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

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
Comments: Possibly something wrong with the DVD and/or the VHS original.
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Copy: 1   Format: DVD-R   Language: English and Spanish   Subtitles: English and Spanish   Length: 57 Minutes   Copy ID: 658   Comments: Bad copy, a few seconds of tv recorded over the original VHS.   Source: MVP   Price: 10   Acquired: 2/4/2008
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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
Copy: m   Format: DVD   Language: SPANISH   Subtitles: English   Length: 26 MINUTES   Copy ID: 1408   Comments: master copy for classroom use only   Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999

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
Comments:
Created: 4/4/2011
Copy: 1   Format: DVD   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: English   Length:    Copy ID: 1384   Comments:    Source:    Price: 0   Acquired: 9/9/9999
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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
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

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
Comments:
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
Comments:
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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

JOSÉ MARTÍ: EYE OF THE CANARY (JOSÉ MARTÍ: EL OJO DEL CANARIO)

 

Description: This new feature-length film by Cuba’s most recognized filmmaker, Fernando Pérez, won the most collateral awards at the 32nd International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The film focuses on the childhood and adolescence of Cuba’s nineteenth-century hero José Martí, covering the years he lived in Cuba before being sent into exile for political sedition at the age of seventeen. The film has already obtained two awards at the Ibero-American Festival in Huelva, Spain. It has received top awards on the island and was named the best movie of 2010.

Copies: 1 (DVD); 1 (DVD+R)

Length: 115 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN VISA

Description: Based on the best-selling novel by Juan De Recacoechea, about a Bolivian high school teacher who is trying to gain entry into the United States to reunite with his son in Miami. Along the way he falls for a beautiful prostitute, while his passion for detective novels encourages him to turn to crime and cross paths with corruption.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 90 minutes

ARGENTINA: GROWTH OR DISAPPEARANCE

Description: This documentary discusses Argentina’s current economic crisis by focusing on the effects of neoliberal economic policies implemented in the early 1990s. Subjects such as the “corralito”, pesification, devaluation, piqueteros, neighborhood associations, mass movements, occupied factories, and the effects of the crisis on education, and heath care are all covered in this thorough look at present-day Argentina.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 55 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

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

BANANA SPLIT

Description: A Documentary that delves into the history of the banana. The film starts by explaining the globalization of the banana and its effects on the economy of Honduras. It shows the viewer the hardships and difficulties faced by the common banana workers and their relationship with the fruit corporations.

Copies: 3 (DVD)

Length: 46 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

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

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

CAMINO A LA ESCUELA (WALKING TO SCHOOL)

Description: Camino a la Escuela shows the journey of six kids and a teacher to the education center in the one of Peru’s most highest and iciest points.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 17 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

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

CHAVEZ, VENEZUELA & THE NEW LATIN AMERICA

Description: In 2004, Aleida Guevara conducted an exclusive interview with Hugo Chavez, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, exploring Venezuela’s explosive revolutionary terrain post-April 2002 – when Chavez survived a coup attempt instigated by the United States. Featuring an interview with Jorge Garcia Carneiro, head of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, and with Venezuelans involved in the country’s many social programs, this film affords a rare opportunity to glimpse through the blockade of information imposed by the United States and into a country rich with hope, dreams and…oil. Chávez, Venezuela and the New Latin America" provides a unique insight into the changing political atmosphere in Latin America.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 60 minutes

CHOCOLATE: PATHWAY TO THE GODS

Description: Our universal passion for chocolate goes back over 3,000 years. This documentary explores the history of this divine substance through artifacts, ritual, and obsession; and takes the viewer on a journey from ancient Mesoamerica to Europe’s finest chocolate houses. It is the first documentary of a series focusing on four ritual foods of the Americas: chocolate, tequila, corn and potatoes.  Produced by Archeo Productions.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

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

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)

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

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

CORONACION (CORONATION)

Description: A beautifully photographed and haunting tale of obsession and repressed desire played out against the backdrop of a decaying mansion in Santiago. Glum, middle-aged bachelor Don Andres hires Estela, a 17-year old country girl, to care for his wealthy and abusive grandmother. He grows increasingly obsessed with her, blinding himself to the threats around him and his own mental breakdown. Based on the novel by Jose Donoso.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 140 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

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

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

 

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: SAN FRANCISCO (DIA DE LOS MUERTOS)

Description: This film captures the beauty and richness of San Francisco’s annual Day of the Dead celebration. Enjoy scenes from this cross-cultural Mexican tradition that honors ancestors and families. People of all ages celebrate with a festival of marvelous costumes, reflective altars, live music and a neighborhood procession, all while exploring the relationship between the living and the dead. View all these aspects of the Dia de los Muertos holiday along with interviews with artists and participants. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 14 minutes

DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN, A (2004)

Description: The California Dream suddenly becomes a hilarious nightmare when the entire Latin American population of the Golden State vanishes. For most “the disappearance” forces the cracks in their private lives wide open, including news reporter Lila Rodriguez, the state’s last remaining Hispanic, and senator Steven Abercrombie III, who becomes governor pro tem despite his anti-immigrant stance. Confusion, misunderstandings and humorous situations abound, making this film a comedic satire and a modern fable with a very current message. This is the full-length feature film based on the 1997 short film of the same name. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 98 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

DEVIL’S MINER, THE

Description: This film is a portrait of two brothers who work deep in the silver mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia. Raised without a father and living on the slopes of the mine, 14-year-old Basilio and his 12-year-old brother must work to support their family and afford supplies vital to their education Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 82 minutes

DIA QUE ME QUIERAS, EL (THE DAY YOU’LL LOVE ME)

Description: El Día que Me Quieras is a meditation on the last picture taken of Che Guevara, as he lay dead on a table surrounded by his captors. Freddy Alborta, the photographer of the famous image, gives an interview as part of this documentary investigation of the power of photography. The film provokes a sense of loss and mourning, grounded, however, in Che’s placement in the context of Latin American intellectual life. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 30 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

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

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

FESTIVAL OF MAMACHA GRANDE, THE

Description: Every year on July 16th the town of Paucartambo celebrates the festival of the Virgen del Carmen, Mamacha Carmen. According to tradition, the beauty of this festival arises from the competition between it and the Virgen del Rosario, the former celebrated by mestizos and the latter by Indians. Dance groups provide ways for the inhabitants of the town to identify themselves as individuals, as well as relate with one another as a single mestizo identity. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 34 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

GUERRA DEL CERDO

Description: The generation gap is taken to the extreme by a group of young people. They have decided to exterminate all senior citizens. Isidro Vidal, the protagonist, is a middle-age man thrown in the midst of this absurd and merciless war. Ultimately, the love of a woman shows him that happiness is possible only for those who show the courage to live fully to the end of their days. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

GUERRA GAUCHA, LA

Description: After Argentina declared its independence from Spain in the mid-19th century, Spain fought back by sending its armada across the Atlantic to crush the revolution. To repulse the Spanish, a guerrilla movement sprang up among the gauchos, led by Martín Güemes. This legendary moment in Argentinian history was captured on an epic scale. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 92 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MACHUCA

Description: Set in 1973, in Santiago, Chile, Machuca is a poignant coming-of-age film, drawn from the filmmaker’s childhood. Two boys from different economic backgrounds become great friends, while the conflicts on the streets lead Chile to the bloody and repressive military coup, changing forever their lives, their relationship and their country. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 115 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

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

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

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

MEMORIAS DEL SUBDESAROLLO

Description: Set in the early 1960s, the film centers on the Europeanized Cuban intellectual, too idealistic (or lazy) to leave Miami, but too decadent to fit into the new Cuban society. This is both a critique of Revolutionary society and a critique of that critique. It is also the first film from post-revolutionary Cuba to be released in the U.S. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 97 minutes

MISSING

Description: John Shea, Sissy Spacek, Jack Lemmon. A young American journalist mysteriously disappears during the violent 1973 military coup in Chile. When his wife and father attempt to find him, they are confronted with a deeply disturbing political reality relating to their own country and the country they are investigating. A 1982 Cannes Film Festival winner. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 122 minutes

MONTANA DE LUZ

Description: On a Honduran mountainside overlooking vast fields of sugar cane, a six-year-old boy named Marlon dreams of becoming an artist. Twelve-year-old Inri dreams of attending university. Little Yorleni simply dreams of having a family. Meet the children of the Montaña de Luz orphanage, their lives a living testament to the beauty and innocence of childhood in the face of adversity beyond their years. With artistry and honesty, the camera paints a stirring portrait of a loving community where nothing is truly certain but hope and where each birthday is a celebration of dreams fulfilled and dreams to come.

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

NADIES, LOS

Description: This documentary deals with the development of the life of a group of children living in the street. It reflects diverse individual and group stories revealing the codes that exist between them. The film was shot with two cameras, one of them used by the children and the other by the directors.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 50 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

NUEBA YOL

Description: In this comedy, a Dominican widower, Balbuena (Luisito Martí), decides to leave the economic strictures of island life behind for the streets-are-paved-with-gold promise of the Big Apple.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 104 minutes

NUEBA YOL 3

Description: In this comically-numbered sequel, Balbuena (Luisito Martí) returns to New York, where he must marry an American citizen to remain in the country legally.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 117 minutes

ORIANA

Description: Feature film by Fina Torres, director of the international hit Celestial Clockwork, and winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. An important historical milestone in Latin American cinema, Oriana is a film about Maria, a young woman who returns to the home of her aunt Oriana in the Venezuelan jungle, where she spent summers as a child. Oriana has passed away and willed the house to Maria. When Maria returns to prepare the house for sale, she is struck by various memories of her time there as a child, memories that gradually lead her to discover a secret that had been kept for decades. Copies: 1( DVD) Length: 88 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

PANAMA DECEPTION

Description: Banned in Panama and labeled “subversive” in the United States, The Panama Deception gives an account of the events of 1989, when 26,000 U.S. government troops invaded the country searching for one man, Manuel Noriega. Made by a group of independent filmmakers, the film documents the atrocities that the official story omits. Includes follow-up interviews with the film’s creators, and several bonus features concerning Panama, Latin America, and Iraq. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 91 minutes

PAPERS: STORIES OF UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH

Description: There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. This documentary explores the situation of young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and yet risk deportation to countries they may not even remember. 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

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

POWER OF THE COMMUNITY: HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL

Description: With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990 Cuba lost half of its oil imports and survived. The economy shifted from large farms or plantations and reliance on fossil-fuel-based pesticides and fertilizers, to small organic farms and urban gardens, converting Cuba from a highly industrial society to a sustainable one. This documentary shows Cuba’s success in this transition and is aimed at giving hope to a developed world hooked on oil and to lift American’s prejudice against Cuba by showing the Cuban people as they are. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 53 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

RETRATO DE TERESA

Description: Shot in fluid vérité style, the film focuses on the stubborn survival of deeply-ingrained traditions of machismo and sexism in post-revolutionary society. Teresa is a housewife and mother whose involvement in political and cultural groups incurs the displeasure of her husband. This film is most appropriate for university students and adults, but may also be used in high school classroom settings. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 120 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

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

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

ROMERO

Description: Incisive, quietly powerful drama chronicling the last three years of the life of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador. The focus is on the way in which he became an outspoken defender of human rights and was eventually assassinated. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 102 minutes

ROOTS OF RHYTHM

Description: This is a joyous and colorful three-part musical odyssey that follows the powerful flow of Afro-Cuban music from its origin five centuries ago in Africa and Spain to the contemporary sound of such exciting popular artists as Gloria Estefan, Ruben Blades, and jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie. Program one traces the African and Spanish roots, Program 2 traces the cultural blending in the Caribbean, and Program 3 traces its popularity in the United States and eventually through the world. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 58 minutes each part

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:

SELENA

Description: The story of the legendary Tejana singer, Selena, who was tragically murdered by the president of her fan club. Jennifer López and Edward James Olmos star in this movie about he talents, triumphs, and tragedies of the Quintanilla family. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 127 minutes

SILENCIO DE NETO, EL (THE SILENCE OF NETO)

Description: The first Guatemalan feature film. Neto is the eleven year old son of a Guatemalan official in the mid-fifties, during a period of turmoil when the elected government was threatened by a U.S. backed invasion. While political unrest forms a tense background, Neto – with only a child’s understanding of the adult world – tries to enjoy his youth anyway. He naturally gravitiates toward his flamboyant, irresponsible uncle more than his plodding, earnest father. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 106 minutes

SOY CUBA (I AM CUBA)

Description: A visually stunning film that was made in Cuba between 1961 and 1964 by the acclaimed Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov (The Cranes Are Flying). The camera work is amazing in this propaganda epic that portrays four vignettes of Cuba in the period immediately prior to the 1959 Revolution. The film is a rivetingly beautiful examination of the social and economic conditions in Cuba during the Batista era. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 141 minutes

TAKE, THE

Description: In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act – the take – has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale. With The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada’s most outspoken journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 87 minutes

TANGO

Description: One of the most purely joyful pieces of cinema in year. A tango dancer falls in love with his beautiful partner and clashes with her gangster boyfriend. Using a variety of tempos, pairings, and rhythms, the many breathtaking tango numbers illustrate the complexity and depth of the dancers’ emotions as well as the tango’s lush appeal.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 115 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

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

TREN BLANCO, EL (THE WHITE TRAIN)

Description: Every night a special white train makes its way from the Tucumán province to Buenos Aires. Its passengers are an alternative army of workers who make ends meet by collecting paper and cardboard. The directors observe their engaging protagonists busily going about their work to try to make a living in a country wrecked by financial chaos and economic instability.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

TROPICAL, LA

Description: This black and white documentary travels to La Tropical, a Cuban dance club just outside of Havana, where dance, passion and music take precedence over the politics of the nation.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 93 minutes

TUNE IN TOMORROW

Description: Based on the Peru-based novel “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter” by Mario Vargas Llosa. When radio reporter Martin (Keanu Reeves) falls for his sexy aunt Julia (Barbara Hershey), the station’s zany soap opera writer Pedro (Peter Falk) decides to play cupid – and broadcast the details! Courtship soon turns to chaos with Martin’s love life in the shambles, Julia in disgrace and irate listeners rioting in the streets. Everyone will have to tune in tomorrow… to discover how it all turns out.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 108 minutes

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

VALS DE LA HABANA VIEJA

Description: A critical comedy of the pain and frustration encountered by a mother of a low income family when she attempts to throw a costly party for her daughter’s fifteenth birthday. The father’s objections (he sees such celebrations as antiquated and petit bourgeoisie) highlight the contradictions of family and social relations in modern day Cuba.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 84 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

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

VIDA ES SILBAR, LA

Description: An absurd, slyly critical film in which Bebe takes us on a taxi ride through Havana on the day of Santa Bárbara/Chango. Set to the music of Bola de Nieve and Benny Moré, the characters of Mariana, a ballerina, Julia, a middle-aged woman, and Elpido, a musician, intersect in a surreal, dazzling slice of life.

Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 106 minutes

VIVA CUBA

Description: Jorgito (age 12) and Malú (11) are neighbors, classmates and best friends. When Malú’s mother decides to marry a foreigner so she can leave Cuba Malú is deeply upset and hopes to reach her father before he signs an agreement allowing her to emigrate. She runs away from her home with Jorgito, her traveling companion. Thus begins their adventure. The film was shown in the San Francisco International Film Festival, and was nominated for the 2006 Oscar.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

WHISKY

Description: This film is a look at the decline of Uruguayan middle class through the life of Jacobo, a lonely sock factory owner in Montevideo. When he hears about the impending visit of his irritatingly cheerful brother, he enlists his faithful assistant Marta to pretend to be his wife.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 94 minutes

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

YO LA PEOR DE TODAS

Description: Based on the novel by Octavio Paz, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Las trampas de la fe, deals with the life of this Mexican nun. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz remains in many ways an enigma to those who read her poetry and essays.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 101 minutes

YO SOY (I AM)

Description: Features interviews with three artists instrumental in the Chicano art movement: Juana Alicia, Jose Montoya, and Malaquias Montoya. The three describe their early influences and inspirations, and discuss their philosophies on art and life.

Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 75 minutes

ZONA AFECTADA / MOSQUITOS, EL DOCUMENTAL

Description: Two short documentaries by Asori Soto about life in Cuba. Zona Afectada,” illustrates the hard physical work involved in securing water in Havana, Cuba in order to take a bath. “Mosquitos” tells the story of how the government deals with the mosquito problem.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 8 minutes; 6 minutes

ZOOT SUIT

Description: Adapted from the 1978 stage play by the preeminent Chicano playwright Luis Valdéz, Zoot Suit is a musical drama of racism and intolerance in the culture of Los Angeles. It begins in 1942 with the death of a young Chicano (Mexican-American) which directly leads to the infamous “zoot suit riots.”

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 103 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

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

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

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

AIDS IN THE BARRIO: ESO NO ME PASA A MI (THIS ISN’T HAPPENING TO ME)

Description: This film by Francis Negrón and Peter Biella examines the impact of AIDS within Hispanic-American communities, focusing on the specific economic, social and cultural factors which influence perception of the AIDS crisis.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 29 minutes

AJAYU

Description: Death in the Aymara culture is an experience in which the mourners, the community, the souls participate together. Age-old rituals, mixed with Catholic symbols assimilated by the people, frame the story of Andres and his young daughter Leonora. Upon drowning in Lake Titikaka, they must find their way to Korimarca (the Aymara Heaven) with help from the members of the community to which they belonged.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 29 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

ALLA LEJOS Y HACE TIEMPO

 Description: A moving story about growing up in the pampas, based on the famous autobiographical novel of the same title. Through his deep friendship with an old "gaucho," a boy coming of age becomes fascinated with nature and the mysteries of the human soul.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 91 minutes

ALPACAS: AN ANDEAN GAMBLE

 Description: A documentary about the efforts to bring alpacas, indigenous animals of the Andes who were sacred in Inca culture, to a community in Northern Peru. Populations of alpacas were devastated during the Spanish conquest. The film depicts this cooperative project, which was initiated in the small Andean community and sponsored by the Interamerican Foundation.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 28 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 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

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

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

APPROACH OF DAWN

 Description: An informative and sensitive documentary that tells the story of Mayan women activists and their courageous fight for indigenous rights in Guatemala.  Featuring several outstanding women that are playing an important role in this struggle, including 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 50 minutes

ARDIENTE PACIENCIA

Description: A young man is in love with the daughter of a local bar owner in a Chilean village. The young man enlists the help of the famous poet Pablo Neruda to woo his beloved.

Copies: 2 (DVD)

Length: 76 minutes

ARMAS DE LA VIOLENCIA, LAS (THE WEAPONS OF VIOLENCE)

Description: Two decades after the devastating region-wide political violence of the 1970s and 1980s, Central America now confronts other forms of violence that have proven to be considerably destructive in their own right. These forms include organized crime, gangs, poverty and marginality, and are exacerbated by the firearms that entered the region during the years of civil war. Las Armas de la Violencia explores the dimensions, effects, costs (both human and economic,) of these new forms of violence and the responses of Central American societies to their emergence.

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

AURA, EL

 Description: Espinoza is a shy taxidermist who secretly dreams of executing the perfect robbery. On his first ever hunting trip, in the calm of the Patagonian forest, his dreams become reality when he accidentally kills a man who turns out to be a real criminal and inherits his scheme: the heist of an armored van carrying casino profits. Caught up in a world of complex new rules and frightening violence, Espinoza’s lack of experience puts him in real danger. And he has another, more dangerous liability: he is an epileptic. Before each seizure he is visited by the ”aura”: a paradoxical moment of confusion and enlightenment where the past and future seem to blend. Is a world of violence what he really wants and can he actually survive? Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 129 minutes

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

BALANDRA ISABEL LLEGO ESTA TARDE, LA

 Description: Adaptation of a story by the Venezuelan writer Guillermo Meneses. A sharp portrait of the lives of blacks, mulattoes and zambos in an urban Venezuelan scenery narrated through the story of a black prostitute in love with a sailor.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 96 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

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

BOCA DEL LOBO, LA

Description: La Boca del Lobo is fiction inspired by the Peruvian army’s November 1983 massacre of 47 men, women and children suspected of terrorism. When the news of the massacre came out, the army blamed Shining Path for the atrocities, but one eyewitness testified to the contrary. The movie portrays the moral and emotional disintegration of the members of a small army detachment sent away from any world they know to root out Shining Path missing in a remote mountain village.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 122 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

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

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)

BREAK OF DAWN

Description: Oscar Chavez, a great Mexican singer and actor is the leading actor of this story about the life of Pedro Gonzalez, the host of a radio show in 1930s Los Angeles. His life was filled with romance and music until he challenged a powerful and corrupt political system.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 100 minutes

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

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

CAMILA

Description: Based on a true story from the 1800s, the film relates the tragic story of two young lovers: Camila, from a wealthy traditional family, and a young priest. They both defy family, church, and state in order to pursue their happiness. This is Maria Luisa Bemberg’s most acclaimed film, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film.

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 108 minutes

CANDIDA ERENDIRA, LA

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

Copies: 1 (DVD)

Length: 106 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

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

CASO DE PINOCHET, EL (THE PINOCHET CASE)

Description: This film investigates the origins and development of the international legal prosecution of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. It explores how a small group of people in Madrid laid the groundwork for his arrest. After Pinochet’s arrest by Scotland Yard, the film follows the workings of the British legal system that ensued. The film also movingly incorporates the stories of many Chileans who traveled to Madrid to testify, including relatives of the “disappeared” and others who survived horrifying torture in secret prisons. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 109 minutes

CHACOTERO SENTIMENTAL, EL

Description: This film centers around a young and eccentric radio show host who has a successful program on the air. His anonymous callers tell their stories of love, entanglements, misunderstandings and passionate affairs.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 minutes

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

CHE: THE BOLIVIAN DIARY

Description: On October 9, 1967, Che Guevara was executed by the Bolivian army, aided by the CIA. Che’s diary, a detailed, personal account of his futile 11-month attempt to spark a revolution in Bolivia, is the basis of this intimate filmed portrait.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 94 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

CHILE: MEMORIA OBSTINADA (CHILE: OBSTINATE MEMORY)

Description: Chile, Obstinate Memory visits with Chileans who experienced Augusto Pinochet’s coup first-hand. Survivors reminisce as they watch Patricio Guzmán’s film The Battle of Chile, recognizing lost comrades and recalling their courage, gaiety, and love of life. Those who were not killed during the coup itself were crowded into the National Stadium in Santiago, where many were tortured, disappeared, and never seen again. Survivors talk about the terror that characterized the Pinochet regime until the dictator was finally obliged to relinquish power.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 58 minutes

CHRISTMAS IN MEXICO

Description: This film looks at the Christmas traditions of Mexico, which feature influences from both Spanish and Native American backgrounds. Intended primarily for younger audiences, with highlights of the celebrations.  Produced by the Educational Video Network

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 25 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

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

CIUDAD Y LOS PERROS, LA

Description: A story about how cadets rebelling against authority in a military academy end up forming a junta with its own hierarchy and rules. Based on the novel by Mario Vargas Llosa. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 135 minutes

CIUDAD, LA (THE CITY)

Description: Four fictional stories set in New York City, but common to many other places United States or the world. Filmed in black and white, the program depicts Latin American immigrants living in New York: day laborers paid to gather brick from an abandoned lot struggle to save one crushed when a wall collapses; a young man from Mexico meets a girl from his home village at a quinceañera, then loses her in the maze of a housing project; a homeless puppeteer dreams of a better life for his daughter, but cannot enroll her in school; a sweatshop seamstress needs money for her daughter’s medical treatment, but her employer has not paid her in more than a month. Most of the actors are nonprofessionals and are themselves struggling immigrants, bringing understanding and realism to the film Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 84 minutes

CIVILIZADORES: ALEMANES EN GUATEMALA, LOS

Description: German colonizers dominated many coffee estates in Guatemala during the early twentieth century. This documentary takes us through the old coffee baron’s plantations, and examines a new generation of entrepreneurs in key posts within the government behind anonymous company names. Maya peoples continue to contest the concentration of land, and military and police abuse. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 139 minutes

COCALERO

Description: An intimate portrait of the historic electoral campaign that made Evo Morales the first indigenous president of Bolivia. Through direct personal access to Morales, the filmmakers document his interactions with the union of Coca growers who formed his initial political base, the day-to-day management of the campaign, and attempts to educate voters about the electoral process. The film also explores connections between Morales and other leaders of the New Left in Latin America, as well as the conflicting views about his candidacy among more affluent Bolivians. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 94 minutes

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

COLUMBUS DIDN’T DISCOVER US

Description: This documentary features interviews with indigenous activists from North, South, and Central America who gathered at the First Contintental Conference of Indigenous Peoples in July of 1990. Native people speak about the impact on their cultures of the Columbus legacy, contemporary struggles over land and human rights, the importance of reviving spiritual traditions, and the need to alert the world to environmental crises.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 24 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

COSAS QUE DEJE EN LA HABANA

Description: Nena, Rosa and Ludmilla are three Cuban sisters that arrive in Madrid looking for a better life than the one they left behind in Havana. Their aunt, Maria, has lived in Spain for many years and has a business in which she intents to exploit her nieces for a roof to live in. A whole world of conflicts, deceits and comical situations face them, soon realizing that Madrid is not the paradise they intended to find.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 100 minutes

COUPLE IN THE CAGE

Description: This film documents the traveling performance of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco, in which they exhibit themselves as caged Amerindians from an imaginary island, providing a vivid and provocative interpretation of cultural encounters.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 30 minutes

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

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

CRUDE

Description: One of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 104 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: 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

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 ROOTS / BRONX STORIES

Description: This documentary traces the tangled paths and multifaceted identity of a black Cuban family in the Bronx. Both working-class and professional, black and Latino, foreign and native, Spanish-speaking and English-speaking, the family is shown in the constant process of negotiating its identity. On their arrival in Miami, the family immediately encountered racial segregation, and they were forced to choose their identity: “Are you black or Spanish?” The film explores the various experiences that each family member had in dealing with the realities of life as black Cuban-Americans in the Bronx. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 56 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

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

CUESTION DE FE, UNA

Description: In this lively road picture, three friends are contracted by a notorious gangster to create a carved statue depicting the Virgin Mary for a religious celebration in Bolivia. Domingo is the one commissioned to carve the life-size figure. After carving it, Joaquin, a gambler manages to procure a truck to transport it. They are also joined by Domingo’s only friend Pepelucho. Loading the statue upright in the truck they set off on an incredible adventure. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 86 minutes

DANCE OF HOPE

Description: To call attention to the absence of their loved ones, "disappeared" during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, Chilean women perform the cueca, Chile’s national dance of passion and courtship, poignantly and without partners. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 100 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 ESO NO SE HABLA

Description: Marcello Mastroianni stars in this film by the late Maria Luisa Bemberg, one of Latin America’s greatest directors. Mastroianni plays Ludovico, a sophisticated world traveler who retires to a small town and is drawn to the most intelligent woman in the village, a dwarf who has been sheltered by her overprotective mother. A charming fable about love and the intrusion of society. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 102 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

 

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

Description: A powerful psychological thriller about one woman’s struggle to heal from the effects of torture. Fifteen years after being tortured and imprisoned by a sadistic doctor, Paulina Escobar, played by Sigourney Weaver, faces a man who may have been her torturer. This film reflects the realities of political repression that occurred in Chile during the Pinochet regime. A Roman Polanski film based on the play by Ariel Dorfman. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 103 minutes

DEDOS DE LUNA

Description:

Through a poetic combination of words and paintings, Dedos De Luna tells the story of Toño and his grandfather, Don Gregorio. They enjoy making masks together, until Don Gregorio dies after making his last mask. Toño must come to terms with the death and decide whether to carry on the tradition of mask making. This is an instructional video that is intended to be paired with the rest of the Dedos De Luna unit.

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

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

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

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

DIOS LOS CRIA

Description: Five stories about the contradictions and ironies of human conduct, combining satire, tragi-comedy and unexpected conclusions. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 126 minutes

DRUG WARS: FRONTLINE DOCUMENTARY (PART I)

Description: Despite America’s 30-year war on drugs, the use of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana remains essentially unchanged. This two-part documentary presents a television history of America’s war on drugs from both sides of the battlefield. The first episode examines the impact of crack cocaine on our city streets and our criminal justice system. The report also investigates Mexico’s role in supplying drugs for American demand. The second episode recounts the origins of the drug campaign, from the Nixon administration’s drug control efforts to the rapid rise and fall of the Colombian drug cartels. PBS documentary from Frontline. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 120 minutes

DRUG WARS: FRONTLINE DOCUMENTARY (PART II)

Description: Despite America’s 30-year war on drugs, the use of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana remains essentially unchanged. This two-part documentary presents a television history of America’s war on drugs from both sides of the battlefield. The first episode examines the impact of crack cocaine on our city streets and our criminal justice system. The report also investigates Mexico’s role in supplying drugs for American demand. The second episode recounts the origins of the drug campaign, from the Nixon administration’s drug control efforts to the rapid rise and fall of the Colombian drug cartels. PBS documentary from Frontline. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 120 minutes

EDGE WALKER: A CONVERSATION WITH LINDA SCHELE

Description: Documentary tribute to the late Linda Schele, among the leading scholars of Maya civilization, who in January 1998 gave a long, filmed interview in which she talks freely and frankly in her own inimitable style about her life, work, and philosophy. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 50 minutes

EL

Description: The psychological study of a man who pursues and marries a young woman only to become obsessed with insane jealously over her supposed infidelity. As in other Buñuel films, beneath the calm and predictable world presented is the surreal logic of a dream which becomes a nightmare. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 88 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

EL SALVADOR: NOT FOR SALE (EL SALVADOR NO SE VENDE)

Description: A portrait of a country under assault from Washington and the World Bank. This documentary shows the impact of structural adjustment, privatization and the global sweatshop economy on the people of El Salvador. It also explores the posible alternatives through interviews with activists in the women’s movement, labor leaders and the FMLN. Historical footage takes you from the start of the civil war in 1980 to the economic war of the ’90s, including new and inspiring images of strikers inside a Free Trade Zone.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 30 minutes

ELLAS HACEN HISTORIA

Description: This film documents the women’s movement in Ecuador and women’s increased importance in the community and the economy in which they live. This film explores how women’s roles have increased by forming organizations and by obtaining jobs previously only open to men such as teaching and medicine.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 20 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

ELVIA: THE FIGHT FOR LAND AND LIBERTY

Description: This powerful and personal documentary tells the story of Elvia Alvarado, a peasant woman who has been struggling for years to enforce an agrarian reform law that has been in the books since 1972. The video provides historical background about the need for agrarian reform in Honduras, explaining the dependence on export crops, the powerful military, and control by U. S. aid. It also gives a perspective on other social issues in the country. Copies: 1 Length: 27 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

ESCUELA, LA

Description: There are over 800,000 students enrolled in migrant education programs in the United States and, of those, only 45-50% ever finish high school. “Escuela”, the sequel to Hannah Weyer’s critically acclaimed documentary “La Boda”, personalizes these glaring statistics through the honest portrait of a teenage Mexican-American farm worker, Liliana Luis. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 52 minutes

ESTADIO NACIONAL

Description: After the coup d’etat that occurred on September 11, 1973, the Chilean government initiated an atrocious pursuit against former allies of the overthrown Socialist President, Salvador Allende. A series of house raids were conducted and thousands of people were arrested. This documentary tells how more than 12,000 prisoners were confined, tortured and some were killed at the National Stadium—making it the largest concentration camp in Chile. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 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

EVA PERON: THE TRUE STORY

Description: A film biography about Evita Perón, the work seeks to portray the political acumen and skill of a consummate politician–"the power behind the throne"–of the populist Argentine, Juan Perón. The film represents an Argentine perspective grounded in history rather than treatments of Evita such as Andrew Lloyd Weber musical and Madonna versions. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 114 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

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

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

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

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 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

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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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

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

FOUR SHORT FILMS BY JOSEPH FABRY

Description: A collection of four short films by Venezuelan filmmaker Joseph Fabry. The first, "Tres Encuentros del Arte Hispanoamericano" (30 min.), explores the broader contours of Latin American art by examining three specific forms: the spiritual architecture of Andean Peru, the murals of post-revolutionary Mexico, and contemporary sculpture in Venezuela. The second film, "Armando Reveron" (24 min.), profiles the life of a 20th century Venezuelan artist, while the third film, "Carmelo Fernandez" (17 min.) examines the life of 19th century artist and intellectual Carmelo Fernandez. The final film, "Toros, Caballos y Hombres de Valor" (15 min.) examines the Venezuelan sport of coleado, a rodeo-like event in which competitors grab the tail of a bull while riding on horseback. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 85 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

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

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 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

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

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

GRINGO IN MAÑANALAND

Description: This film is a montage of scenes from travelogues, dramatic films, industrial films, newsreels, military footage, geography textbook illustrations and political cartoons. Together they explore the stereotyped image of Latin America in popular US media during the 20th century. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 61 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

GYPSIES WITHOUT TENTS (GITANOS SIN CARPAS)

Description: This documentary portrays the lives of Chile’s estimated 15 – 20,000 Romanies (Gypsies) by documenting the stories of three families and their everyday struggles to reconcile their traditional culture with the advantages offered by cultural assimilation. The film brings us into the families’ homes, their places of worship, the children’s schools, and the markets where the men trade, where the protagonists speak, in the Romani language as well as Spanish, about their lives and their concerns as Chileans and as Romanis. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 62 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

HIJO DE LA NOVIA

Description: Rafael Belvedere makes his living running a restaurant and the combination of a stressful job and familial tensions are wearing him down to a frazzle. It’s been almost a year since he last paid a visit to his mother, who is battling Alzheimer’s in a retirement home. When his father decides that he wants to renew their wedding vows the affair turns out to be far more complicated than Rafael imagined. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 124 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

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

HISTORIAS MINIMAS

Description: Three people travel along the lonely roads of Patagonia. Don Justo (80), the retired owner of a warehouse, flees to look for his long-missing dog. Roberto (40), a traveling salesman, follows the same road with an awkward load: a birthday cake for the son of a young widow. Traveling with her young daughter, María Flores, is a poor woman who has won the lottery on a TV program. Through traveling on their own, their paths eventually cross one another. Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 93 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

HOMBRE MUY VIEJO CON ALAS ENORMAS, UN (A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS)

Description: Amid the debris of a Colombian cyclone lands an old man with enormous wings, whose seemingly miraculous anatomy attracts the curious and devout from around the world. Silent and disheveled, this fantastical “creature” is housed in a chicken coop as his host and the onlookers wait for his heavenly message, which turns out to be a mixed blessing. Original story by Gabriel García Márquez, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Part of the film series Amores Difíciles. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 90 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

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

I AM JOAQUIN

Description: This work by Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino marked the emergence of film as a distinct cultural and aesthetic practice within the Chicano Movement. In the film, Luis Valdez gives a dramatic interpretation of Rudilfo “Corky” Gonzalez’s epic poem: I Am Joaquin, which was often distributed through mimeographed booklets to be read at rallies. This powerful film delineates all the contradictions of the Chicano experience over a 500-year genealogy of mestizo resistance. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 20 minutes

I LOVE PINOCHET

Description: How can it be that after Pinochet’s repressive regime the former general can still count on the unconditional support of so many Chileans? Constructed from a series of portraits that reveal the breadth and complexity of Pinochetism in Chile, I LOVE PINOCHET offers a unique look at the social and political system left by Augusto Pinochet, as seen from his followers’ point of view. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 52 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

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

IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES

Description: Based on the novel by Julia Alvarez and inspired by the true story of the Mirabal sisters, who faced brutal repression at the hands of the regime of Rafael Trujillo as a result of their involvement in an underground plot to overthrow him. Salma Hayek stars as Minerva Mirabal, whose direct personal experience with Trujillo’s abuse of power and suppression of his enemies pushes her into active participation in the opposition. She is joined by her two sisters, who become known as the butterflies and serve as an inspirational example of resistance to other Dominicans. Copies: Master Copy and Copy 1 (DVD) Length: 92 minutes

INCAS REMEMBERED

Description: Explores the mysteries of an advanced civilization’s disappearance. The miracles of the Incas are presented in this engrossing special by award winning filmmaker Luch Jarvis. Suitable for all ages, but excellent for elementary-school students. Copies: 1 (DVD) 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

INNER FORCE

Description: Inner Force visualizes the survival strategies that surge from the love and the talent of women. The 1980’s was a decade of extreme poverty, violence, civil wars, state repression, invasions, political crises, and a loss of institutional credibility. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 21 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LA FACE DE L’OMBRE (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

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

LADO OSCURO DEL CORAZON, EL

Type: Feature Film, Year: 1993, Director: Eliseo Subiela, Country: Argentina, Format: DVD-R, Language: Spanish, Subtitles: English

LAGOS, RICARDO (VISIT TO UNC)

Type: Documentary, Year: 2001, Country: USA/Chile, Format: DVD-R, Language: English, Subtitles: None

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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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

LIFE AND DEBT

Description: A real world look at how the policies of globalization and free trade devastate places. Director Stephanie Black focuses on Jamaica, which has been virtually destroyed from twenty-five years of ‘help’ from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. An important hit at the 2002 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, with a soundtrack by Ziggy Marley and a narration written by Jamaica Kincaid from her book A Small Place. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 86 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

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

LOW’N’SLOW: THE ART OF LOW RIDING

Description: Filmed in San Jose, CA, this work by Rick Tejada Flores documents the art and culture of the low riders, and includes an animated title sequence by Chicano artist Rupert Garcia and music by Jorge Santana. Copies: 3 (DVD and VHS) Length: 45 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

MA FEMME ET LE VOISIN (MY WIFE AND THE NEIGHBOR)

Description: A playful comedy about infidelity and jealously set among members of the urban middle class. Gerard is a young attractive gynecologist who takes advantage of his profession to seduce the women of the neighborhood. His escapades set off a tragic chain of events as one woman’s husband confronts the possibility that his wife has been unfaithful. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 93 minutes

MADRES DE LA PLAZA DE MAYO, LAS

Description: This Academy award-nominated documentary about the Argentinean mothers’ movement to demand to know the fate of 30,000 "disappeared" sons and daughters is extraordinary. As well as giving an understanding of Argentinean history in the 70’s and 80’s, it shows the empowerment of women in a society where they are expected to be silent. Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 64 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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

MARQUEZ: TALES BEYOND SOLITUDE

Description: In this rare exclusive interview, Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Márquez speaks about his best -selling novels, his role in the Latin American cinema, and his recent foray into–of all things–melodramatic soap opera. By mixing material shot in Colombia and Cuba, with historical footage and clips from his films, this video paints an impressive portrait of one of South America’s most expressive novelists. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 59 minutes

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

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

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

MAYAN VOICES: AMERICAN LIVES

Description: Set in Indiantown, Florida, a small, agricultural town 30 miles west of West Palm Beach, this film illustrates the challenges of a totally alien environment, exploring issues of identity, cultural integration, migration, and social change. It also demonstrated the impact 5,000 new immigrants with a foreign language and culture is having on the still predominantly white community. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 56 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

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

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)

MISS MARY

Description: Between pre-war Buenos Aires and the turbulence of Peron’s Argentina are remembrances of things past. This is the story of Miss Mary (Julie Christie) the compassionate English governess and the wealthy family that lives and dies by their inflated sense of tradition and of the broad political events and intimate personal dramas that will carve their destinies. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 100 minutes

MOON-WOMAN’S SISTERS, THE: HIGHLAND GUATEMALA WEAVINGS

Description: Several Maya women in the Highland community of Comalapa share their insights into the art of weaving and its place and importance in their lives. Directed by Julia Kellman and Phil Miller and filmed on location in Guatemala and Honduras. Produced by Conejo Productions. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 35 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

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

MUERTO, EL

Description: Based on a short story by Jorge Luis Borges. This is the anecdote of the inescapable destiny of Benjamín Otálora, a man from the suburbs of Buenos Aires who became a leader of a band of smugglers in the Brazilian frontier.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 105 minutes

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

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

MURALLA VERDE, LA

Description: A young family, determined to escape the pressures of life in Lima, struggles to exist in the exotic, overgrown Peruvian jungle. Godoy’s autobiographical story is perhaps the most honored Peruvian film of all time.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 112 minutes

MUSIC OF THE MAYA

Description: Produced by Samuel Franco, director of the Casa K’OJM, a private non-profit educational research center in Antigua, Guatemala dedicated to the preservation of Maya culture through music this video shows us live footage of music during daily life and special ceremonies throughout Guatemala, particularly in the Highlands. Narrated by Samuel Franco.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 25 minutes

MUSIC OF YARACUEY VENEZUELA, THE

Description: This documentary deals with the rich cultural and musical heritage of the people of the province of Yaracuey in Venezuela. It shows local people’s participation in genres as diverse as folklore music and classical and especially emphasizes the strong tradition of music instruction for children in the Casa Yaracuey. There is good footage of local dances, fiestas and interviews with poetas campesinos (farmer poets).  Produced by Cartón de Venezuela.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 15 minutes

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND GENRES OF PERU LAMBAYEQUE

Description: The musical panorama of the region of Lambayeque shows the role placed by musical instruments and genres in delineating different cultural spheres, as well as in the conflict between traditional and modern expressions. Two large areas can be distinguished: those of the coast and of the mountains. Each expresses itself in music differently, even when both use the same musical instruments. The coastal town draws on African traditions. Communications and popular urban music have also influenced this area, significantly changing Lambayeque’s musical panorama.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 27 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

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

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

NICOLAS Y LOS DEMAS

Description: A simple story about complicated people, this movie is about the casual meeting of two friends who have not seen each other in twentysome years. While beginning with humorous satire and irony, the story takes a dramatic turn.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 95 minutes

NIÑA SANTA, LA (HOLY GIRL)

Description: After choir rehearsals, two teenage girls, Amalia and Josefina, get together in the parish church to discuss faith, vocation and kissing. Not far from Josefina’s house is the run-down Hotel Termas, owned by Amalia’s family, where she lives with her mother Helena. A chance encounter between Amalia and Dr. Jano, who is attending a medical conference at the hotel, allows the young girl to at last find her vocation.

Copies: 2 (DVD) Length: 100 minutes

NINE QUEENS

Description: A polished, vastly entertaining and elaborate caper film, as well as a sharp character study that examines the question of honor among thieves. Juan is a small-time crook who gets caught conning a convenience store clerk, and Marcos is a big-time swindler who steps in to "arrest" him with the hope of recruiting him for a bigger job…obtaining a counterfeit collection of some extremely rare stamps known as the Nine Queens.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 115 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

NO HABRA MAS PENA NI OLVIDO

Description: Petty rivalries erupt into a local civil war in this satire of political and human follies. Based on the novel by Osvaldo Soriano.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 80 minutes

NO NOS TIENTES

Description: This film, narrated by Edward James Olmos, presents a forceful analysis of the possibilities for radical change through Guatemalan student protest. Shot in urban ghettos, rural villages and jungle encampments, this documentary reveals the immediate and personal struggle of a cross-section of the country’s population during the forty years of civil war. Recommended for undergraduates and high school students.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 50 minutes

NOCHE DE LOS LAPICES, LA

Description: The brutal kidnapping, torture, and killing of six out of seven high school students in 1976 is the subject of this powerful docudrama, a highly-charged, emotionally gripping condemnation of Argentina’s military rulers at that time. One of the students survived the ordeal, and this story is based on his experiences and knowledge of the tortures they endured under a military government that laid down oppressive restrictions on student activities

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 95 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

NUESTRA COMUNIDAD

Description: This film documents the personal experiences and work environments of migrant workers living in North Carolina and examines the impact of their arrival on their newly adopted communities. The debate about whether illegal immigrants should be living and working in the United States is central to this film. Through many interviews with policy-makers, immigrants, religious officials, human rights workers and North Carolina residents, a complete picture of the opinions that fuel the debate is provided here. The film also examines the contours of cultural encounter and prospects for the future for these new southerners.

Copies: 3 (DVD and 2 VHS) Length: 60 minutes

NUESTRA SIGLO: LA HISTORIA DE LOS CHILENOS EN EL SIGLO XX

Description: This successful television series is the story of how the big changes and events of the century have affected our lives. It is a story told from the experiences of the people. It is a story of big people who left footprints and of the people who participated or witnessed the significant Chilean historical events.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: aprox. 4 hours

NUMEROS Y COLORES

Description: Two stories designed to teach children how to identify numbers, colors and figures in Spanish.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 20 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

OFRENDA, LA: THE DAYS OF THE DEAD

Description: Made by Lourdes Portillo and Susana Muñoz. The very young, the old, and the deceased are all represented in this personal and affectionate filmmaker’s relationship to the history, and present-day celebrations of the Day of the Dead.

Copies: 2 (DVD and VHS) Length: 50 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

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

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

ORO MALDITO

Description: Themes of greed and redemption weave through this story of a young man’s obsessive search for gold. His quest takes him deep into the jungle and into fateful encounters with other “beings” in Bolivia’s tropical region of Cochabamba. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 35 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

OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

Description: For decades, U.S. strategists-for-hire have been quietly molding the opinions of voters and the messages of candidates in elections around the world. This documentary is an astounding look at one of their campaigns and its earth-shattering aftermath. With flabbergasting access to think sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, we watch how the consultants’, including James Carville, marketing strategies shape the relationship between a leader and his people. The film is a shocking example of how the all-American art of branding can affect the “spreading of democracy” overseas. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 87 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

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

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)