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Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America

Interviews with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, head of the Venezuelan Armed Forces Jorge Garcia Carneiro, and other Venezuelans involved in the country's social programs. Chavez discusses the "Bolivarian revolution," the policies of his administration, the role of oil in the Venezuelan economy and relations with the United States. Garcia Carneiro discusses the failed coup against Chavez in 2002. Directed by Alex Keeble. c2004. 55 min.

Chile, Obstinate Memory</a>

The director returns to Chile and visits with Chileans who experienced the coup first-hand (some of whom are seen in The Battle of Chile from 25 years ago). Survivors reminisce as they watch that film, recognizing lost comrades and recalling their courage, gaiety and love of life. Those who were not killed during the coup itself were crowded into the National Stadium in Santiago, where many were tortured, disappeared, and never seen again. Survivors talk about the terror that characterized the Pinochet regime until the dictator was finally obliged to relinquish power.

Chile: Defeat of a Dictator (Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict)

General Augusto Pinochet seized power in Chile in a 1973 military coup and banned political parties, closed newspapers, and spread fear throughout the country as disappearances, torture and imprisonment became common. In 1983, an economic crisis pushed many Chileans to oppose the dictator for the first time. Copper miners called for a nonviolent national protest day against Pinochet. Mainstream opposition parties re-ermerged after ten years and staged frequent non-violent demonstrations.

Chile: Hasta Cuando?

Expose of Pinochet's regime of terror in Chile, including interviews with people who have been terrorized by the government. Describes how student protestors have been tortured and killed by government police. Directed by David Bradbury. 1985. 56 min ;
Reviews and articles:
Ryan, Susan. "Chile: Hasta Cuando? An Interview with David Bradbury." Cineaste, vol. 16 no. 1-2. 1987-1988. pp: 76-77.

Chile: Promise of Freedom [Sound Recording]

A documentary and audio reflection on the September 11, 1973 military coup against the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende. It features the voices of historical participants who chronicle events surrounding the rise of the Allende-led Popular Unity Government, its violent overthrow by US-backed Chilean military forces and the coup's aftermath. Archival recordings include the attack on the presidential palace, Allende's speech before the UN, as well as remarks by Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. 61 min.

Chircales; Mas Alla de la Tragedia del Silencio.

Chircales / Fundacion Cine Documental; directors, Marta Rodriguez, Jorge Silva (1972, 42 min.) -- Mas alla de la tragedia del silencio / Esso Colombiana; Intercol y La Fundacion Patrimonio Filmico Colombiano; guion, montje, Joege Nieto, Luis Ospinao (1987, 25 min.)

Choropampa: The Price of Gold (El precio del oro)

On June 2, 2000, 151 kilograms of liquid mercury spilled from a truck hauling the mercury away from the Yanacocha goldmine in the Peruvian Andes. The spill covered a 25-mile long area, contaminating the small mountain villages Choropampa, San Juan, and Magdalena. The owners of the mine, a Peruvian company, the World Bank, and the Newmont Mining Corp. of Colorado, claim that the problem was quickly resolved, but hundreds of people still suffer the ill effects.

City in the Sand.

Tells of the establishment and development of Ville El Salvador, Peru. Focuses on the economic hardships, living conditions, and health problems, as well as on the progress being made. 1987. 30 min.

City Life.

Marta Suplicy is the new mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil who is determined to make Sao Paulo a sustainable 21st century global city. This program follows her as she visits schools, hospitals, favelas, and a shelter for battered women, in her quest to improve the living conditions of the city. 2001. 30 min.
Related web sites:Bullfrog Films catalog description

Coffee: The Gold of the Future.

Documentary about the history and importance of coffee trade in Colombia. English, Spanish with English subtitles. 1991. 55 min.
Related web sites:Description from Icarus Films catalog

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