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In August 1889, the steamship Wesser docked in Argentina, carrying the country's first group of Jewish immigrants, who were fleeing the Tsarist regime in Russia. They bought agricultural land, built schools, synagogues, and became the "Jewish gauchos." The granddaughter of one of those immigrants describes the struggles of her ancestors in the new world. This documentary recounts the story of those pioneers, based on interviews with the oldest members of today's Jewish community. Directors, Vivian Imar, Marcelo Trotta. 2001. 71 min.

Leon Ferrari, Retrospective

A biographical introduction followed by a discussion of the work of the contemporary Argentine conceptual artist Leon Ferrari, whose work and politics have brought him into some controversy and notoriety. Directed by Pablo Padula. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2006. 43 min.

Los Malditos Caminos (Cursed Roads).

Gives an account of the militant actions of three young political activists modeled by Peronism: Jose Luis Nell, a member of the Movimiento Nacionalista Revolucionario Tacuara, Carlos Mugica, a young priest and Lucia Cullen, a student of social work. A film by Luis Barone. 85 min.

Los Rubios

Using a combination of fiction and documentary, film director Albertina Carri traces her parents' disappearance in 1977 during the regime of the Argentine junta. Guion y dirrecion, Albertina Carri; productor, Barry Ellsworth. 2003. 89 min. (Spanish with English subtitles); (Spanish without English subtitles); (with English subtitles)

Malajunta.

Examines the 1976-1983 period in Argentina, when that nation was terrorized by one of the cruelest military dictatorships in Latin American history which resulted in the kidnapping and "disappearing" of over 30,000 people and the imprisonment and torture of more than 10,000 political prisoners. Film also documents the 1983 return to democracy, the subsequent trials and pardons of the military leaders, and their bitter legacy which continues to divide the country, blending archival footage with interviews with historians, writers, artists, lawyers and the children of "disappeared" persons.

Marcelo Alvarez: In Search of Gardel

Originally an accountant, the meteoric rise of Argentinean tenor Marcelo Alvarez caught the world of classical music by surprise. This spring Alvarez accepted a most meaningful artistic challenge -- performing and recording the songs of Carlos Gardel, the legendary Tango crooner. Here Marcelo Alvarez chats with colleagues and friends and visits Gardel's old haunts in Buenos Aires, but most importantly he sings the songs that have made Tango one of the 20th century's most popular music forms. 2000. 55 min.

May Justice Be Done

By any standard Argentina was a very rich country until the 1970s, with competitive industries, modern agriculture, and a prosperous middle class, but by 2001, 21 out of 36 million people were living below the poverty level. This documentary traces the roots of the crisis back to the irresponsible lending policies of the international lending financial institutions. Instead of renegotiating the external debt through official channels via the Central Bank, government officials arranged deals directly with seven banks.

Me queda la palabra (I Still Have the Word)

Between 1976 and 1983 - under military rule - thousands of people, most of them dissidents and civilians unconnected with terrorism, were arrested and then vanished without a trace in Argentina. This documentary considers how the events in Argentina and the Holocaust are connected through the recollections of three surviving women of Nazi concentration camps and a man who was kidnapped during the military dictatorship in Argentina. Also includes an interview with historian Abraham Huberman. Written and directed by Bernardo Kononovich.

Montoneros, una historia

Ana, an ex-Montonera, and others tell their personal and collective histories of experiences during the violent years in mid-20th century Argentina as participants in the Montonero movement, exploring questions that have not yet been fully answered. Special features: Documental: "Macedonio Fernandez" / direccion, Andres Di Tella; guion, Ricardo Piglia (In Spanish, col. with b&w sequences, 40 min.) 2006. 89 min.

Mosaico Criollo

A collection of traditional Argentine music and dance, including singing, piano, and guitar, from the 1920s. Directed by Edmo Cominetti. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 1929.

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