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Peru

A Quiet Revolution: Christian Base Communities of Latin America.

Documents the efforts of Christian base communities, small groups of poor and marginalized people in Latin America, which work to allievate hunger, disease, unemployment, and other critical problems through the application of biblical principles. Profiles successful community efforts in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. 1987. 58 min.

Against the Grain: An Artist's Survival Guide to Peru

For every artist, the need to create and be heard is as basic as food and shelter. But what happens when you live in a country where the state clamps down on free thinkers, forcing artists to censure themselves? Four Peruvian visual artists defy this tyranny through their work inciting others to speak out. Directed and produced by Ann Kaneko. Dist.: New Day Films. 2008. 65 min.

Before We Knew Nothing: With the Ashaninka of Eastern Peru

A portrait of the life and culture of the Ashaninka (also called the Campa), who inhabit the Amazon rainforest of eastern Peru, as well as a profound reflection on the experience of living and filming among people who continue to resist acculturation. Filmmaker, Diane Kitchen, spent seven months living with the Ashaninka. Her camera reveals the activities of men and women, the lush tropical environment, and the emotional climate of daily life. 1989. 62 min.

Caminos de Liberacion.

A documentary which examines the religious practices and works of a socially committed sector of the Catholic Church in Peru. Interviews with priests complement footage of their work as they struggle to serve their congregations within a context of poverty, violence and injustice. In Spanish. 198-?. 20 min.

Carnival in Q'eros

Shows the remarkable carnival celebrations of a remote community of Quechusa Indians high in the Peruvian Andes. The Q'eros play flutes and sing to their alpacas in a ritual to promote the animals' fertility. The film shows how the music evolves from individual, to family, to ayllu, to community, a structure of spiritual activity distinct from the structure of kinship.

Choropampa: The Price of Gold (El precio del oro)

On June 2, 2000, 151 kilograms of liquid mercury spilled from a truck hauling the mercury away from the Yanacocha goldmine in the Peruvian Andes. The spill covered a 25-mile long area, contaminating the small mountain villages Choropampa, San Juan, and Magdalena. The owners of the mine, a Peruvian company, the World Bank, and the Newmont Mining Corp. of Colorado, claim that the problem was quickly resolved, but hundreds of people still suffer the ill effects.

City in the Sand.

Tells of the establishment and development of Ville El Salvador, Peru. Focuses on the economic hardships, living conditions, and health problems, as well as on the progress being made. 1987. 30 min.

Dancing with the Incas

Explores the lives of three Huayno musicians in a contemporary Peru torn between the military and the Shining Path guerrillas. The film examines the roots of Huayno music as well as its contemporary forms. Rather than focusing on a single community or ethnic group, the film investigates a broad cultural region and illustrates what happens to it as it confronts the commercial traditions and demands of the West. Camera, directed and produced by John Cohen. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 1991.

Eduardo the Healer

Presents the life and philosophy of Eduardo Calderon, a Peruvian folk healer. Includes his methods of diagnosis and a curing ceremony. Director, Richard Cowan. 1978. 54 min.

El Mar y los Dioses

An extensive journey to the coastal areas of Peru, on the shores and under the water to view the exotic beauty of Peru's coastal shores, colonies of marine mammals, birds and the undersea life. The filmmakers also explore the legends of early Peruvians concerning the sea and visit archaelogical sites along the Pacific Ocean beaches of Peru. In Spanish. 1997. 165 min.

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