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Bolivian Blues. Life, Part 27

In Bolivia, 10% of children are undernourished and average school attendance is less than 7 years. Entrenched vested interests hamper foreign investments and its landlocked geography limits access to export markets. But there are signs of change. This program explores the success of a new initiative "Dialogo 2000: si se puede" designed to coordinate the work of donor agencies and focus outside aid on achieving real poverty reduction. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.

Can't Do It In Europe

A look at the unlikely tourist destination of Potosi, Bolivia, where wealthy travelers pay for the right to experience an authentic Third World silver mine. This film portrays the new phenomenon of 'reality tourism,' whereby bored American or European travelers seek out real-life experiences as exciting tourist "adventures." The film follows a group of such international tourists as they visit the mines in Potosi--the poorest city in the poorest nation in Latin America--where Bolivian miners work by hand, just as they did centuries ago, to extract silver from the earth.

Courage of the People (El Corage de pueblo)

A dramatic reenactment of the historic 1967 massacre of "The Night of San Juan" when the Bolivian army launched a surprise nighttime attack upon striking tin miners and their families. 1971. 90 min.

Death of Che Guevara (La Muerte del Che Guevara).

A dramatization of the capture and death of the guerillero who shook the world with his revolutionary ideas. Che's own diary is the background for scenes of guerilla life. Che and nine of his men are the only ones left, hunted by a force of specially trained rangers they cannot hope to evade. Italian motion picture filed in Boliva. In Spanish. 80 min.

El Dia que me quieras: un numero infinito de cosas

Investigating death and the power of photography, this film is a meditation on the last picture taken of Che Guevara, as he lay dead on a table, surrounded by his captors. The photograph, taken by Freddy Alborta in 1967, has been compared to Mantegna's Dead Christ and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Professor Tulp. The film, a montage of Alborta's memories of that day, his photographs and rare newsreel footage of the event, is an attempt to deconstruct the myth of Guevera. 1997. 30 min.
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El Hacedor de Estrellas

A video poem dedicated to the "afiladores ambulantes de cuchillos" (intinerant knife sharpeners) of Bolivia. In Spanish. PAL format. 6 min.

Ernesto Che Guevara: The Bolivian Diary.

Documentary based on Guevera's diary of his futile 11-month attempt to spark a revolution in Bolivia in 1967. 95 min.

Ernesto Che Guevara: Una Trilogia Sobre el Comandante

Three films produced in Cuba using historical film footage, which celebrate the life and political philosophy of the Latin American guerrilla fighter, Ernesto Guevara. Che: guion y direccion, Miguel Torres (68 min.) -- Una foto recorre el mundo: direccion, Pedro Chaskel; guion, Pedro Chaskel y Fedora Robles (13 min.) -- Hasta la victoria siempre: guion y direccion, Santiago Alvarez (20 min.). In Spanish. 2000. 101 min.

In the Shadow of the Incas

The history of ancient Andean Indian cultures in Peru and northern Bolivia is revealed by examining the archaeological evidence which remains at various sites. Sites visited include Macchu Picchu (Peru), Tiahuanaco (Bolivia), and Cerro Sechin (Peru). Dist.: Films Media Group. 1989. 43 min.

Looking for the Revolution (Why Democracy? Series)

A look at the administration of Evo Morales Ayma, an ex-coca leaf farmer and the first indigenous President of Bolivia. Focuses especially on his socialist reforms, including the nationalization of the Bolivian oil industry and agrarian reforms. Directed, filmed and produced by Rodrigo Vazquez. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 53 min.

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