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Argentina

The Debt of Dictators

Exposes the irresponsible lending to brutal dictators by multinational financial institutions. Revealing the widespread impoverishment resulting from these debts, the film transports viewers to Argentina, South Africa, and the Philippines, where essential services have been sacrificed in order to repay these illegitimate loans. In each of the cases, the government pays more in servicing the foreign debts than it does on all essential social services combined.

The Disappeared (Desaparecido

Relives the horrors of Argentina's Dirty War (1976-1983) through the experience of Horacio Pietragalla (aka Cesar Castillo), a young man raised by the maid of the officer who kidnapped him after the murder of his parents by the military. The film follows Horacio as he reconstructs the cause for which his real parents gave their lives, and, through this search, reclaims his true identity. The film personalizes the tragedy that ravaged the country for seven years and exposes polarized views on state-driven terrorism in groundbreaking interviews with top officials and military figures.

The Frustrated Colossus: From Peron to the Present

In 1945 Argentina was one of the ten richest countries in the world. Juan Peron was in power and promised that he would help Argentina fulfill its destiny, but only succeeded in dividing more than uniting the nation. By 1975 Argentina had been torn by five years of internal strife during which the youth of the country opposed the military government in power. 1985. 29 min.

The Take

Explores how Argentina's 2001 economic collapse, where a prosperous middle-class economy was destroyed during 10 years of IMF policies, impacted the lives of ordinary workers. Follows thirty unemployed auto-parts workers in Buenos Aires, who stage a protest against their bosses and economic globalization by occupying their closed factory and refusing to leave. Directed by Avi Lewis. 2004. 87 min.
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The Yidishe Gauchos

Tells of Jews escaping persecution and pogroms in late nineteenth-century Eastern Europe to settle in the Pampas of Argentina. Includes oral histories, archival footage, and interviews with scholars. Written and directed by Mark Freeman. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 28 min.

Timerman, the News from Argentina.

Looks at what freedom of the press means in Argentina as host Hodding Carter returns with Jacobo Timerman to that country where Timerman was imprisoned by the military regimes. 1984? 30 min.

Two to Tango: Gay Argentina

Buenos Aires is in the heart of a country where 80% of the people are Catholic and the culture of machismo is still rife. Now the Argentine capital is leading the push in Latin America for gay rights. This film introduces Esteban Hubner and Leonardo Gorosito, who are are getting married in a civil ceremony. The introduction of such civil unions has met with opposition from the Church. 2005. 17 min.
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