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Latin American Studies

Argentina: trastienda de una eleccion: campana presidencial Octubre 1999

A look at the changes in political campaigns in Argentina since the early 1980's, focusing on the presidential election of 1999. The role of television advertising and the influence of United States political campaigns is examined through interviews, film clips and political advertisements. PAL format. In Spanish. 39 min.

Argentinazo: comienza la revolucion.

Film shows demonstrations and riots during the 19th and 20th of December 2001, which lead to the resignation of Argentine president Fernando de la Rua. 2002. 19 min. In Spanish. PAL format.

Argentinisima.

Inspired by the lyrics of the folk musical group Atahuapa Yupanqui, an imaginary trip is begun, which alternates between fiction and history, to show the regional variety of the folk music of Argentina. Companion text: Trastienda de una eleccion. 2000. 1988. 95 min.

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.

Art and Revolution--Mexico

Nowhere but in Mexico has history been painted as superbly; nowhere else have outspokenly polemical painters, like Rivera and Siqueiros, produced such great art. The art of revolution and the revolution of art seem, in this time and place, to have nurtured one another. For in Latin America, art and literature are the shared possessions of all social and educational levels. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1982. 51 min.

Art of Darkness.

The slaves of the Caribbean contributed not only to the wealth of their masters, but also to the cultural heritage of the British Empire. Documented through letters, paintings and poetry, the eighteenth century is shown to be both an age of high culture and of cruelty. Film shows how the art of the period romanticized the servitude of the plantation blacks as they were depicted as precious, exotic ornaments, even as they were being brutalized in real life. 1987. 52 min.

Art of Haiti: The Primitive Painters

Explores Haiti's modern art movement, a fusion of Haiti's African roots, French Colonial past and present day coexistence of voodoo and Catholicism. Juxtaposes scenes of contemporary Haiti with paintings of such artists as Rigaud Renoit, Andre Pierre, and Hector Hippolite. c1983. 26 min. Assistance mortelle = Fatal assistance

Arte Religioso.

A documentary on Christian art and how it has influenced the culture of Argentina. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? 23 min.

As ilhas Atlanticas e o Brasil

Presents the cultural heritage, current social customs and history of the Atlantic islands of Brazil with particular emphasis on the cultural influence of the slave trade. In Portuguese. 2000. 56 min.

Asalto al sueno

Documentary on the thousands of people who leave their impoverished Central American countries to get into the USA. By crossing the Northern border of Guatemala into Mexico they're embarking on one of the most dangerous migration routes in the world. In a small border town in the farthest South of Mexico migrants try to jump on a freight train that shall carry them to the US-border. But hardly anybody manages to make the 5,000 km trip. Already on the outset of their journey they get mugged by youth gangs and fall prey to corrupt border officials.

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