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South America

A Quiet Revolution: Christian Base Communities of Latin America.

Documents the efforts of Christian base communities, small groups of poor and marginalized people in Latin America, which work to allievate hunger, disease, unemployment, and other critical problems through the application of biblical principles. Profiles successful community efforts in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. 1987. 58 min.

A Soldier's Duty.

Nations facing the threat of foreign military invasion or insurrection from within are often those where democracy is in its most fragile state. This program explores the situation in three countries where democracy has been at various times, under fire: Argentina, France and Israel. 1989. 57 min.

A Story of Two River Banks

Examines the dispute between Argentina and Uruguay concerning the construction of pulp mills on the Uruguay River. As a diplomatic, economic, and public relations conflict between both parties, the dispute has affected tourism and transportation as well as the otherwise amicable relations between the two countries. This documentary features footage of the massive protest that blocked the international Libertador General San Martin Bridge (between Gualeguaychu and Fray Bentos) on 30 April 2005. The do Directed by Cristian Jure. 2006. 58 min.

A Tango Story (Si sos brujo: una historia de tango)

A moving documentary following the quest of Ignacio, a young Argentine musician who races to find legendary maestros from tango's golden age (now men in their eighties) in order to save the almost lost oral transmission of style before the secrets of the real tango are gone forever. Includes performances by tango maestros Leopoldo Federico, Jose Libertella, and Atilio Stampone. Director, Caroline Neal. 2005. 79 min.

A voz da ponta: a Favela vai ao Forum

Presents community leaders from Rio De Janeiro slums participating in the third World Social Forum to discuss social issues. The community leaders are part of Congesco (Community Managers Council), a social movement comprised of 60 members from various slums throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro. The goal of Congesco is to promote and develop social activities from within their communities to improve their quality of life. This film shows the financial struggle of these community leaders to attend the event. A film by Daniela Broitman & Fernando Salis.

Abolicao.

An examination of the history of slavery in Brazil and the current racial situation of Black Brazilians on the 100th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. Examines the contemporary political, economic, social and cultural issues faced by Black Brazilians through interviews with musicians, politicians, activists, people in government, ambassadors, social workers, sport stars, actors, street kids, farmers and others. 1988. 61 min. each installment. Dist: ArtMattan. -5783

Actas de Marusia.

The chronicle of the repression exercised by an English company over a small Chilean town whose inhabitants are determined to win the minimal human rights due to them as workers and citizens. 1985. 90 min.

Afroargentinos.

Reveals the hidden history of black people in Argentina and their contributions to Argentine culture and society, from the slaves who fought in the revolutionary wars against Spain, to the contemporary struggles of black Argentines against racism and marginalization. The film provides a counternarrative to the national myth of Argentina's exclusively European heritage. c2002. 75 min.

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.

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. ;

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