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The Americas: Mirrors of the Heart: Race and Identity

  • Series: Americas
  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $29.95 Series (public): $275.00
  • Date: Copyright 1993. Released 1993.
  • Descriptors: Women - Chile. Race relations. Chile - Social conditions. Latin America. Indians of South America.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Judith Vecchione. Narrated by Raul Julia. Videos: 2. Color. Also available in Beta, 3/4 inch. Stereo. Includes Guide, Textbook. English, Spanish. Subtitled. Closed captioned. 60 min.
  • Production Company: WGBH (Boston)
  • Available from: Annenberg/CPB Collection PO Box 2345 South Burlington, VT 05407-2345 (800) LEARNER
  • ISBN: ISBN 1-55946-748-7.
  • Cataloging: 983.065 Women - Chile||Chile - Social conditions||Chile - Politics and government - 1973-
  • Print Entry #: 4:726
  • Reviewer: Robert J. Stremcha

    Mirrors of the Heart: Race and Identity is program number four of the 10-part television series and complete telecourse Americas. This program provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on racial issues in Bolivia, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

    Indigenous peoples of Bolivia, featured in the first half of the video, explain the problems of maintaining a rich Indian tradition while striving for economic and social advancement. The fact that Bolivian Indians were treated as slaves for four centuries until the revolution of 1952 is vividly explained. The second half of the video focuses on Hispaniola and points out that the Spanish imported African slaves to this island after wiping out its indigenous peoples. The different attitudes people in this region have toward their African roots are striking. In the Dominican Republic, the way to improve the race is to make it whiter, less black; in Haiti, people take pride in being black.

    Narrator Raul Julia is easy to understand and is an excellent choice for the series. The technical quality of the video is superb. The background music is appropriately mixed to give you a feeling of being there, and it does not overpower the interviews. The video is primarily live action with subtitles and English inserted to help understand the Spanish-language segments. The camerawork is clean, with powerful closeups and good editing.

    In addition to being used as part of a college-credit introductory course in Latin American studies, political science, or sociology, this video could be used by advanced high school students or various special interest groups. The price is a real bargain for the high quality of this production.

    The Americas: In Women's Hands: The Changing Roles of Women

  • Series: Americas
  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $29.95 Series (public): $275.00
  • Date: Copyright 1993. Released 1993.
  • Descriptors: Women - Chile. Chile - History.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Judith Vecchione. Narrated by Raul Julia. Color. Also available in Beta, 3/4 inch. Stereo. Includes Guide, Textbook. English, Spanish. Subtitled. Closed captioned. 60 min.
  • Production Company: WGBH (Boston)
  • Available from: Annenberg/CPB Collection PO Box 2345 South Burlington, VT 05407-2345 (800) LEARNER
  • ISBN: ISBN 1-55946-749-5.
  • Cataloging: 305.42'09"83 Women - Chile - 20th century|| Women's rights - Chile||Chile - Social conditions - 1970-
  • Print Entry #: 4:443
  • Reviewer: Robert J. Stremcha

    In Women's Hands: The Changing Roles of Women is program number five of the 10-part television series and complete telecourse Americas. This program examines the changes that affected Chilean women of every social class as they organized during the Pinochet years to create better living conditions for their families.

    The video begins with Maria Antonieta Saa describing her childhood fantasies. Her dream of becoming president came close to becoming reality. When she was born, women in Chile did not have the right to vote; now she is a mayor in Chile. The pros and cons of the military government of Pinochet are explained by other women. The horrors that many women encountered during this regime are vividly detailed and provide insight into the dramatic changes in women's rights in Chile that have occurred.

    Narrator Raul Julia speaks slowly and clearly. The live-action video includes historic documentary clips to support some of the narration. Technically, the video is clean and very professionally produced. (The preview copy I viewed did have several black sections that the producer said would be complete prior to the final release.)

    The price is right for this video to be added to a high school, college, or public library. While it is marketed as part of a complete telecourse, this video can effectively stand alone as a program on women's rights.

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