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South America

Canto a lo poeta (Poet Song)

This documentary explores the roots and the social significance of the oral tradition known as Canto a lo Poeta as an expression of Chilean identity. Directed by Maria Jose Calderon. c2008. 70 min.

Canudos Revisited.

Traces the history of the town of Canudos, Brazil, from its rise as the center of Antonio Conselheiro's millenialist preachings to the massacre during the "Insurrection" of 1897 to its modern incarnation as Nova Canudos, examining the social factors underlying the conflict and its description by Cunha in his Os sertoes. Directed by Robert M. Levine and John B. Gray. 1990. 23 min.

Capoeira Bahia.

Dance master Bira Almeida and his students demonstrate various forms of the Capoeira, a unique martial arts dance developed in Brazil by African descendants 400 years ago. Includes historical segments of performances by Capoeira dancers plus instruction in basic movements of the dance. 1983. 70 min. [preservation copy]

Caracas, the informal city Caracas, The Informal City

Over the last decade, Caracas, the most violent megacity on the South-American continent, has drawn in millions of migrants. Now more than four out of its six million inhabitants live in self built constructions in the barrios where only the laws of the strong rule. This is the first documentary to tell the inside story of these new informal urban developments. Through Caracas, as a prototype, the film explores the exploding urbanization witnessed on the African, Asian and South-American continents -- and the great debate over globalization, architecture and the future of society.

Carbon Hunters

As the U.S. Congress considers new legislation that would have them pay for making pollution, American companies are looking to the Brazilian Amazonian rain forest for an increasingly valuable commodity - carbon. Originally broadcast on PBS (Frontline) on May 11, 2010.

Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business

Using archival footage, film fragments, interviews, and dramatic re-enactments, acclaimed director Helena Solberg goes behind-the-scenes to convey the true life story of the "Brazilian Bombshell," singer and actress Carmen Miranda. 1996. 90 min. ; also on VHS

Carnaval: Adios a la Carne.

Presents a documentary concerning a religious festival held by the people of Humahuaca, Argentina. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? 27 min.

Carnival in Q'eros

Shows the remarkable carnival celebrations of a remote community of Quechusa Indians high in the Peruvian Andes. The Q'eros play flutes and sing to their alpacas in a ritual to promote the animals' fertility. The film shows how the music evolves from individual, to family, to ayllu, to community, a structure of spiritual activity distinct from the structure of kinship.

Cartoneros

Follows the paper recycling process in Buenos Aires from the trash pickers who collect paper informally through middlemen in warehouses, to executives in large corporate mills. The process exploded into a multimillion dollar industry after Argentina's latest economic collapse. The film is both a record of an economic and social crisis and an invitation to audiences to rethink the value of trash. Written and directed by Ernesto Livon-Grosman. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2007.

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