilian monk’s quest to be ordained as a priest against a backdrop of personal crises, war, and social collapse. Brother Sebastian confronts numerous obstacles, including his guilt at being raped as a child, his attraction for the beautiful, androgynous Gabriel, doubts about his faith, the torments of a mysterious demon, and the growing jealousy of the man who raped him, now a fellow brother in Sebastian’s order. The year is 2030.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 147 minutes

TERRA EM TRANSE

Description: One of the great art films of the Brazilian Cinema Novo, director Rocha’s 1967 work is a meditation on the ambiguities of political power, revolutionary ideologies, and the transformative potential of art. It is a satirical film, based on a real life politician. The political allegory follows its protagonist narrator, a fictional poet, as he recalls the events leading up to his demise.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 115 minutes

TIETA DE AGRESTE

Description: A story about a young girl, Tieta thrown out of her house for sexual indiscretions, only to return 26 years later triumphantly as the rich and powerful widow of an industrialist. Tieta and Leonora, whom she introduces as her stepdaughter, inspire an upheaval in the Life of Sant’Ana. In the midst of all the uproar, the darkest secret of Tieta’s life is revealed and she is forced to leave the village once again. Feature.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 115 minutes

TREM PARA AS ESTRELAS, UM

Description: A young musician from the poor suburbs of Rio searches for his lost love. From Guadalupe to the cosmopolitan south zone, Vinicius embarks on an almost mythic urban odyssey. Vinicius’ journey, both tragic and comic leads ultimately to redemption. For having lost all innocence, he is redeemed by the irrepressible life-forces of poetry and the wailing of a single saxophone in a Brazilian night.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 103 minutes

VERA (1987)

Description: After having spent part of her life in an orphanage/reform school (where she learned that this is a man’s world), Vera attempts assimilation into polite Brazilian society. However, by the time she leaves the orphanage she is convinced that she is a man inhabiting a woman’s body. A movie about gender formation and deformation.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 87 minutes

VIDAS SECAS

Description: This film takes place in the years 1940 to 1942, between the two great droughts that devastated the Brazilian Nordeste (Northeast). The movie, based on a novel by Graciliano Ramos, is a meditation about the agrarian question and the problem of migration to the Northeast regions of Brazil.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 105 minutes

VIDEO NAS ALDEIAS

Description:A project organized by the Centro de Trabalho Indigenista in which different indigenous groups in the Amazon have been provided with video training and equipment. Uses include recording ceremonies for future generations, taping political discussions, recording the promises of government officials, and documenting their struggles for the environment and their lands.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 10 Minutes

XICA

Description: A diamond rush in the 1700s transformed Brazil’s interior into a place of fabulous wealth and excess. In this unrestrained atmosphere, the slave Xica uses her iron will and her unique sexual talent to seduce her way into becoming the unofficial Empress of Brazil, lording it over her former masters and gleefully emptying the crown’s treasury.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 109 minutes

YAKWA: O BANQUETE DOS ESPIRITOS

Description: Documenting the most important ritual of the Enauêne-Nawê Indians, the seven months every year that the spirits of the dead are venerated with offerings of food, song, and dance so they will protect the community and bless it with an abundant harvest and great quantities of fish.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 75 minutes

ACCORDION KINGS, THE

Description: This documentary examines a Colombian musical tradition that has emerged to become an internationally popular music genre. Its rural sentiment, straightforward message, and danceable rhythms now appeal to millions of fans around the world. In Colombia’s northern Magdalena Valley, vallenato or “valley music” is the rage and the accordion is king. The region is a place where small children learn to play the accordion at their father’s knee while hundreds of professional practitioners, sometimes several generations of accordeoneros in the same family, perform dazzling feats of musical prowess at social events and duel for bragging rights at annual festivals. The film features an exclusive interview with pop star Carlos Vives and behind-the-scenes footage of the legendary annual Vallenato Festival.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 75 minutes

AMERICAS: PART 8

Description: “Get Up, Stand Up” This program addresses internal and external challenges to sovereignty in the Americas and examines the ways in which the nations of the Americas cope with the dilemma of maintaining economic and cultural sovereignty in the face of strong pressures, both foreign and domestic. The program, set in Colombia, Jamaica and Panama, explores a wide range of threats to sovereignty, from narco-terrorism to foreign intervention.

Copies: 1 (VHS)

Length: 60 minutes

BOLIVAR SOY YO

Description: The actor, Santiago Miranda, abandons the set of a soap opera that he thinks fails to illustrate the real vision and dream of Bolívar. Miranda is determined to finish Bolívar’s dream of creating the “Great Colombia.” Wrapped in his own delirium, he kidnaps the President of Colombia and tries to start a revolution. However, Miranda’s beloved, Manuelita Saenz, intervenes in his dreams.

Copies: 1 (VHS)

Length: 108 minutes

COMUNIDADES DE PAZ

Description: In the late 1990s and early 2000s the internal conflict in Columbia between the government, military groups and armed forces displaced many communities, mainly made up of peasant farmers. These farmers were forced to leave their homes. This documentary follows the stories and lives of some of the people from San Francisco de Asis. It lets us into their personal thoughts and opinions on the conflict, war, and their way of life. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 54 minutes

CONFESION A LAURA

Description: An emotionally gut-wrenching drama from Colombia set during a violent civil war which occurred after the assassination of liberal leader Jorge Gaitán in 1948. Three people are trapped in Laura’s house during the Bogotazo riots, setting the scene for an unforgettable night.

Copies: 1(VHS) Length: 90 minutes

DESAZÓN SUPREMA, LA: RETRATO INCESANTE DE FERNANDO VALLEJO (THE SUPREME UNEASINESS: INCESSANT PORTRAIT OF FERNANDO VALLEJO)

Description: This riveting documentary about the controversial and very important Colombian author and sometime filmmaker, Fernando Vallejo, begins with a powerful talk he gave to a crowd of youth in which he realistically told them that they were born into the most dangerous place on Earth. His points are illustrated with spliced footage of a country in disarray, full of poverty and assassinations. His speech and writings are laden with strong social and political commentary about his country. Included are home movies, interviews with his siblings, and the interspersing of poetry, politics, and discussion of Vallejo’s homosexuality. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 90 minutes

DIASTOLE Y SISTOLE: LOS MOVIMIENTOS DEL CORAZON

Description: Includes thirty-five interesting scenes and situations from a love story where the heartbeat ups and downs of a couple; “Diastole and Cistole” is a creative sample of couple’s relations; their happy moments, misfortunes and the games we play. Humor, jealousies and crazy ideas are the main ingredients of this funny and awarded comedy. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

GOLPE DE ESTADIO

Description: The title of this film is a play on words. By adding an "i" to the expression for coup d’etat in Spanish, its meaning has now been changed to “stadium over throw.” The film is full of satire that is easy to understand, intelligent, and hilarious. Soccer, as the usual common denominator of people worldwide except in the US, serves as the pretense to dish out some of the most notorious social problems in the country. Exploitation by multi nationals, companies’ complicity with guerrillas and thus with the drug lords, the innocence of the common people, corruption, prostitution, poverty, are all actually made quite funny. Serving as comic relief, this movie is a scathing political and social satire of all the parties involved in the nation’s problems. What brings the people "together" is their passion for soccer, and in this film, finding a way to watch the 1994 qualifying match between the Colombian national team and Argentina rises above all differences, to become top priority. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 120 minutes

MANUEL ZAPATA OLIVELLA: ABRIDOR DE CAMINOS

Description: As one of the most prominent Afro-Colombian figures of the 20th century, Manuel Zapata Olivella did many things to promote Colombian culture and the history of African-descended peoples in Colombia. This documentary deals with various aspects of his versatile and prolific career. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 Minutes

MARIA

Description: Based on a novel by Jorge Isaacs. This third cinematographic version of the famous story is a classical representation of Latin American melodrama. Maria is the story of Efraín, a young man who returns to the Valley of Cauca after having spent six years in a college in Bogotá. In his hometown he is pleasantly surprised by his cousin María who has become a beautiful adolescent. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 120 minutes

MARIA CANO

Description: When María Cano (Maria Eugenia Dávila) was recruited into the labor movement in Colombia in 1925 she was prepared for the revolution to come. She worked strenuously to organize workers becoming something of a folk hero. What she was not prepared for, after her five years of imprisonment (beginning 1928), was that the whole movement would lose steam and that she would have to live the rest of her life with her lost dreams of what might have been. These feelings are very strongly represented in her poetry. This biographical movie shows her life during those years, and considers her bitterness in later life Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 106 minutes

MARIA LLENA DE GRACIA (MARIA FULL OF GRACE)

Description: Maria Alvarez, a bright, spirited 17-year-old Colombian is desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers. Maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroin – which she must swallow – to the United States. The ruthless world of international drug trafficking proves to be more than Maria bargained for. This dramatic thriller builds toward a conclusion so powerful and revealing it could only be based on a thousand true stories. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 101 minutes

PA PODER QUE NOS DEN TIERRA

Description: In Colombia’s Cauca region, the Nasa (Paez) people’s movement known as “Freedom for Mother Earth” has long fought to recover their lands. This video documents the group’s recent protest, which resulted in harsh reprisals and suffering for the community. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 22 minutes

RODRIGO D: NO FUTURO

Description: The brutal tale of a teenager making a go of it in one of the world’s toughest town’s: Medellin, Colombia. Rodrigo dreams of playing rock and roll. He rallies his friends into a punk band. From a web of violence, fear, aimlessness, drugs, and jail, rock and roll emerges as salvation, escape, hope –and agony. Employing a cast of young actors and real-life street toughs – some of whom meet violent ends before the film was released – Rodrigo D invites comparisons to Luis Buñuel’s classic Los Olvidados. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 91 minutes

SOMOS ALZADOS EN BASTONES DE MANDO

Description: In May 2006, indigenous and social organizations in Colombia were concentrated in the National Summit Traveling with sectoral actions. They demanded a national referendum against the Free Trade Agreement and the fulfillment of agreements signed with the Government for twenty years. This film tells the contempt, betrayal and brutality of the Colombian state against communities that were peacefully demanding their rights. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 24 minutes

SOPLO DE VIDA (BREATH OF LIFE)

Description: Ex-cop turned private eye Fernando Solórzano gets roped into investigating the murder of unidentified hooker Flora Martínez at a cheap Bogotá hotel; and, as the flashbacks unreel in classic film noir fashion, he starts to piece together her life through her relationships with a failed boxer, a blind lottery salesman, a cowardly bullfighter and a corrupt politician. However, as her real identity starts to emerge, Solórzano gradually realizes that he will have to take a personal interest in the case. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 110 minutes

WAR TAKES (TOMAS DE GUERRA)

Description: For over four years, three Colombian filmmakers turned their cameras on themselves, using personal stories to expose the tough reality in their violent, war-ravaged country. Their portrayal does not aim to confirm the image the outside world has of Colombia as a hotbed of excessive political violence and drug traffic, but instead draws out the beauty and warmth of the people amidst the larger turmoil within their homeland.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 78 minutes

TUMACO PACIFICO

Description: This film portrays daily life in an underdeveloped and overpopulated city on the Pacific coast of Colombia. Tumaco is a city inhabited mainly by Afro-Colombians which depends on fishing as its principal economic activity, a way of life threatened by the accumulation of pollution in the sea and connected waterways. Residents live in houses standing on stilts over the ocean, with no proper water or sanitation systems. Residents of the town share their life stories, their modes of earning a living and reflections on their struggle to secure improved working and living conditions and overcome poverty. Award winner, 26th Latin American Film Festival Bordeaux, France (Public Award) & First Award best feature length documentary film 2009 FESALP Film Festival, La Plata. Argentina.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

VENDEDORA DE ROSAS, LA

Description: Thirteen year-old Monica survives the urban Columbian streets by selling flowers to couples at local bars and restaurants. She is befriended by 10 year-old Andrea, who left her home to flee from her abusive mother. Together, with other friends, they sniff glue and puff cigarettes and marijuana. The film is a portrayal of 24 hours of Monica’s life–on Christmas Eve–as she dreams of spending Christmas with her boyfriend. In reality, it is just another day of misery lost in the swirl of glue intoxication.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 116 minutes

ADJUSTING IN NICARAGUA: THE IMF, WORLD BANK AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Description: A documentary about the effects of IMF and World Bank policies on the economy and society of Nicaragua, and the efforts to counteract the negative results of such policies through cooperative and community development efforts. Based primarily on oral interviews with representatives from development agencies.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 50 minutes

ALGO QUEDA (SOMETHING REMAINS)

Description: Ordinary Nicaraguans narrate the story of 22 turbulent years (1979-2001) in their nation’s history, from the triumph of the Sandinistas, to the day they were voted out of office in 1990, to the tumultuous years since. This film, beautifully shot among the wreckage of Nicaragua’s disastrous war, the abandoned properties of its old landholders, and the urban slums of Managua, presents the story of Nicaragua from a variety of perspectives.

Copies: 1

Length: 51 minutes

ALSINO Y EL CONDOR

 Description: An allegory about an idealistic ten-year-old peasant who dreams of flying like a condor. He eventually learns to fly when he joins guerrillas fighting in an imaginary Central American country.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 90 minutes

AMERICAS: PART 9

Description: “Fire in the Mind” This program looks at revolutionaries in the region today, with a special emphasis on the former guerrilla fighters in El Salvador and the current movement in Peru, and links these movements to the revolutions in Cuba and Nicaragua.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 60 minutes

FACES OF WAR

Description: Produced by Neighbor to Neighbor. Host Mike Farrell-Organizing Version. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 27 minutes

PICTURES FROM A REVOLUTION

Description: Photographer-filmmaker Susan Meiselas returns to Nicaragua to find out what happened to the people she photographed years earlier at the height of the civil war. Meiselas and her collaborators capture the shattered lives and broken dreams of people on both sides of the conflict. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 93 minutes

REAGAN AND SASSER: CONTRA AID

Description: March 16, 1986.  Presidential address of President Reagan concerning the controversial issue.  Response to the address by Sen. Jim Sasser (D-Tennessee). Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 25 minutes

ADORABLES MENTIRAS

 Description: Enchanting, playful, and outrageous, this film presents two unsuccessful people who each adopt fictional personae in order to escape the doldrums of their daily lives. It is a web of adorable little lies told to brighten their otherwise gray existence creating a complicated and ambivalent love story.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 100 minutes

ALEIDA GUEVARA REMEMBERS HER FATHER, CHE

 Description: Aleida Guevara talks fondly about her father, the world famous Che. Aleida talks about the real Che, separating the myth from the man. This bilingual DVD contains a Spanish language version, and another version in Spanish with English subtitles.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 31 minutes

ALICIA EN EL PUEBLO DE LAS MARAVILLAS

Description: In this groundbreaking satirical film about the Cuban Revolution, the craziest situations are seen as normal by most of the inhabitants of Wondertown. Alicia, however, struggles to make sense of what is happening around her from the moment she arrives. This film by Daniel Diaz Torres mixes absurdity, humor and horror, and was banned because it was believed to be anti-revolutionary.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

AZUCAR AMARGA (BITTER SUGAR)

Description: This visceral, energizing look at contemporary Cuba is an impassioned love story set against the political and economic tensions of Havana. Gustavo, an idealistic young Communist with a glorified vision of the Castro regime, falls in love with Yolanda, a disenchanted dancer who longs to escape to Miami. Despite their radically opposed beliefs, Gustavo and Yolanda are inseparable. The city begins to erupt around Gustavo when his rebellious musician brother injects himself with the AIDS virus in suicidal protest, and his father realizes that he will earn more money as a hotel bar pianist than as a doctor.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 102 minutes

BARRIO CUBA

Description: The second in a trilogy, Barrio Cuba tells a trio of stories, all dealing with commonplace Cuban social struggles. Solás and his superior cast pay tribute to the authentic slums of the Havana suburbs, stripping away the sheen of a world previously glamorized by touristy stereotypes.

Copies: 3 (DVD)

Length: 106 minutes

BARROCO

Description: An impressionistic journey through the music of Cuba, Spain and Mexico from pre-Columbian times to the present, on the occasion of the Fifth Centenary of the Conquest.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS)

Length: 111 minutes

BEFORE NIGHT FALLS (ANTES QUE ANOCHEZCA)

Description: Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reynaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. By 1964, he is in Havana where his writing and homosexuality get him into trouble: he spends two years in prison, writing letters for other inmates and smuggling out a novel. He befriends Lázaro Gomes Garriles, with whom he lives stateless and in poverty in Manhattan after leaving Cuba. When asked why he writes, he replies cheerfully, “Revenge.”

Copies: 2 (DVD)

Length: 133 minutes

BELLA DEL ALHAMBRA, LA

 Description: A period musical, based on the novel The Song of Rachel by Miguel Barnet, the film concerns a young woman who uses everyone to attain her dream of being a singer at the Alhambra, Cuba’s top burlesque theatre in the 1920’s.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 108 minutes

BOW WOW

Description: This creative film is shot from the perspective of a German shepherd on the streets of Havana. It is a comic portrayal of the idiosyncrasies, foibles, and hypocrisy of the human species, as seen from the obviously superior point of view of a dog. Interspersed interviews highlight people’s strange and excessive behavior toward their pets.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 22 minutes

BRAINSTORM

Description: During a track and field meet a meteor strikes a stadium in Cuba, killing roughly 93 people. A round table of journalists has a discussion on the significance of the event, debating what the most important aspects of the event are. The film is a meditation on the role of journalism in contemporary Cuba; a practice that supposedly has to be combative, investigative, and neutral. What, then, is the real role of journalism?

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 25 minutes

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

Description: The German filmmaker Wim Wenders directs a documentary about the Cuban musicians in the group Buena Vista Social Club. This group has toured the U.S. and their albums have been best sellers for months. The elder members have many unique stories to tell from a country that has been sealed off to American citizens for decades.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 101 minutes

CAFÉ CON LECHE: VOICES OF EXILE’S CHILDREN

Description: An introspective look at young Cuban-Americans, the now-adult children of the first wave of Cuban exiles that came to the U.S. This documentary focuses on the fusion of traditional, old world values of yesteryear and modern, American culture, as the young Cuban-Americans comment on their experiences growing up bi-culturally.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 85 minutes

CANDIDA ERENDIRA, LA

Description: Avant-garde performance art / plays performed by the Buendía theatre group in 1992

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 106 minutes

CECILIA

 Description: Loosely based on the classic nineteenth-century Cuban novel, Cecilia Valdéz by Cirilo Villaverde. The movie is a reflection on the birth of Cuban nationality. A beautiful mestizo woman struggles to become a part of the world of the white aristocracy. She chooses Leonardo to accomplish her goals. Their tortuous passion is juxtaposed against the emergence of the nation and the struggle for independence.

Copies: 2 (VHS) Length: 120 minutes

CELEBRATING CINCO DE MAYO

 Description: This educational video aimed at children is separated into three sections. The first section explains what Cinco de Maya is, why it is celebrated and its importance. The second section talks about the history of Cinco de Mayo. The third section talks about how the holiday is celebrated. It includes music, arts and crafts, food, parades and general festivities that take place on Cinco de Mayo.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 17 minutes Type: Documentary, Year: , Director: Sue Russell, Country: USA/Mexico, Format: DVD, Language: English, Subtitles: None

CHE, PART I: EL ARGENTINO

Description: Based on Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s memoir Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, this film constitutes part 1 of the two part series directed by Steven Soderbergh on the life of this iconic hero of the Cuban revolution. While focusing on Guevara’s role in the guerrilla campaign that begins in the Sierra Maestra and ultimately ousts Fulgencio Batista from power, the movie also splices in scenes depicting Guevara’s visit to the United Nations and audio re-creation of an interview that presents some of Guevara’s political philosophies and thoughts on being a revolutionary. The film portrays the personal dynamics of his relationship with Fidel Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos, and other anti-Batista activists during the war, Guevara’s leadership style as reflected in his efforts to maintain discipline in the rebel army, and the final military campaign that culminates in the capture of the city of Santa Clara and the flight of Batista from the country.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 135 minutes

CHE, PART II: GUERRILLA

Description: Part two of Stephen Soderbergh’s chronicle of the revolutionary activities of Ernesto “Che” Guevara examines Guevara’s attempts to start a revolutionary guerrilla movement in the jungles of Bolivia. Beginning with his arrival in Bolivia under a false identity, the film traces the factors which result in ultimate failure, as well Guevara’s untimely demise. Efforts to attract the support of Bolivian peasantry ultimately fail as Che’s band is unable to convince the peasants that supporting them is in their best interests. The insurgency effort becomes more and more desperate as the Bolivian military, with the support of the United States, steadily gains the upper hand in its attempts to quell the rebellion.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 136 minutes

CUBA 15

Description: With passion and uncertainty, Tzunami, a small-town Cuban girl prepares for her quinceañera. The celebration is for her fifteen birthday –the official crossroads between innocence and maturity. This short film won nine international film awards, including the 1998 Berlin Jury Prize for the best short film. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 12 minutes

CUBA VA: THE CHALLENGE OF THE NEXT GENERATION

Description: A fast paced weaving of sound bites and interviews that lets young Cubans speak and argue for themselves. What they have to say or sing or rap suggests that everyone born after the revolution has an opinion. Directors/Producers: Gail Dolgin, Vicente Franco. USA (the filmmakers consulted with many Cubans, and filming is entirely in Cuba, but production was done in San Francisco). Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 minutes

CUBA: ISLAND OF DREAMS

Description: Experience a tour through mountains, beaches, and the colorful panorama Cuba has to offer. This video provides pieces of folklore, music, architecture, history, as it shows the major cities of the island. Video Visits. Copies: 1 (VHS) Length: 52 minutes

CUBA: THE BROKEN IMAGE

Description: This program gathers together the most representative of exiled Cuban filmmakers, who recount their personal experiences of having to abandon their work and start a new life away from their country, culture and natural environment. The program features clips of their film and photographs as it takes viewers on a journey from Cuba in the late 1950s to the lives of the filmmakers today. Although Castro encouraged the development of a state sponsored cinema in Cuba, opening doors for many talented filmmakers, his policies towards intellectuals led many of these same filmmakers to abandon the island, leaving behind a broken image, an interrupted flow of creativity which some were able to find again abroad but others were not. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 46 minutes

CUBA: THE FORTY YEARS WAR

Description: This documentary follows two Cuban exiles, Bay of Pigs invasion veterans, upon their return to their native island. As attendees of a conference discussing the invasion, they interact and attempt to reconcile the past with former battlefield adversaries, including Fidel Castro. Narrated by Martin Sheen.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 52 minutes

CUBAN ART: ARCHIPELAGO OF DREAMS

Description: This short film explores the work of several Cuban artists who collaborate with Vígia Press, a unique publishing house in Matanzas which makes beautifully crafted books by hand. The interviewed artists discuss their imaginative modes of contemplating what constitutes a book or text, and the ways in which they blur the boundaries between artistic and literary expression. This film was produced in conjunction with the exhibit Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints, an exhibit organized at Wake Forest University that featured 120 pieces of Cuban art, including several of the handmade books mentioned in the film. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 18 minutes

CUBAN EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILMS

Description: This is a collection of five short experimental videos made by Cuban directors. Here is a brief description of each film: DeMoler (12 min) is a short documentary directed by Angel González about a small sugar mill and its meaning to its workers; Horizontes (3 min) is a silent animated film directed by Yemelí Cruz Revero and Adanoe Lima Cruz; 25 KM (19 min) is a film directed by Jeffery Puento that follows the journey of two Cuban women on their way to church; Freddy o el Sueño de Noel (7 min) is an experimental film directed by Waldo Ramirez that shows short clips of men fishing; Todo Por Ella (20 min), directed by Pavel Giroud, tells the story of a 19 year old male who is caught up in the world of sex, drugs, and debts. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 62 minutes

CUBAN-AMERICANS, THE

Description: An exploration of the experience of Cubans living in the United States, focusing especially on the nature of the community since 1959. The film avoids explicit discussions of politics and instead focuses on the maintenance of community, culture and identity among Cubans now living in the United Staes. Through interviews with numerous celebrities, the film explores the experience of leaving Cuba and subsequent exile in the United States, that challenges of building lives as newly arrived immigrants in the United States, and the cultural forms that served as vehicles for the preservation of Cuban identity. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

DANZA DEL ESPEJO, LA (MIRROR DANCE)

Description: Identical Twins, Margarita and Ramona de Saá, grew up to become acclaimed ballerinas with the National Ballet of Cuba. Once inseparable, their relationship deteriorated as one sister left for America and the other embraced the Cuban Revolution. Mirror Dance is the story of two women forever linked by birth and dance but struggling to overcome a deep rift between sisters and nations alike. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 54 minutes

 

DE CIERTA MANERA

Description: A fascinating cinematic mix of documentary and fiction, Gómez (who died just before completing work on the film) looks at the marginal neighborhoods of Havana shortly after the triumph of the 1959 Revolution. With Mario Balmaseda and Yolanda Cuellar. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 79 minutes

DÍAS DEL AGUA, LOS

Description: A provocative artistic film about a Cuban woman, Antoñica, possessed by a deity, or orisha. Set in Pinar del Río in 1936, first the local clergy and doctors conspire to remove her and her followers. A politician comes to their defense to project himself into power, only to call in the army later. Please note that this film is not subtitled. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 109 minutes

ELPIDIO VALDES CONTRA DOLAR Y CAÑON

Description: Elpidio Valdés is an animated film which deals with the risky mission of bringing from Tampa, Florida, a shipment of arms for the freedom fighters of the Ejército Libertador. With Captain María Silva, his horse Palmiche, and his compatriots of the Partido Revolucionario Cubano, they confront their enemies, the Spanish colonialists and the Yankees.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

ESTUDIOS DE ANIMACION ICAIC

Description: Compilation of short animated films not meant for younger audience because of their political propaganda upholding socialist ideals. These films were produced for the Cuban government to educate people on the values of the Revolution and/or to educate on certain governmental programs such as agricultural reform. Directors include Jesus de Armas, Harry Reade, Luis Rogelio Rodriguez, Hernan Henriquez, Juan Padrón, Mario Rivas, Tulio Raggi, Rayner Valdés Padrón, Tony Nodarse, Nelson Serrano, Jose E. Garcia, Isis Chaviano, and Johanhn Ramírez. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 85 minutes

FABRI-K, LA

Description: Two of Cuba’s leading hip-hop groups, Obsesion and Doble Filo, have formed the collective La Fabri_K to showcase their art. This film follows the artists from their homes in Havana through their eye-opening concert tour in the United States, exploring the conflicts they confront along the way. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 62

FIDEL (1968)

Description: This documentary is a personal profile of Fidel Castro and a view of the developments since the revolution 10 years before. There are a lot of images of Fidel: listening to complaints, arguing, laughing, and philosophizing. There is beautiful footage of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and of Fidel and Che Guevara in the mountains. Also there are interviews with political prisoners. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 96 minutes

FIDEL (2001)

Description: This film is an intimate portrait of the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Filmmaker Estela Bravo presents rare interviews with Castro and footage of him swimming with bodyguards, visiting his childhood home and school, and trading jokes with his friend Nelson Mandela. It introduces a positive portrayal of Castro rarely shown in the US media. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 91 minutes

FLIGHT OF PEDRO PAN, THE

Description: Experience the heartache and uncertainty of the 1960s flight of more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children to the United States. The children of Operation Pedro Pan share their personal stories of the sacrifice, survival, broken hearts and new beginnings through interviews and archival footage. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

FLORES DE OTRO MUNDO

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FOTO QUE RECORRE EL MUNDO, UNA (THE PHOTO THAT WENT AROUND THE WORLD)

Description: A single, iconic image of Ernesto “Che” Guevara has been remembered, revered and reproduced over the years. In this documentary, photographer Alberto Korda recounts his feelings at the moment he snapped the world famous photo. A fast-paced collage of images follows, showing how this photo was used internationally as a symbol of inspiration in liberation and human rights struggles. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 15 minutes

FRESA Y CHOCOLATE

Description: This award-winning film raises issues of tolerance and diversity by presenting sexual, artistic, and ultimately political struggles in Cuba through the story of several individuals. Through the touching relationship of a middle-aged gay artist and a young idealistic student, Alea portrays many of the current debates and ideologies impacting the lives of Cubans. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 112 minutes

GAY CUBA

Description: The treatment of gays and lesbians in Cuba after the Revolution has been a topic of great controversy. This film depicts, through personal experiences, the conflicts arising in this marginalized sector of Cuban society. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 57 minutes

GREENER GRASS: CUBA, BASEBALL, AND THE UNITED STATES

Description: While unfolding the story of the Cuba vs. the Baltimore Orioles games, this documentary develops a narrative of the history of baseball as an element of Cuban national identity, and the impact the sport has had on both the United States and Cuban relations. Especially interesting is the story of African Americans playing for Cuban teams, and both white and black Cubans playing in the early American Negro Leagues when baseball was segregated in the United States Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 minutes

GUANTANAMERA

Description: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s last film before his death, Guantanamera is a romantic, fluid road-trip movie set in contemporary Cuba amid economic crisis and crumbling infrastructure. In a tribute to the resilient spirit of Cubans in trying circumstances, and a sly critique of the regime, Alea masterfully weaves in tributes to Death of a Bureaucrat and other works. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 104 minutes

GUEVARA: ANATOMIA DE UN MITO

Description: This film presents a revisionist view of the life Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Various interviews with former comrades of Guevara present a portrait of the man that is a stark contrast to the official mythology of Che’s historical role in the revolution. Their stories present a cruel, vindictive side of Che’s personality responsible for a number of botched revolutionary ventures, including the campaign in Bolivia that led to his death. Far from the selfless hero of official Cuban history, viewers are presented with a cowardly, incompetent ideologue whose disregard for the views of others led to his downfall. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 71 minutes

HABANA BLUES (HAVANA BLUES)

Description: Cuba is a land of music and consequently a land of musicians. Habana Blues is full of lots of extraordinary music, but what makes it so special is the way Zambrano details the lives of the protagonists and the choices they are forced to make regarding their music, their families and their country. Cannes Festival Official Selection, 2005. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 115 minutes

HAIL UMBANDA

Type: Documentary, Year: 2008, Director: Jose Araujo, Country: Brazil, Format: DVD, Language: English, Subtitles: None

HASTA LA REINA ISABEL BAILA EL DANZON

Type: Documentary, Year: 1990, Director: Felipe Bernaza, Country: Cuba, Format: DVD-R, Language: Spanish, Subtitles: English

HAVANA NAGILA: THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN CUBA

Description: This documentary traces the history and presence of the Jewish community in Cuba. It explores the impact of the 1959 Revolution on the five percent of the original community, the community’s recent resurgence, and the international issues that affect its future. Rich in footage of Cuba, archival material and interviews, this film depicts an important history of Jewish immigration, with a focus on the particular experience of Cuban Jews. Edited by Vicente Franco and narrated by Isabel Alegría. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 57 minutes

HAVANA TODAY: IMPRESSIONS OF A CITY

Type: Documentary, Year: 2001, Director: Cecilia Ricciarelli and Diego Malquori, Country: Cuba, Format: DVD-R, Language: Spanish, Subtitles: English

HELLO HEMINGWAY

Description: Set in pre-revolutionary Cuba (late 1950s), this winner of the 1990 Grand Coral Prize in Havana deals with the inner conflicts of a young girl’s coming of age, her identification with a Hemingway she never meets, and a society she finds confining. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

HISTORIAS DE LA REVOLUCION

Description: Documentary including three dramatic stories about the insurrection struggle in Cuba during the 50’s. The saga of young people, who lived, loved and fought with the hopes of a better future. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 81 minutes

HOMBRE DE EXITO, UN

Description: With César Evora, Jorge Trinchet, and Daisy Granados. A young ambitious man begins climbing the social and political ladder in Cuba in the 1930s. After the fall of Machado in 1933, his political career takes off, his ethics and scruples continue to decline, and his connections to family and friends deteriorate. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 106 minutes

HOTEL CUBA

Description: A documentary about the Cuban-Jewish community in South Florida, with interviews from both Cuban-Jewish and Non-Jewish members of the community. Robert Levine began the documentary after realizing the effects of the generation gap between Cuban-Jewish teenagers and their parents and grandparents, who were originally from Cuba. Robert Levine, joined with Mark D. Szuchman, a colleague at Florida International University, began to record their interviews with the community members to reflect the views of the community members. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 27 minutes

INTERMEZZO

Description: In a men’s bathroom a discussion takes place. One member of a committee votes against a presidential proposal, and suddenly becomes the hero of the democratic process. What seems to him to be a perfectly reasonable and ordinary act strikes others as a courageous and noteworthy gesture, raising questions about the true nature of popular political participation. He ultimately finds himself in an awkward position with respect to the reality he lives in. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 11 minutes

JOVENES REBELDES

Description: This film examines the now vibrant hip-hop community that has emerged in Cuba since the onset of the special period, interviewing numerous artists and getting their perspectives on a number of issues, including racism, issues of censorship, economic conditions, gender and sexuality, and relations with the United States. In many ways the Cuban hip-hop scene evokes memories of the culture when it first emerged in the United States in terms of its grassroots character as a form of expression for marginalized youth. Rappers comment on the significance the genre has as a form of cultural expression and social commentary, as well as the danger of Cuban hip-hop progressing down the same path of commercialization that has become so prominent in the United States. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 70 minutes

KID CHOCOLATE

Description: Cuban boxing legend Kid Chocolate was the first Cuban to win a world boxing title, and is still considered by many as the best Cuban boxer ever. In this documentary produced by the Cuban film institute ICAIC, Chocolate recounts tales of his boxing career and experiences as a celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 19 minutes

LAST REVOLUTIONARY, THE

Description: CBS Reports with Dan Rather presents a biography of Fidel Castro. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 minutes

LEGACY: CENTRAL AMERICA

Type: Documentary, Year: 1992, Country: Latin America, Format: DVD-R, Language: English, Subtitles: None

LEJANIA

Description: A dramatic and sensitive analysis of the lejanía, the distance or separation among members of the same family, created by the Cuban revolution. A Cuban mother, now living in Miami, returns to visit her son whom she abandoned 10 years earlier. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

LISTA DE ESPERA

Description: A diverse group of Cubans finds itself stuck at a remote bus station. Their shared situation brings them together such that they transform the bus station into a kind of socialist utopia, and when they can finally leave, they don’t want to. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 106 minutes

LUCIA

Description: A classic of Cuban cinema, which looks at the lives of three women, an upper class Lucía in the 1890s, a middle class Lucía in the 1930s, and a working class Lucía in the 1960s. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 160 minutes

LUMINOUS SHADOWS: THE ARTISTS OF EASTERN CUBA

Description: Breaking new ground in the world of Cuban art, this is the first documentary to focus exclusively on the art and artists from Cuba’s easternmost region: Oriente. This film takes the viewer on an insightful journey where one will be introduced to Eastern Cuba’s most highly acclaimed painters in this culturally rich region by way of studio visits and interviews as well as excursions into the countryside. A unique and delightful brand of Cuban humor often permeates the content and adds to the emotional and intellectual impact of the story. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 43 minutes

MADAGASCAR

Description: Nominated for best film award and recipient of the Special Jury’s Prize in Havana’s 1994 film festival, this movie tells the story of a Havana University Physics Professor’s torturous relationship with her daughter during the special Period in Cuba. Based on the 1984 short story by Mirta Yáñez "Beatles Contra Duran Duran," the film marks a departure from director Fernando Pérez previous style of documentary-like realism and evokes a hypnotic trance-like feel as it presents generational conflict and the adolescent search for identity as metaphoric representations of post-revolutionary Cuban society. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 58 minutes

MANUELA

Description: Manuela is the story of a mulato guajira (peasant woman) who is transformed into a revolutionary guerrilla fighter. With little dialogue and the use of hand held cameras Solas manages to convey the message and engage the viewer emotionally. A collaboration with cinematographer Jorge Herrera. Por Primera Vez is a documentary in which the crews of ICAIC’s Moving Cinema visit “Los Mulos,” in the mountains of Baracoa. There, they observe and interact with the peasants of the area who are seeing film for the first time. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 41 minutes

BUTTERFLIES ON THE SCAFFOLD (MARIPOSAS EN EL ANDAMIO)

Description: A rare view of what day-to-day life is like for the gay and drag community in modern Cuba. This award-winning documentary is the first since the 1959 revolution to examine the issues gays and transvestites face in the context of evolving attitudes towards homosexuality in Cuba, where people are judged first on what they achieve for their country. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 74 minutes

MAS VAMPIROS EN LA HABANA

Description: In this animated film, a sequel to the original Vampiros en la Habana, multiple scientific discoveries are made that allow vampires to go out into the sun. Many people want control of the substance, and are willing to fight for it. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 87 minutes

MIAMI-HAVANA

Description: This documentary depicts the story of the two Cuban worlds of Miami and Havana, and the social, cultural, and political processes that have created this divide since 1959. It provides many touching moments that portray the difficulties of this fragmentation, as well as the ideological struggles in both communities. An excellent point of departure for considering the Cuban Revolution, migration and communities of exile. Produced by the Institute for Policy Studies, USA Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 52 minutes

MIEL PARA OCHUN

Description: Taken from Cuba as a child by his father, Roberto returns to the island 32 years later in search of his mother. He soon finds his American customs in conflict with those of his birthplace. Also, he discovers new revelations about his family history: though told his mother had abandoned him, Roberto learns from his cousin Pilar that his wealthy father had kidnapped him when fleeing the Revolution- leaving behind his poor black mother. Roberto, Pilar, and a driver named Antonio then take up a journey through Cuba to track her down, only to make more shocking discoveries along the way. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 123 minutes

MUERTE DE UN BUROCRATA

Description: The story of a young man’s attempt to fight the system is an entertaining, hilarious account of galloping bureaucracy and the tyranny of red tape.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 87 minutes

MUJERES CUBANAS: MARCADAS POR EL PARAISO

Description: They were the women a man would silence. Robbed of their dignity and hope, they became his anonymous victims. Political prisoners, wives, mothers, writers, artists, children, lost at sea…Forgotten over and over. Once deprived of their voices, they now speak.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

MY FOOTSTEPS IN BARAGUA

Description: On the history in Cuba of an extensive West Indian community (consisting of people from Jamaica, Barbados, & many others)

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 53 minutes

NA-NA

Description: The charming story of the brief meeting of two children from opposite socioeconomic status. One is a girl from the countryside, the other, a boy from the city on his way to the United States.

Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 17 minutes

OGGUN, AN EXTERNAL PRESENCE

Description: In Oggun, Gloria Rolando relates the mythical story of the Yoruba god Oggun, the tireless warrior who, enamored of his mother, decided as punishment to imprison himself in the mountains: Only Ochun, goddess of love, succeeded in captivating him when she let fall a few drops of honey on the lips of the god of metal, war, progress, and civilization. This documentary includes chants, dances, a “tambor” (Yoruba religious ceremony with the bata drums), and the experiences of Lázaro Ros, a legendary Akpwon, or lead singer in the Yoruba tradition, who not only made his the beauty of the African chants, but had the opportunity to sing them in trips throughout the world.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 55 minutes

OTRO FRANCISCO, EL

Description: An impassioned exploration of the roots of black rebellion in nineteenth-century Cuba, based on a famous Cuban anti-slavery novel of the period. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 98 minutes

PAJAROS TIRANDOLE LA ESCOPETA, LOS

Description: A humorous portrayal of romance, this light comedy presents a typical young Cuban couple, sexually liberated, who nonetheless cannot cope with the affair between his mother and her father. A commentary of the generation gap and machismo. Copies:  2 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

PAPELES SECUNDARIOS

Description: Awarded best film in 1990 at the New York Festival Latino. A theater group in crisis is the setting for this story. Its aging actors, on stage as in life, confront their fears and failures. The story takes a new twist when a group of young actors join the group, unleashing a chain of unexpected events. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 110 minutes

PLAFF!

Description: This comedic film gives us a nonconformist view about everything. The heroine (Daisy Granados, in the role of a lifetime) is constantly attacked by a mysterious hand that throws eggs at her house. Limited by her prejudices and fears and incapable of finding a way out of her internal conflicts, she comes to a tragic and unexpected end. Tabío also shows and criticizes real characters and situations of contemporary Cuban society. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 98 minutes