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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.

Aguas Sagradas: Exploracion de Cenotes y Rios Subterraneos en el Mundo Maya (Sacred Waters: An Exploration by Subterranean Rivers and Caverns in the Mayan World).

An exploration by subterranean rivers and caverns; a fantastic and enigmatic trip where natural treasures and the vestiges of the ancient Mayas lie. In this program a group of speleologists dive down to incredible depths through the cenotes that were ritual centers of the ancient inhabitants and also unique sources of water in this dry and arid region, where one of the greatest cultures of ancient times flourished. In Spanish with English subtitles. [1994?]. 60 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.

Alonso's Dream

Alonso lives in the Highland of Chenalho, where his community is filled with conflict due to the standoff between the Zapatista National Liberation Army that is demanding equal rights for the indigenous people of Mexico, and the Mexican Army. The film focuses on the impact the revolution and paramilitary violence have had on the daily lives of Mayan peasants in Chiapas, Chenalho and Acteal, Mexico. Directed by Daniele Lacourse, Yvan Patry. 2000. 71 min.
Related web sites: Description from Icarus Films catalog

Alsino y el Condor (Alsino and the Condor)

Set in Nicaragua, this film depicts the clash between Central American governments and Sandinista rebels. It is the story of a boy's dream of flying above the madness of the world around him. 1986. 89 min.

Amazon Journal

Presents a chronicle of political events in the Brazilian Amazon, beginning with the assassination of Chico Mendes in 1988 and ending with the massacre of Yanomami Indians in 1993. Analyzes the complex interaction between semi-isolated indigenous societies and "outsiders." Includes exclusive sequences of the events surrounding the massacre of a village, the demarcation of Kayapo Territory, and the rock star Sting's frank assessment of his own involvement in rain forest politics. A film by Geoffrey O'Connor. 1995. 58 min. ;

Amazonia, Voices From the Rain Forest.

Reviews the ecology of the rainforest, the indigenous indians attitudes towards the forest and their increasing concern for its protection as the fragile ecosystem is threatened with destruction by outside commercial developers. 1991. 69 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.
Related web sites:Description from Icarus Films catalog

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.

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