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South America

El Crisis.

In 2001, Argentina was struck by a massive economic crisis. The turbulent period that followed saw five presidents come and go, millions of jobs lost, and a new labor movement emerge. This movie chronicles the faces and lives of a once flourishing nation now fallen from grace. Directed by Yamin Segal. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2004. 29 min.

El Dia que me quieras: un numero infinito de cosas

Investigating death and the power of photography, this film is a meditation on the last picture taken of Che Guevara, as he lay dead on a table, surrounded by his captors. The photograph, taken by Freddy Alborta in 1967, has been compared to Mantegna's Dead Christ and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Professor Tulp. The film, a montage of Alborta's memories of that day, his photographs and rare newsreel footage of the event, is an attempt to deconstruct the myth of Guevera. 1997. 30 min.
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El Eternauta

Comic strip artists of Argentina discuss their art while presenting samples of their comic stips with their commentary. 1993. 25 min.

El Hacedor de Estrellas

A video poem dedicated to the "afiladores ambulantes de cuchillos" (intinerant knife sharpeners) of Bolivia. In Spanish. PAL format. 6 min.

El Mar y los Dioses

An extensive journey to the coastal areas of Peru, on the shores and under the water to view the exotic beauty of Peru's coastal shores, colonies of marine mammals, birds and the undersea life. The filmmakers also explore the legends of early Peruvians concerning the sea and visit archaelogical sites along the Pacific Ocean beaches of Peru. In Spanish. 1997. 165 min.

El Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano

Part I traces the origins and development of the new cinema movement in the countries of Latin American from the early 1950s to the present and examines its political and social themes. In part II the political and cultural dimensions of the new cinema since the 1960s are explored in greater detail. Examines the new cinema's political concerns, its desire to give expression to the traditional cultures, national identities, and everyday experiences of Latin Americans, and the growing prominence of feminist cinema.

El Olvido (Oblivion)

Focuses on Peru's capital city of Lima, revealing its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty, and how many of its poorest citizens have survived decades of economic crisis, terrorism and government violence, denial of workers' rights, and political corruption.

El Valle del Fuego

A documentary exploring the peoples and wildlife of the Canon del Colca, situated among volcanoes and snow capped mountains in the Arequipa Province of Peru. The film examines the unique costumes and traditions of the Colla Indians as well as the plants, birds and animals in one of the oldest inhabited areas of the highlands of Peru. In Spanish. 1994. 120 min.

Encuentro de Hombrecitos.

Depicts the life of children in Lima, Peru who work in the streets as hawkers, grocery carriers or loaders. Some help their parents; others live in the streets. Few of them attend school. In Spanish. 198-?. 30 min.

Ernesto Che Guevara: The Bolivian Diary.

Documentary based on Guevera's diary of his futile 11-month attempt to spark a revolution in Bolivia in 1967. 95 min.

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