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Los Diarios del Che.

Documentary based on the personal journals kept by Che Guevara during his years as a guerrillero. Readings from Che's journals are accompanied by images of the Bolivian countryside and of the people in the revolution. Interviews of eyewitnesses, including military officials involved in the fighting and in the search for and capture of Guevara, shed light on the turmoil of those times. In Spanish. 51 min.

Mined to Death

Depicts the lives and work of miners in Potosi, Bolivia, who extract silver, zinc, and lead from the same mountain their ancestors mined five centuries ago. Documents how the mine is central to life in Potosi and how tourism in the region promises to bring in additional revenue to compensate for the 'dying' mountain. Written, produced and directed by Regina Harrison. 2005. 41 min.
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Moxos Mitico.

An anthropological documentary film examining the history, customs and environment of the Mojo Indians living in Moxos, Bolivia.1984. In Spanish. PAL format. 19 min.

Our Brand is Crisis

Follows James Carville, Jeremy Rosner and a team of political consultants as they launch a media-savvy campaign for Bolivian presidential candidate Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. With unprecedented access to think sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, witness a shocking example of America 'spreading democracy' overseas and its earth-shattering aftermath. Directed, produced and written by Rachel Boynton. 2005. 87 min.

Para la comunidad, desde la comunidad

A documentary about the use of video technology and television by indigenous peoples in Bolivia to represent their culture and the reality of their lives to a national and international audience, and to further their aim of political self-determination. The efforts portrayed in the documentary were partially spurred by the opportunities for reform presented by the Asamblea Constituyente which began in Bolivia in 2006.Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. A film by Mark Kendall. 2007. 14 min.

Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara?

On the 9th of October 1967, Sgt. Teran stepped into the room where Che Guevara was kept and shot him, ending Guevara's dream of uniting Latin America through armed revolution. The person who has been held responsible for betraying Guevara was his former lieutenant, Ciro Bustros. In this documentary Bustros tells his version of the events, combined with interviews with historians, former CIA agents and Bolivian army officers, raising questions about the historical accuracy surrounding Guevara's assassination. 2001. 60 min.

The Aymara: A Case Study in Social Stratification

This documentary explores the economic and social stratification of heterogeneous Northern Bolivia. The inequities of a sharp class division between the Spanish-speaking mestizos and the Aymara Indians of Bolivia is examined. 1983. 29 min. [preservation copy]

The Devil's Miner

The story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico (Potosi). Abandoning their Catholic beliefs, Cerro Rico miners believe that Satan, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the mines, determines whether they live or die there. A film by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. 2005. 82 min. AwardsAmerican Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Tyrants Will Rise From My Tomb, Bolivia

Examines the history, economy and politics of Bolivia, noting that the country has had 186 military governments in 150 years. Focuses on the personality of the country's founder, Simon Bolivar, and looks for reasons to explain Bolivia's ever present political ferment. 1986. 30 min. [preservation copy]