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South America

Destination: Paraguay

In this video trip to Paraguay, viewers gain insights into rural and urban life in Paraguay and Peace Corps activities there. 1995. 20 min.

Deuda

Deuda is a documentary explaining the origin of the Argentina debt and a story of a frantic pursuit: the search for those responsible for the televised cry of hunger of Barbara Flores, an eight-year-old Argentinean girl. This investigative documentary is both tragic and satirical. A film by Jorge Lanata, Andres G. Schaer. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2004. 88 min.

Distantes [pelicula]: Isla Chaullin

On the island Chaullin in Chile, there are no tourists. There is no potable water and no electricity either. This remote and rainy island has twenty families, mostly supported by fishing, and this intimate documentary follows the lives of these people. A film by Felipe Correa, Mauricio Garcia, Sebastian Melo. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 56 min.

Doing the Right Thing.

Porto Alegre, the capital of Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, was once an ordinary, dirty, Brazilian port city. Through a direct democracy program known as the "participatory budget," transformation has taken place, including a fallen unemployment rate, an excellent public transportation system, and the dramatic improvement of poor neighborhoods. This program traces the experiences of two women, both born in poor slum areas, who have risen through this program as neighborhood leaders. 2001. 30 min.

Ecuador: Divided Over Oil(What in the World? People of the Developing Nations)

The Ecuadoran government granted Burlington Oil a contract to explore and exploit oil in the Achuar Indian territory without consulting with the Achuar. The Achuar are opposed to the oil company's presence in their land. President Lucio Gutierrez is threatening to control the area militarily if the Achuar do not cooperate. The Achuar are attempting to evict the oil company by suing them for environmental damage to their land, which has contaminated drinking water, killed crops and game, and caused health problems among the Achuar.

Eduardo Galeano. Vol. I (Lannan Literary Videos; 47)

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay author Eduardo Galeano is also a journalist, essayist, historical and political activist. Here he reads from his works Walking Words, the Book of Embraces, and his best known work Memory of fire followed by an interview with Michael Silverblatt.The reading took place on May 23, 1995 in Los Angeles. Lannan Foundation. 90 min.

Eduardo Galeano: Readings and Conversations (Lannan Literary Videos; 75)

Uruguayan author and political activist Eduardo Galeano has written passionately about the effects of imperialist exploitation and the violence in Latin American society. Here Mr. Galeano reads from his trilogy, Memory of fire, followed by an interview with author Lawrence Weschler. Recorded on April 22, 1999. Dist.: Lannan Foundation. 84 min.

Eduardo the Healer

Presents the life and philosophy of Eduardo Calderon, a Peruvian folk healer. Includes his methods of diagnosis and a curing ceremony. Director, Richard Cowan. 1978. 54 min.

El Charanguero.

A documentary tribute to the Argentinian Indian musician, Jaime Torres, the world's foremost performer on the charango (a stringed Andean instrument). Includes live performances of charango music and a ritual to Pachamama (Mother earth) by the indigenous people of the Quebrada in Northern Argentina along with dances and music, as well as dramatic concert footage. 1995. 56 min.

El comite: la toma del Penal Garcia Moreno

Film examines the complexity of day-to-day life at the Penal Garcia Moreno in Quito, Ecuador, a prison that has become a powerful symbol of "modernity." The film focuses on a riot, which took place on a visitation day on Dec. 8, 2004 during which 370 people were held hostage. Directed by Mateo Herrera. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 93 min.

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