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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.

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.

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.
web web sites:Description of the video from Bullfrog Films catalog
Full-text review from:ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Battle of Chile: The Struggle of an Unarmed People Part 1: The Bourgeois Insurrection.

The first film in a two-part documentary on the fate of Allende's Popular Unity government filmed throughout Chile from February to September 1973. Part one examines the escalation of rightist opposition following the left's victory in Congressional elections held in March, 1973. Finding that parliamentary democracy would not stop Allende's socialist policies, the right-wing shifted its tactics from the polls to the streets. The film follows months of activity as a variety of increasingly violent tactics are used by the right to weaken the government and provoke a crisis.

Battle of Chile: The Struggle of an Unarmed People Part 2: The Coup.

The second film in a two-part documentary on the fate of Allende's Popular Unity government filmed throughout Chile from February to September 1973. Part two opens with the attempted military coup of June, 1973, which is put down by troops loyal to the government but everyone now realizes the final showdown is only a matter of time. The film shows a left divided over strategy, while the right methodically lays the groundwork for the military seizure of power.

Before We Knew Nothing: With the Ashaninka of Eastern Peru

A portrait of the life and culture of the Ashaninka (also called the Campa), who inhabit the Amazon rainforest of eastern Peru, as well as a profound reflection on the experience of living and filming among people who continue to resist acculturation. Filmmaker, Diane Kitchen, spent seven months living with the Ashaninka. Her camera reveals the activities of men and women, the lush tropical environment, and the emotional climate of daily life. 1989. 62 min.

Benedita da Silva

Documentary on Benedita da Silva, the first Black woman Senator in Brazil. As a resident of the Chapeu Mangueira slum in Rio de Janeiro, she ran for office and was elected federal representative in 1986 and ran again for re-election in 1990. This is her story along with her views on social conditions in Brazilian and on the Brazilian political process today. Directed by Eunice Gutman. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1990. 30 min.

Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow

Multinationals are working to extract billions of dollars of oil reserves from beneath Ecuador's rainforest. This film documents the environmental and social impact the EnCana Corporation is having on Ecuador as they build a heavy crude pipeline from the Amazon, across the Andes, to the Pacific coast. Also looks at the relationship between EnCana and the government of Eduador. Directed, produced and written by Nadja Drost. 2005. 66 min.
web web sites:Description from Icarus Films catalog

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