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Latin American Studies

Asi Fue (So it went)

Documents the political issues and diverse views of the people of Nicaragua during the period surrounding the elections of 1984. Samples the campaigns of the seven contending political parties and isolates the recurring issues. 1986. 60 min.

Assistance mortelle (Fatal assistance)

Directed by former Haitian Minister of Culture Raoul Peck. After the massive earthquake that struck in January 2010, killing an estimated 250,000 and leaving 1.2 million homeless, a flood of aid and agencies arrived at Haiti's door. Some had an agenda to help, others had an agenda to protect their own assets and interests. Three years later, what state has this aid left the Haitian people in?

At the Edge of Conquest: The Journey of Chief Wai-Wai

Looks at the situation of the Waiapi Indians, a small isolated tribe that came in contact with the outside world in the late 1970's. Today they are threatened by gold miners, by the Brazilian government's proposal to reduce their land by 10% and a plan to construct a highway through their territory. This film focuses on their charismatic leader, Chief Wai-Wai as he travels from his remote village to Brazil's capitol hoping to shape the destiny of his people. 1992. 28 min.

Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908-1992): Destina del Canto ("pienso, luego, exilio").

Presents a biography of Argentine musician and poet Atahualpa Yupanqui. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? (26 min.

Autocracy and Rebellion in Mesoamerica

Documentary film with dramatized segments describing the political behavior of Mesoamericans through a historical and cultural analysis of the cultural traits of autocracy and rebellion. Interviews with: Enrique Arrieta, Tomie S. Montgomery, Sonia Cansino, Miguel Huezo (Farabundo Marti Front), Roberto Canas (Farabundo Marti Front), Colonel Carlos Herrarte (Salvadorean Armed Forces) c1996. 42 min.

Autocracy and Rebellion in Mesoamerica (Mesoamerican Cultural Code)

Interviews with: Enrique Arrieta, Tomie S. Montgomery, Sonia Cansino, Miguel Huezo (Farabundo Marti Front), Roberto Canas (Farabundo Marti Front), Colonel Carlos Herrarte (Salvadorean Armed Forces). Documentary film with dramatized segments describing the political behavior of Mesoamericans through a historical and cultural analysis of the cultural traits of autocracy and rebellion. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1996. 42 min.

Awakening From Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997

This documentary highlights the activism of H.I.J.O.S.--a group made up of the sons and daughters of those killed or gone missing at the hands of the Argentine military between 1976 and 1983. Memories of the vanished generation, known as the Desaparecidos, have been kept alive by their surviving children (hijos), some of whom were merely days old when their parents disappeared. Until these young people began to organize and demand explanations from their government, the predominant coping strategy had been to pretend that the missing are still alive.

Bahia, Africa in the Americas.

Elements of African culture are powerfully expressed in the food, art, dance, and most importantly, the Candomble (Umbanda) religion of the Afro-Brazilian majority of the state of Bahia. 1988. 58 min.

Balseros

A gripping look at the daring escapes of seven Cubans and their families on homemade rafts in 1994 and their depressing U.S. destinations. The film presents Cuba in a negative but wistful light, a light that seems all the brighter when the battered Cubans begin their new lives as Americans. The little these people had in Cuba is eventually pined over when they must begin anew with nothing in the United States. 2002. 120 min.

Banking on Disaster.

A three part documentary filmed over a ten year period exposes the detrimental effects of deforestation interlinked with road building and colonization in Rondonia, Brazil. 1989. 78 min.
Related web sites:Description of the video from Bullfrog Films catalog
Full-text review from:ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

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