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Latin American Studies

Bitter Cane.

This expose takes an in-depth look at the history and modern day realities of Haiti. Shows how the traditional system of semi-feudal agriculture is being replaced by foreign-owned modern plantations and an industrial sector where hundreds of factories are mushrooming around the capital, enticed by tax incentives and cheap labor. The exploitation of labor reinforces the class system and economic underdevelopment of the country. Includes interviews with peasants, landowners, merchants, and U.S. businessmen and touches on the consequences for U.S. workers and Haitian refugees.

Bitter Memories (Amargos Recuerdos)

Filmed during the exhumation, in northern Huehuetenango, of Guatemalans massacred by the military in 1982, this videotape features interviews with survivors and family members of those killed, as well as Mayan ceremonies in honor of the dead. The exhumations were carried out in order to obtain information about the massacres and help in determining compensation for their victims. Dirigido y producido por Nefertiti Kelley Farias, Carlos Miguel Bazua Morales. (SF International Latino Film Festival Collection). 2000. 30 min.

Black & White in Exile

An in-depth documentary chronicling 30 years of Caribbean exile in the United States, focusing on Cuban and Haitian immigration and its impact on the host communities. The four main groups probed are Cuban exiles, Haitian exiles, resident whites and African Americans. Issues of equity are explored in terms of the government treatment of each group, the economic opportunities available, the political empowerment achieved and the inter-racial/cross-cultural hostilities, cooperation and ultimately, coalitions that developed.

Black & White in Exile

An indepth documentary chronicling 30 years of Caribbean exile in the United States, focusing on Cuban and Haitian immigration and its impact on the host communities. The four main groups probed are Cuban exiles, Haitian exiles, resident whites and African Americans. Issues of equity are explored in terms of the government treatment of each group, the economic opportunities available, the political empowerment achieved and the inter-racial/cross-cultural hostilities, cooperation and ultimately, coalitions that developed.

Black Bull (Toro negro)

Documentary on Fernando Pacheco Colli, "El Suicida", a young bullfighter who performs in the popular festivals of the small Mayan communities of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Follows Pacheco Colli's life in and out of the bullring, exploring his human passions and conflicts as well as his heavy alcohol and drug use. A film by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, Carlos Armella. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005? 89 min.

Black Music of Brazil.

Street tour of Brazil including visits to ghettos of Rio, Samba schools preparing for Carnival and the African-rooted Bahia region. Includes interview with superstar Gilberto Gil, probing the political impact of his music, and performancesand conversation with other Brazilian performers. Finally there's The Capoeira dancers, performers of a unique martial arts dance which originated in Angola. Film surveys many styles of music of the country including Samba, bossa nova and others. 1990. 50 min.

Black Sugar.

Examines the mistreatment of Haitian laborers hired to cut sugar cane on plantations owned by the Dominican Republic State Sugar Council. Describes fraudulent recruitment promises, the practice of confiscating workers' official papers, extremely low wages, and the squalor, disease, and hunger of the work camps. 1989. 58 min.

Bolivian Blues. Life, Part 27

In Bolivia, 10% of children are undernourished and average school attendance is less than 7 years. Entrenched vested interests hamper foreign investments and its landlocked geography limits access to export markets. But there are signs of change. This program explores the success of a new initiative "Dialogo 2000: si se puede" designed to coordinate the work of donor agencies and focus outside aid on achieving real poverty reduction. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.

Border

An investigative documentary on the state of our southern border with Mexico. Dissatisfied with second-hand media coverage, Burgard and his camera team journeyed down to the U.S. Mexican border and, over a period of several months, interviewed Border Patrol agents, illegal immigrants, Minutemen, politicians, representatives of the ACLU and local ranchers to make a realistic assessment of just how porous our border had become. A film by Chris Burgard. 2005. 107 min.

Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration

The human and drug trafficking across the border between the United States and Mexico has been called "the illegal immigration invasion." This film looks at the lives of five American individuals affected by the rise in illegal immigration. The story is told through the eyes of those involved firsthand, prompting viewers to think about this issue on a personal level. Directed by Kevin Knoblock. c2006. 95 min.

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