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The Caribbean

9 Artists of Puerto Rico (Nueve artistas de Puerto Rico)

A visit to the studios of Puerto Rico's most prominent contemporary artists including Lorenzo Homar, Julio Rosado del Valle, Olga Albizu, Rafael Villamil, Rafael Ferrer, Julio Micheli, Luis Hernandez Cruz, Edgardo Franceshi, and Jose Alicea. 1970. 16 min.

A Work-in-progress: Human Rights in Haiti

In a masterful blend of historical footage, interviews and artwork, this film presents the history of the Haitian people's struggle for their rights. After suffering under tyrants for decades, the Haitians finally elected Jean Bertrand Aristide who was overthrown by the military, but later returned. This film focuses on some of the victims of human rights violations and on the work of United Nations human rights observers who have been dispatched to Haiti to help establish a working democracy.

Ache Moyuba Orisha: Sabre la Santeria Cubana.

An indepth examination of the Syncretism religion, an amalgum of Catholic symbolism and Yoruban African piety, as it is practiced in Cuba. In Spanish with English subtitles. 199-?. 42 min.

Afrocubanismo!

A celebration and study of the influence of Afrocuban culture on contemporary North American music. The program traces the origins of Afro-cuban music from West Africa to Cuba and the subsequent development of this unique music and dance alongside religion. Interviews and performances by Munequitos de Matanzas and Chucho Valdes provide insight to the significance of Afro-Cuban music and dance forms from Rhumba to the sacred music of Santeria. 53 min.

Aime Cesaire: A Voice for History.

The Vigilant Island. Part 1 of a 3 part series on the Martinique author, Aime Cesaire, introduces Cesaire, his wife Suzanne who founded in 1939 the seminal literary review, Tropiques, a journal which influenced Caribbean intellectuals and spawned the Negritude Literary Movement. After WWII, Cesaire served as mayor of Fort-de-France and Martinique's representative in the French National Assembly during the crucial years of decolonization. He discusses the difficulty of balancing the life of a poet with that of a practical politician for over 50 years. 1994. 54 min.

Aime Cesaire: Un nègre fondamental

A biography of the life and work of the African-Martinican francophone poet, author and politician. He was "one of the founders of the negritude movement in Francophone literature". Special features: Contient des images d'archives et aussi : entretien entre François Fèvre et Pierre Aliker (23 min), programme court Magnum, collection Empreintes. In French without English subtitles. 2007. 52 min.

Americas in Transition.

Focuses on American military intervention in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, and El Salvador. Discusses the roots of dictatorship, its effects on citizens, movements toward majority rule, and communist influences. 1982. 29 min.

Ana Mendieta.

Chronicles the life and work of Cuban artist Ana Mendieta. Includes an interview with the artist by Tony Martinez. Also includes interviews with he family, friends and colleagues. A videotape by Kate Horsfield, Nereyda Garcia-Ferraz, and Branda Miller. c1987. 52 min. Related web sites: Description from Women Make Movies catalog

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon (Developing Stories).

Using poetry, interviews, music, and clips from television shows, this film highlights the effects of American television broadcasts on local cultures in the Caribbean. The film looks at Cuba's attempts to produce locally-oriented broadcasting, and the response to this from the United States by introducing the anti-Castro station TV Marti. 1992. 50 min.
Related web sites:Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Aristide and the Endless Revolution

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former president of Haiti, was twice removed from office with the complicity of the international community. An investigation into the events that led to his most recent ouster, 'Aristide and the endless revolution' exposes the geopolitical intrigue, the economic alliances between the Haitian and U.S. elite, the armed criminals posing as freedom fighters and other factors that have consistently threatened this young democracy. A film by Nicolas Rossier. 2005. 60 min.

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