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A Better Manana.

Describes how Belisario Betancur, the president of Colombia, is making an effort to fight the classic problems of South America including illiteracy, inequality, and foreign exploitation, as the camera tours the scenic countryside presenting a portrait of Colombia and its people. Visits a cockfight, a coffee plantation, mafia-owned elephants, and jungle commandos. 1987. 60 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.)

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.
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La Magia de lo Real.

Presents a literary biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian novelist and Nobel prize winner, through conversations with the author, his friends, and his critics. Examines the course of Garcia Marquez's life, the source of his plots and characters, and the forces that have engendered his narrative style. Traces his so-called magical realism, a blending of the real and the fantastic, to the cultural diversity of the Caribbean. Explores the history of Colombia. 1982. 60 min.

La Sierra

Thousands of people were killed in gang related violence in Colombia over the last ten years. This film profiles three young people living in La Sierra, a Medellin barrio which is controlled by paramilitaries known as the Bloque Metro. It chronicles their lives and their involvement in the conflict, and records the despair and poverty they experience, and the hope that the changes that are made will bring peace and a better life for them and their families. Directed and produced by Scott Dalton. 2005. 84 min.

Lines of Blood.

A powerful investigation of the drug war which is raging in Colombia. For almost a decade, the United States, backed by other Western countries, has tried to smash the wealthy drug cartels with little success. Coca growing has increased while murder and terrorism have become commonplace as drug cartels protect their territory. The film criticizes the rigidity of U.S. policy which pursues the trafficers, while ignoring the domestic social problems that create the demand. Extradition of drug traders to stand trial in the U.S.

Maria Cano

A biographical docudrama about Maria Cano, the Columbian poet and labor leader of the 1920s. The film portrays the work of union leaders Raul Eduardo Mahecha, Tomas Uribe Marquez and Ignacio Torres Giraldo, Cano's longtime friend and lover, showing her touring the country to help organize the workers in their struggle for reforms. [1990?] 102 min.

Never again (Nunca mas)

This documentary presents the stories of Afrocolombian peasants displaced from their land in the armed conflict between the Colombian Army, guerillas, and the right-wing paramilitary in the communities of Uraba, Antioquia and Choco, Colombia. An important part of their story is the political mobilization with which they are petitioning the Colombian government to ensure that their ordeal is never repeated. 2001. 56 min.

Plan Colombia: Cashing-in On the Drug War Failure (Guerra anti-drogas o pro-petroleo?)

A 20-year "war on drugs" in Colombia has been paid for by American taxpayers. Still, more and more drugs and narco-dollars are entering the U.S. every year. Is it a failure by Washington? Or is it a smokescreen to secure Colombia's oil and natural resources? 2003. 57 min.

Resistencia: Hip-hop in Colombia.

A radical and thought-provoking exploration of how young Colombians feel about the crisis afflicting their country. The film follows a summer in the lives of some of Colombia's finest rappers, DJs and breakdancers. The film is a good introduction for anyone interested in Colombia's long-running civil war, as seen through the eyes of those directly affected by it. It also gives an intimate insight into life in the barrios of a very volatile country, and how traditional latino music is losing out to rap music. Its style is youthful and entertaining, but also angry and enlightening.