This is an annotated list of videotapes for Latin American
Studies in the Culpeper Media Library of the Homer
Babbidge Library. Videotapes circulate for 14 days to
teaching staff and graduate students. Individuals may also view
videos in the Culpeper Library on Level 3. For more information
on circulation of videos or to schedule large screen showings in
the Library Video Theaters, please contact the Culpeper Media Library, or call
Compiled by Darlene H. Waller
with assistance from Jose Crespo. Revised February 1999.
Note: Recent video additions are marked with an asterisk *.
(1994, 16 min.) (Video E 184 .M5 .A69)
Explores the history, life and values of a 77 year old New Mexico
woman of Navajo Mexican descent. She explains how she makes her
living with her work as a farmer and weaver and she describes her
fundamental values: self-sufficiency, family solidarity,
religious commitment, and cooperation with the land and
(1972, 19 min.) (Video HQ 684 .A43)
Depiction of daily life in a remote village of rubber gathers on
the upper Amazon.
(1992, 125 min.) (Video PN 1997 .O466 A44)
Inspired by a true story, this is the story of a vicious Latino
gang leader, doomed by his past to a life of harsh, unforgiving
violence after his release from jail.
(1993, 10 cass., 57 min. each) (Video F 1408 .A64)
This intimate look at contemporary Latin America examines issues
confronting the entire region by foc on individual
Cass. 1, The Garden of forking paths: dilemmas of national
development (Argentina); Cass. 2, Capital sins: authoritarianism
and democratization (Brazil); Cass. 3, Continent on the move:
migration and urbanization (Mexico); Cass. 4, Mirrors of the
heart: race and identity (Bolivia, Haiti, the Dominican
Republic); Cass. 5, In women's hands: the changing roles of women
(Chile); Cass. 6, Miracles are not enough: continuity and change
in religion (Brazil, Nicaragua); Cass. 7, Builders of images:
Latin American cultural identity (Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico,
Argentina); Cass. 8, Get up, stand up: problems of sovereignty
(Colombia, Jamaica, Panama); Cass. 9, Fire in the mind:
revolutions and revolutionaries (El Salvador, Peru, Mexico, Cuba,
Nicaragua); Cass. 10, The Americans: the Latin American and
Caribbean presence in the U.S.
Americas in Transition
(1982, 28 min.) (Video F 1418 .A43)
This film discusses U.S.-Latin American relations and explores
the political history and current situation in Nicaragua,
Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Chile, and El
Amor, Mujeres y Flores
(1988, 58 min.) (Video HD 8039 .F682 C65) In Spanish with English
Describes the lives and working conditions of workers in the
flower industry in Bogota, Colombia. Stresses its health hazards,
particularly for women.
(1972, 29 min.) (Video F 3429 .A52)
Describes the ancient civilizations and cultures of Peru through
an examination of such artifacts as textiles, pottery, and
Bahia, Africa in the Americas
(1988, 58 min.) (Video F 2551 .B34)
Elements of African culture are powerfully expressed in the food,
art, dance, and most importantly, the Candomble (Umbanda)
religion of the Afro-Brazilian majority of the state of
(1987, 105 min.) (Video ML 420 .H24 B36)
Dramatization of the brief career that catapulted 17 year old
Ritchie Valens to rock 'n' roll stardom.
Battle for El Salvador
Crisis in Central America
Born in East L.A.
(1988, 85 min.) (Video PN 1997.M37 B67)
Cheech Martin is accidentally deported to Mexico without I.D. or
knowledge of Spanish, and cannot convince U.S. officials to let
him back into the U.S. again.
Brincando el Charco
(1994, 55 min.) (Video E184.P85 B75)
Examines Puerto Rican lesbians living in the United States
a fictionalized first-person narrative of a woman trying to make
sense of her life, past, and heritage.
(1991, 5 videos, ca. 59 min ea.) (Video DP 96 .F84 B87)
Written and presented by Carlos Fuentes, the best-selling Mexican
author, who looks for his forebears in the mix of peoples that
created Latin America: Spanish, Arab, Jewish, Indian, and
African. He asks what is unique in their culture that is cause
for celebration in the 500th anniversary year of Columbus.
Los Caminos de la Resistencia
(1994, 30 min.) (Video F 1220 .C36)
At a time when others were celebrating the Columbus
Quincentenary, representatives of indigenous peoples from
throughout Mexico gathered to let the world know about their
history of five hundred years of resistance to efforts to destroy
their cultural identity, and to demand justice. This film
chronicles their march to Mexico City.
Captive in El Salvador
(1984, 60 min.) (Video F 1488 .3 .C36) (WGBH Frontline)
An examination of United States involvement in El Salvador. Which
people and policies benefit from U.S. support? Do our allies
share our goals? Is the United States in control of the situation
in El Salvador, or is it a captive of policies it does not fully
Crisis in Central America
*Celebration: A Caribbean
(1988, 30 min.) (Video E 184. C27 C454)
Portrays the color, music and pride of the annual Carnival in
America’s largest Caribbean community, in New York City.
Captures the thoughts and feelings of expatriate West Indians, as
they are interviewed during preparations leading up to the
Chancay, the Forgotten Art
(198-?, 17 min.) (Video F 3429 .1 .C47 C4713)
Examines the famous pre-Colombian art of the 11th - 15th
centuries found in the Chancay River Valley, Peru.
(1990, 23 min.) (Video E 184 .M5 C42)
Employs Mexican murals, rare photographs, prints, and documentary
footage to trace the traditional and emerging roles of Mexican
Chicanas from pre-Columbian times to the present, showing how
women have made important contributions (as workers, mothers,
activists, educators, leaders and numerous other ways) despite
their generally oppressed status in the Latino culture.
Chile: Hasta Cuando?
(1985, 57 min.) (Video F 3100 .C34)
Expose of Pinochet's regime of terror in Chile, including
interviews with people who have been terrorized by the
government. Describes how student protesters were tortured and
killed by government police.
Chile: the New Victims
(198-?, 20 min.) (Video HV 6322.3.C4 C55) Narration in Spanish
with English subtitles.
Discussion of violation of human rights in Chile. Includes
testimony of victims.
(1976, 58 min) (Video F395.M5 C48)
Features the music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in
southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances,
fieldwork, and other social activities.
*Chutney in Yuh Soca: A Multicultural
(1997, 35 min.) (Video GN 495.6 .C488)
Three short films showing the vitality of ethnic identity which
blends with the prevailing culture, yet keeps its own
Cocolos y Rockeros
(1992, 46 min.) (Video ML 3486 P9 C63)
Explores the racial and class variables that contribute to some
Latinos favoring "Black" music while others are influenced by
"White" rock music.
(1991, 3 cass., 98 min. ea.) (Video QH 541 .5 .R27 C68)
Follows Cousteau's Calypso expedition on the Amazon River into
the Amazon rain forest, the largest liquid kingdom on earth.
Examines the vast array of life forms in the rain forest, its
ecosystem, and man's interaction with it. Emphasizes the link
between water, land, and life.
Crisis in Central America
(1985, 4 parts - 60 min each) (Video F 1436 .C74) (Frontline
[Cass. 1] The Yankee Years -- [Cass. 2] Castro's Challenge --
[Cass. 3] Revolution in Nicaragua -- [Cass. 4] Battle in El
Salvador. Reviews Central America's long and violent history of
dictatorships, revolutions, class struggles, human rights abuses,
and foreign intervention. Draws on specially compiled interviews
with political leaders, soldiers and civilians of Cuba,
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica,
Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, France, and the U.S. Features
archival footage from the film libraries of these countries as
well as those of private individuals.
Cuba: In the Shadow of Doubt
(1986, 58 min.) (Video F 1788 .C82)
An exclusive look at Cuba, its achievements and disappointments,
as voiced by the people in the streets and Fidel Castro himself.
Places the Cuban revolution in historical perspective.
The Cuban Missile Crisis: Back From the
(1988, 20 min.) (Video E 841 .C843)
Deals with the history of relations between the United States and
Cuba up to the confrontation between the United States and the
Soviet Union regarding Russian missile sites in Cuba.
The Dark Light of Dawn
(1986, 28 min.) (Video U-539)
Discussion of military oppression in Guatemala.
Destinos: An Introduction to
(1992, 52 progs. on 26 videos, 28 min. ea. prog.) (Video PC 4128
Uses the telenovela to present Spanish vocabulary, structures and
functions in a natural, conversational way, emphasizing
comprehension through context and actions. Illustrates the
cultural and linguistic diversity of Spanish through lively
discussions of history, geography, local foods and customs.
(1998, 56 min.) (Video F 1466.7. E84 D57)
Follows the efforts of Jennifer Harbury, an American woman, to
find the truth about her husband Everardo, a Guatemalan peasant
revolutionary who "disappeared" after capture by Guatemalan
government forces. Facts reveal involvement by the CIA and other
American governmental bodies in Guatemala.
Los Dos Mundos de Angelita
(1983, 72 min.) (Video PS 3561 .E668 D67) In Spanish with English
A story about a nine year old girl who moved from her home in
Puerto Rico to New York City and finds fitting into a new school
The Double Day
(198-?, 56 min.) (Video HQ 1460 .5 .D68)
Considers the condition of women in Latin America. Shows how
women in countries such as Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina, and
Venezuela are objecting to their traditional roles as wives and
mothers and are striving for more control over their lives.
(Narration in English; interviews in Spanish with English
voice-over translations or subtitles.)
Faces of Slavery
(1990, 27 min.) (Video HT 1048 .F33)
The institution of slavery in the United States and Brazil is
seen through photographs of the time.
(Betw. 1986 and 1991, 50 min.) (Video HN 290 .S33 F38)
Documentary film explores the squatter settlement slum areas, or
favelas, of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Discusses the factors leading to
their creation and their subculture. Interviews with social
service workers and inhabitants of the favelas are interspersed
with poetic narrative commentary on and photographic observation
of life in the favelas.
*Fear and Learning at Hoover
(1997, 53 min.) (Video JV 6926.L67 F43)
Documentary by Los Angeles teacher Laura Angelica Simón
which explores the impact of California's Proposition 187 on the
immigrant community. Analyses Hoover Street Elementary School,
where Simón candidly explores the attitudes and emotions
of teachers, students and parents, foc on a ten year old
*Flowers For Gaudalupe
(1995, 57 min.) (Video HQ 1393 .F56)
Explores the importance of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a
liberating symbol for Mexican women today.
*Fresa y Chocolate
(1995, 104 min.) (Video PQ 7390 .P3942 F74)
A young college student meets a writer and a passionate woman who
teaches him the things that aren’t taught in school.
*Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(1998, 43 min.) (Video PQ 8180. 17.A73 Z4645)
In this interview with Silvia Lemus, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
discusses his life and work from a highly personal plane.
*Geronimo: His Story
(1995, 28 min.) (Video JV 6278.G47)
Examines the life that Geronimo Mendoza Sanchez leads as an
"illegal alien" in the United States. Portrays Geronimo as a hard
working young man who is attempting to educate himself in order
to return to the Mexican village of his childhood and improve the
living conditions of the residents.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez : Magic and
(1982, 57 min.) (Video PQ 8180 .17 .A73 G33)
Presents a literary biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the
Colombian novelist and Nobel Prize winner, through conversations
with the author, his friends, and his critics. Examines the
course of Garcia Marquez's life, the sources of his plots and
characters, and the forces that have engendered his narrative
style. Traces his so-called magical realism, a blending of the
real and the fantastic, to the cultural diversity of the
Caribbean. Explores the history of Colombia.
The Global Assembly Line
(1986, 56 min.) (Video HD 6336 .G563)
Portrays the lives of working men and women in the "free trade
zones" of developing countries and North America, as U.S.
industries close their factories to search the globe for
lower-wage work forces. Depicts the international division of
labor and the growing importance of women in the industrial
workforce, especially in the United States, Mexico, and the
The Gringo in Mananaland
(1995, 61 min.) (Video PN 1995 .9 .L37 G75)
A montage of U.S. produced films about Latin America, from silent
films through 1995 television news, including corporate videos,
around themes of U.S. discovery of a tropical paradise with
friendly native women, of money to be made, of local bandits and
the need for U.S. troops.
Guazapa: The Face of War in El
(1984, 36 min.) (Video F 1488 .3 .G83)
A documentary on life in rebel-controlled areas of El Salvador, a
revealing, first-hand report on how rebel soldiers and civilians
support each other against incredible odds.
Guns, Drugs and the CIA
(1987, 58 min.) (Video HV 5801 .G86) (Frontline Series)
The CIA and its role in international drug dealings.
*The Harder They Come
(1991, 93 min.) (Video PN 1997. H469 H37)
Based on a true story, Jimmy Cliff portrays a superstar reggae
singer turned notorious criminal in Kingston, Jamaica.
I Am Joaquin
(1995, 20 min.) (Video PS 3513 .O47 I23)
A dramatization of the Chicano poem about the Mexican-American
experience from Cortes to the current farm workers' struggle,
emphasizing the problems of the oppressed and the
I Like It Like That
(1995, 106 min.) (Video PN 1997 .M378 I25)
When her husband is arrested, a young Brooklyn mother secures a
job to support her family. She gains in self-confidence, and
becomes involved romantically with her new boss. When husband
learns of this and confronts her, he is also forced to
acknowledge his wife's new strength and importance to the
(1988, 58 min.) (Video F 3429 .I53)
Examines the work of three archeologists currently excavating in
Peru for clues to the Inca way of life. Details the history,
culture, and technological achievements of the Incan
(1991, 123 min.) (Video PT 2647 .E77 J83)
A revolutionary leader causes the downfall of Emperor Maximilian
The JVC video Anthology of World Music and Dance :
(1990, 111 min.) (Music Video MVT WMD v.27-28)
Presents examples of music and dance from the Americas documented
Kayapo: Out of the Forest
(1987, 58 min.) (Video F 2520 .1 .C45 K39) (Disappearing World
Film about the Kayapo Indians of central Brazil and how the
destruction of the Amazonian rain forest threatens their
*The King Does Not Lie
(1992, 50 min.) (Video BL 2532. S5 K56)
Documentary showing the ritual and ceremony associated with the
initiation of a priest of Shango, the Thundergod of the
traditional Yoruba religion. Takes place in a contemporary Puerto
Rican community among New World practicioners of the ancient
*Kiss of the Spider Woman
(1985, 120 min.) (Video PQ 7798. 26.U4 K57)
Flamboyant Molina and political prisoner Valentin share a prison
cell in an unnamed Latin American dictatorship. To pass the time,
Molina entertains Valentin with narratives from old movies.
*Labor and Capital Mobility (Inside the Global
Economy, Series, pt. 5)
(1994, 60 min.) (Video HF1351 .I579)
Discusses the U.S.-Mexico maquiladora program. Discusses trend
towards increased international economic integration and economic
interdependence. Includes case studies and panel
The Last Supper (La Ultima Cena)
(1989, 110 min.) (Video HT 1076 .U48)
Historical drama based on an incident from the late 18th century
Cuban history in which a slave owner, in effort to instruct his
slaves of the tenets of Christianity, invites twelve slaves to a
re-enactment of the Last Supper.
(1981, 59 min.) (Video K 2100 .L57)
Laura Nader, a professor of anthropology, specializing in legal
affairs, compares how legal systems in Mexico and America settle
disputes and consumer complaints. Drawing upon her fieldwork in a
small Zapotec village in Mexico, where transactions take place
between producer and consumer face to face, Nader contrasts the
procedure used in the village courts for settling disputes and
the resolution of consumer complaints in American courts.
*Living in America: 100 years of Ybor
(1988, 53 min.) (Video F 319. T2 L58)
Documents the rich tradition of Latin culture of Ybor City,
Florida which was founded in the 1880s and flourished until World
War II when the effects of assimilation, urban renewal and the
decline in the cigar industry led to its demise.
Lost World of the Maya
(1974, 36 min.) (Video F 1435 .L67) (BBC-TV)
Follows Eric Thompson, an authority on Mayan civilization, as he
embarks on a pilgrimage through Central America. Describes ruins
existing in such ancient cities as Tikal, Palenque, Yaxchilan,
and Quirigna, and re-creates the Mayas' daily life. Concludes
with a description of the theories that have been used to explain
why Mayan civilization fell.
(1993, 29 min.) (Video F 2520 .1 .Y3 M34)
A vivid portrayal of shamanic activity, as well as an exploration
of the close connection between politics and shamanism in
(1992, 104 min.) (Video PS 3558 .I376 M362)
Relates the story of two brothers who dream of becoming famous in
show business once they come to America.
A Man Called Bee
(1987, 42 min.) (Video F 2520 .1 .Y3 M36)
Follows anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon as he collects
anthropological field data among the Yanomamo Indians of southern
Manos a La Obra
(1983, 60 min.) (Video HC 154 .5 .M36)
A documentary on Puerto Rico's "Operation Bootstrap," an economic
development plan undertaken in the 1950s designed to attract U.S.
capital and serve as a model for the Americas. newsreels,
archival photographs and excerpts from government propaganda
films, examines the background and many problematic issues posed
by the plan.
(1993, 81 min.) (Video PN 1997 .R63 M37)
All he wants to be is a mariachi, like his father, his
grandfather and his great grand father before him. But the town
he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly,
mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the
mariachi is playing for his life.
(1990, 53 min.) (Video F 1488.3 .M37)
Documentary based on life and work of Maria Serrano, leader in
the guerrilla movement in El Salvador. Shows Maria teaching
guerrillas, and planning and carrying out military attacks on
Martin Chambi and the Heirs of the
(1986, 60 min.) (Video TR 140 .C44 M37) Narration in English;
includes segments in Spanish and Quechua with English
Surveys the work of Martin Chambi, a Peruvian Indian photographer
who documented the lives of Peruvian Indians in the Cuzco region
and the lifestyles of the European ruling class of Peru for over
fifty years. Features numerous photographs by Chambi as well as
interviews and scenes of contemporary Peruvian Indian life that
explore the gains and setbacks the Indians have experienced in
preserving their culture and participating in the affairs of
Maya in Exile
(1985, 30 min.) (Video F 1465 .2 .K36 B873) In English; some
interviews in Spanish with English over-translation.
Discusses the effects of the Guatemalan Civil War on the
Guatemalan Mayan people of the village of San Miguel in the
western highlands of Guatemala. Describes their lives as refugees
in the town of Indiantown, Florida.
Maya Lords of the Jungle
(1981, 60 min.) (Video F 1435 .M46) (Odyssey Series)
Visits ancient sites on the Yucatan Peninsula where new findings
are forcing a reappraisal of the past of the Mayans. Researchers
display and interpret their findings.
Maya: The Blood Kings
(1995, 50 min.) (Video F 1435 .M39)
Researchers explore ruins in the jungles of Mexico, Honduras, and
Guatemala in an effort to understand a people both sophisticated
and bloodthirsty and a society that collapsed with mysterious
(1985, 18 min.) (Video F 1435 M49)
Raises questions concerning the mystery of the decline of the
Mayas. Lists as possible explanations natural catastrophe,
invasion, over-population, and peasant revolt. Includes
photographs of the major Mayan cities in Mexico, Guatemala and
Mayordomia: Ritual, Gender, and Cultural Identity in
A Zapotec Community
(1991, 20 min.) (Video F 1221 .Z3 M39)
Uses the Mayordomia, an annual religious festival, to study the
life styles and culture in a southern Mexican Zapotec town.
Media War in El Salvador
(1989, 23 min.) (Video HE 8700 .76 .S2 M43)
Examines the use and influence of the media during elections in
Memorias del Subdesarollo
(198-?, 97 min.) (Video PQ 7390 .D45 M46) In Spanish with English
A study of Cuban society before and after the revolution as seen
through the eyes of a man who is a landlord and self-styled
*Memorias Do Carcere
(1986, 135 min.) (Video PQ 9697 .R254 Z59)
Graciliano Ramos, under suspicion of extreme left-wing views, was
imprisoned on a penal isle near Rio de Janeiro from 1936-1937
during a period of political repression. Story is adapted from
his vivid recollections of prison life.
(1988, 3 cass., 59 min. each) (Video F 1226 .M49) (WGBH
archival film and interviews with prominent politicians,
writers, historians and other leaders, this program looks at the
Mexican revolution of 1910 and the people and events that shaped
Mexico's history in the first part of the 20th century (Cass. 1,
Revolution, 1910-1940); Mexico's rising prosperity and economic
problems from 1940-1982 (Cass. 2, From Boom to Bust, 1940-1982);
and the period 1982-1988 when Mexican leaders faced a crippling
foreign debt, an economy in shambles, a devastating earthquake in
Mexico City, and a people whose trust had been eroded by years of
mismanagement (Cass. 3, End of an Era, 1982-1988).
Mexico: the Frozen Revolution
(197-?, 75 min., 2 parts) (Video F 1234 .M49)
Blends archival footage of the events and personalities of the
Mexican Revolution of 1910-1917 with contemporary documentary
scenes presenting a comprehensive socio-historical analysis of
Mexico. The film discusses the economic problems Mexico has had
to deal with as a result of the government's failure to live up
to the promises of the revolution. (English version of the 1971
film, Mexico, la revolución congelada.)
Mi Vida Loca
(1994, 100 min.) (Video PN 1997 .A529 M5)
The members of a rival gang in Los Angeles are feuding, and the
girlfriends are trying to survive by keeping clear from these
Militarization of Central America
(1987, 29 min.) (Video F 1436.5 M55) (America's Defense Monitor,
Discusses the influence of the military in Central American
politics and life.
(1987, 125 min.) (Video PR 6052 .O39 M57)
A powerful epic about a man of the sword and a man of the cloth
who unite to shield the Guaraní people from brutal
subjugation by 18th century colonial empires.
(1991, 15 min.) (Video GV 1099 .M65)
Shows the art, craft, dance and history of the traditional stilt
walkers. Includes background into the costume and dance
movements, and its origins in West Africa.
(1995, 27 min.) (Video F 392. R5 M86)
An Exploration of the Mixture of Spanish Catholicism and Indian
mysticism found in Texan communities along the Rio Grande River,
and the miracles alleged to occur there.
Museum of Modern Art of Latin
(1983, 20 min.) (Video N 6490 .M87)
Discusses the creation of the Museum of Modern Art of Latin
America in Washington, DC. Provides a brief survey of important
Latin American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Nicaragua 1979: scenes from the
(1980, 30 min.) (Video F 1528 .N53)
With a combination of historical footage and footage taken under
fire, the film portrays the Nicaraguan Revolution from the
inception of sandinismo to the 1979 strike called by the
sandinistas against the Somoza regime. Shows problems the
victorious sandinistas have with running a country which is
economically and physically devastated and whose population is
undernourished and largely illiterate.
*The Night of San Lazaro
(1997, 35 min.) (Video BL 2532.L39 N63)
Examines the observance of the Night of San Lazaro as an example
of the revival of religious freedom in Cuba. For some "San
Lazaro" is a healer saint, for others an African divinity. This
program neither interprets nor analyzes this religious event, but
simply observes and presents it.
Nine Nations of North America:
(1987, 60 min.) (Video E 38 .N56)
Presenting a regionalized view of political geography, this
program focuses on the people of the fastest growing nation in
America, the region that stretches from Los Angeles to Houston
and from Pueblo, Colorado, to San Luis Potosí,
*No Habrá Más Penas Ni Olvido = Funny
Dirty Little War
(1996, 80 min.) (Video PQ 7798.29.O58 N69)
Satire about the eruption of a civil war in a quiet Argentine
village when a local Peronist politician claims a municipal clerk
is a Communist.
The Noriega Connection
(1990, 58 min.) (Video E 183.8 .P2 N675)
Outlines the long Noriega-U.S. relationship, foc on the
Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations. Shows how these
administrations used Noriega to further their own political
goals, ignoring or concealing his criminal activity. Explains the
break with Noriega, concluding that the U.S. decision to
prosecute him on drug charges may result in Noriega's use of this
relationship as a defense.
(1984, 141 min.) (Video PN 1997 .N667) In Spanish with English
Traces the journey of a brother and sister from the jungles of
Guatemala to the U.S. to seek a better life in the North.
Reaching "El Norte," they are beset by new problems as illegals
submerged in an alien culture.
(1989, 50 min.) (Video GT 3214 .A2 O37)
Presents a non-traditional look at the ceremonies and rituals
observed in Mexican culture, in both Mexico and the U.S., to
celebrate the Days of the Dead (Nov. 1 and 2).
(1985, 40 min.) (Video RG 138 .O63) Primarily in Spanish with
Discusses the experiments of the sterilization of women as a form
of birth control in Puerto Rico.
Other Side of the Border
(1987, 60 min.) (Video JV 6450 .O84) (PBS Video)
Documentary on illegal entry from Mexico. Discusses new
immigration reform law.
Our Forgotten War
(1988, 58 min.) (Video F 1488.3 .O97) (PBS Video)
A portrait of the country of El Salvador and the impact of
American programs and policies on the country, people, and
Out of the Past
(1993, 8 cass., 60 min. ea.) (Video CC 165 .O98)
Stacy Keach, with the help of field archaeologists, introduces us
to the work and thought of archaeology.
Panama: the Canal and the Country
(1988, 29 min.) (Video F 1566 .4 .U6 P36) (America's Defense
Monitor, CS. 10)
Reveals the history of our role in Panama and looks
La Patagonia Rebelde
(198-?, 102 min.) (Video HD 6604 .A29 P38)
Film based on actual historical events involving the brutal
military suppression of a series of strikes by rural workers in
the southernmost province of Argentina in the early 1920s.
Peru: Inca Heritage
(1972, 17 min.) (Video F 3429 .P47)
Explores the contemporary life of the Inca Indians.
(1985, 14 min.) (Video E184.C97 P56)
Tells the story of a young Cuban-born man who tries to become an
American while his family tries to make him keep their old
Plena is Work, Plena is Song
(1990, 29 min. ) (Video ML 3558 .P54)
Brings to life the culture and political history of Puerto Rican
plena, a blend of African and Spanish musical idioms.
Political Communication in Revolutionary
(1985, 28 min.) (Video P 95 .82 .N52 P64)
Discusses the political uses of mass media (radio, television,
newspaper, murals, and posters) in revolutionary Nicaragua and
includes excerpts from the Sandinista Television System,
Popol Vuh : Sacred Book of the Quiche
(1988, 60 min.) (Video F 1465 .P8385)
Portrays the creation myth of the Quiche Maya of ancient
Guatemala. Gives life to the mystic history and art of the Maya,
animated drawings taken directly from classic Maya
Puerto Rico: Our Right to Decide
(1981, 28 min.) (Video F 1958 .P846)
Utilizes interviews, historical footage, and stills to examine
Puerto Rico today, with an emphasis on how its past shaped its
Puerto Rico: Paradise Invaded
(1977, 30 min.) (Video F 1958 .P847) Spanish dialog with English
Examines the historical and present-day relationship between
Puerto Rico and the U.S., the impact of industrialization on the
island, the historical background of the independence movement,
and Puerto Rican life in New York City.
Puerto Rico Libre
(1975, 29 min.) (Video F 1976 .P84) (Public Television
Discusses whether Puerto Rico should remain a commonwealth or
become independent, and whether it could sustain itself
economically. Among the persons whose views are presented are
author Gordon Lewis, Professor Robert Gandara, Puerto Rican
Socialist Party leader Juan Mari Bras and Raquel Robeldo, a woman
born in Puerto Rico.
Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon
(198-?, 20 min.) (Video F 1219 .1 .T27 P97)
Filmed on location at Teotihuacan and at the Museum of
Anthropology of Mexico City, anthropologists examine the art of
Q'eros: Shape of Survival
(1980, 53 min.) (Video F 3430 .1 .Q43 Q47)
Describes life and hardships of the Andean nomads called the
Q'eros. Film describes their means of subsistence, their rituals
and beliefs, and the pattern of discrimination they have
(1991, 114 min.) (Video HT 1126 .Q55) In Portuguese with English
A dramatization which chronicles the Palmares Quilombo, the most
famous of the 17th century Brazilian groups of runaway Black
slaves. Shows how this self-governing community flourished for
several decades under the reign of the legendary chieftain Ganga
Recuerdos de mi Barrio
(199-?, 41 min.) (Video F 2291 .C15 R4)
Discusses land settlements and population growth issues in Cali,
Colombia, the barrio El Vergel as a case study.
*Retrato de una Travesia
(1997, 27 min.)
Retrospective documentary history of the photographic work of
Return to Aguacayo
(1987, 15 min.) (Video HV 640.5 .S24 R48)
Describes Operation Phoenix, a U.S.-aided attack by the
Salvadoran army on the civilians of the countryside. Documents
the attempt of these civilians to return to their land from
refugee camps in San Salvador with the aide of delegates from the
U.S. and the National Repopulation Committee.
Revolution in Nicaragua
Crisis in Central America
*Rumblings of the Earth: Wifredo Lam, his Work and
(1993, 23 min.) (Video ND 305.L3 R86)
Follows Wifredo Lam, an artist from Cuba who was a leader in the
Negritude movement and a friend of Picasso, from his student days
in Havana through his development as an artist in Europe. Also
includes his writings and interviews with authorities on art and
Salt of the Earth
(1987, 93 min.) (Video PN 1997 .B533 S25)
Drama depicting the attempt of a New Mexican mining company to
break a union strike of underprivileged Mexican and American
workers who endeavor to prevent their wives from participation on
an equal basis in the strike.
*Le Sang du Condor
(1994, 80 min.) (Video F 2230. 2. K4 S26) In Spanish and Quechua
with French subtitles.
A dramatization of an actual incident which involved charges of
sterilization of Quechuan Indian women without their consent as
part of a birth control program administered by the United States
School of Assassins
(1994, 18 min.) (On Order)
Documents the work of the U.S. Army's School of the Americas that
trains Latin American military officers. rarely-seen
footage, the program shows how school graduates have been guilty
of deaths of tens of thousands of people, including Archbishop
Romero of El Salvador. The camera reveals the hidden work of the
school and the work of church people, activists, and members of
Congress to close down what they call the "School of
*Scraps of Life
(1991, 28 min.) (Video HQ 1236.5 C5 S37)
This video presents stories from the mothers, sisters and wives
of persons "detained-disappeared" in Chile under President
Pinochet. They sew murals out of scraps of fabrics (arpilleras)
that record Chile's bloody history.
Sentinels of Silence
(1990, 18 min.) (Video F 1219 .S49)
Shows aerial views of seven archeological sites in Mexico,
including stone palaces, deserted temples, pyramid mounds, and
*The Silence of Neto
(1998, 106 min.) (Video PN 1997 A456 S55)
Produced entirely in Guatemala and filmed in the colonial city of
Antigua, this film tells the story of a young boy's coming of age
while his country struggles to preserve democracy amidst CIA
cold-war propaganda. Through the eyes of young Neto, the viewer
is given an authentic insider's look at the diverse people of
Guatemala and the historical events in the mid-1950's that have
shaped their destiny.
Sixteenth Century Perceptions of Latin
(1988, 27 min.) (Video F 1411 .S64)
A revisionist presentation about the encounter of the European
and Latin American civilizations. Re-examines the story of the
discovery of America from an alternative perspective, attempting
to show how perceptions and value judgments contribute to the way
a particular situation or event is viewed, and how these biased
perceptions can persist for centuries.
A Skirt Full of Butterflies
(1993, 16 min.) (Video F 1221 .Z3 S55)
Tells of five women whose stories are interlaced with scenes of
work and the resplendent festivities, music, poetry, and
paintings of the Oaxacan region. Shows the value of economic
independence, community, friendship, cultural pride, and respect
for women's contributions.
*The Spirit of Kuna Yala
(1991, 59 min.) (Video F 1565.2 C8 S65)
Documentary portrait of a native people attempting to survive the
encroachment of the western world. Features the Kuna Indians of
Panama's San Blas Islands, their traditions, and their rainforest
homeland, Kuna Yala.
Stand and Deliver
(1988, 103 min.) (Video LD 7501 .L73 S73)
Story of Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East Los Angeles
Garfield High School, who refuses to write off his inner city
students as losers. Escalante pushes and inspires 18 struggling
students to become math whizzes.
Standoff in Mexico
(1986, 60 min.) (Video JL 1298 .A5 P37) (PBS Frontline)
Examines the two political parties in Mexico, the PAN and the
(1989, 80 min.) (Video PQ 7390 .A264 S87)
A tale of Cuban exiles living in a basement apartment during a
snowy winter in New York. El Super is Roberto, a superintendent,
who dreams of his warm and friendly homeland and stubbornly
refuses to assimilate into the new culture.
Sweet Fresh Water
(1984, 55 min.) (Video F 2546 .S93)
The world's largest river system, the Amazon, is followed by
David Attenborough from its source in the Peruvian Andes to its
huge coastal delta in Brazil.
*That Old Gang of Mine: El Barrio
(1996, 56 min.) (Video F 128.9 P85 T43)
Documentary program on growing up in New York city's El Barrio in
the late 1940's and 1950's, set against that neighborhood as it
Todos Santos: the Survivors
(1989, 58 min.) (Video F 1465 .3 .S6 T63) In English and Spanish
with English voice-over translation and subtitles.
Documents the changes wrought by guerrilla warfare and government
reprisal in the Indian village of Todos Santos Cuchumatan, in the
Guatemalan highlands, since the documentary of that name was made
(1992, 60 min.) (Video E 184 .P47 T73)
Documents the experiences of a family of Peruvian Andean
immigrants living in Washington, DC, who return to Peru to
sponsor the annual patron saint fiesta. Examines the complexities
of the culture, religious syncretism, inter-ethnic marriages,
migration and racism. Also follows the immigrants back to the
U.S. where they constantly "discover" and reinvent their plural
identities (Cabaneno, Andean, Peruvian, Latino and American) in
their daily lives as nannies, janitors, college students, etc.,
and in special events sponsored by the Cabaneno.
(1975, 29 min.) (Video F 128 .9 .P85 T74) (Public Television
A documentary on the lives of three generations of Puerto Rican
women in New York. The focus is on the mother-daughter
relationship and how it deeply touches all women.
*Trinkets & Beads
(1996, 53 min.) (Video F 3722.1 H83 T75)
Documents the lives of the Huaorani, a small tribe of Ecuadorian
Indians who, after twenty years of pressure from foreign oil
companies, agreed to allow oil drilling on their land. Focuses on
the introduction of massive environmental pollution and cultural
exchange, and the tribe’s subsequent efforts to regain
control of their lives and lands.
* The U.S. - Mexican War, 1846 -
(1998, 4 hrs on 2 videocassettes) (Video E404 .U653 & E404
What began as a territorial dispute between two neighbors
ultimately grew into a war that changed the destinies of both
nations forever. This landmark documentary series brings to life
the stories of the U.S.-Mexican War, its causes, its people and
its legacy. After 16 months of fierce fighting, the U.S.gained
almost half of Mexico's land, what is today the Southwest from
Texas to California. This series, one of the first comprehensive
documentaries to examine this very significant conflict, marks
the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Mexican War.
Uncommon Poet : Octavio Paz
(1978, 29 min.) (Video PQ 7297 .P285 U53)
An interview with Paz that sheds light on his life as a poet and
political activist for Mexico. Paz explains his philosophy and
the influences that helped shape his poetry.
Under the Volcano
(1985, 112 min.) (Video PR 6093 .O96 U5)
Based on the novel by Malcolm Lowry. A drama, set in pre-World
War II Mexico, about a dissolute Consul who misses his wife and
drowns his sorrow in tequila. In spite of his drunkenness, he is
all too aware of the threat of Nazism that is about to
Villa El Salvador
(1989, 50 min.) (Video HN 350 .V55 V55)
Tells the story of Peru's Villa El Salvador, one of Latin
America's best organized squatter settlements.
(1988, 114 min.) (Video PN 1997 .K39 V58)
Emiliano Zapata, an ally of Pancho Villa, leads the Mexican
peasants in a bloody revolt against an oppressive
Voice of the Amazon
(1989, 57 min.) (Video SD 418.3 .B73)
Through interviews and documentary footage, examines the
grass-roots environmental movement in Brazil. Focuses on Chico
Mendes, a rubber tapper and environmentalist who was assassinated
in 1988 for trying to protect the rain forest.
The War in El Cedro
(1987, 50 min.) (Video F 1528 .W368)
Ten members of the Veterans Peace Action Team go to the village
of El Cedro, Nicaragua, in June 1987 to help rebuild a health
clinic destroyed by the Contras. The documentary shows their
struggles to come to grips with their own conflicts about
patriotism, American foreign policy, and memories of their own
participation in war.
War on Nicaragua
(1987, 58 min.) (Video F 1528 .W37) (PBS Frontline)
Discusses America's policies that led to the trail of arms and
money to support the war in Nicaragua. Shows the effect of the
war on the people, their views and the attitude of the Nicaraguan
government towards the war. Also comments on events that led to
the Iran Contra Affair.
Will War End in Central America?
(1987, 29 min.) (Video F 1439 .5 .W55) (America's Defense
Monitor, CS. 7)
Discusses wars in Central America and how they might be
Witness to War
(1985, 30 min.) (Video R 154 .C54 W58)
Documents the career of Charlie Clements, an Air Force pilot
whose Vietnamese War experiences convinced him that he had to
build a new career as a physician, so that he could heal instead
of kill. Focuses particularly on his work as a doctor in El
Salvador during that country's conflict with Honduras in
*Women of Latin America
(1997, 60 min.) (Video HQ 1460.5 W629)
This series looks at Latin America through its women. Some of
them transport drugs across borders, fight in rebel armies, bear
children in poverty, search for sons and daughters who have
vanished during political oppression, and generally bear the
burden of living a third-world existence. Other women, teachers,
engineers, deputies, ministers and even a president, contribute
their stories. But it also shows the struggle against great odds
to survive racial and class discrimination, revolution, political
injustice and chronic economic instability.
World of a Primitive Painter: Jose Antonio
(1972, 20 min.) (Video ND 281 .V45 W67)
This program examines the work of Jose Antonio Velasquez, a
Honduran primitive painter, placing his art against the
background of the town in which he lives and works.
The Yankee Years
in Central America
*Yo soy hechicero
(1997, 48 min.) (Video BF 1573 Y6)
Shows Juan Eduardo Nuñuz, a Cuban refugee who leads a
religious congregation in a backyard garden shed in a subdivision
near Atlantic City, New Jersey. His neopagan religious cult deals
in spirit possession, animal sacrifice, mythic storytelling and
physical healing. Juan Eduardo's wife, a Pentecostal, claims that
her husband is an instrument of Satan.
Yo Soy Pablo Neruda
(1967, 30 min.) (Video PQ 8097 .N4 Y55) In English, with some
lines of poetry read in Spanish by Neruda.
Examines the career and literary output of Pablo Neruda, who made
his home at Isla Negra on the coast of Chile. Includes views of
Neruda reading his poems in the locales which inspired
(1991, 104 min.) (Video PS 3572 .A387 Z34)
A group of Mexican-Americans are unjustly sent to San Quentin for
the death of a man at Sleepy Lagoon. Based on an actual case and
zoot suit riots of the 1940s in Los Angeles.
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