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South of the Border

Director Oliver Stone visits seven presidents in five countries in South America to gain some understanding about the political and social ideas and the revolutions, and to clear up how people view them. Includes interviews with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Argentinean president Cristina Kirchner, Cuban president Raul Castro, and more. Contents: Part 1. Media influence & perceptions on U.S. foreign policy? -- Part 2. Venezuela & Hugo Chavez -- Part 3. Bolivia & Evo Morales -- Part 4. Argentina & The Kirchners -- Part 5. Paraguay & Fernando Lugo -- Part 6.

Split Decision

Chronicles the rise of Jesus "El Matador" Chavez through the professional boxing ranks to number one contender for the World Championship when the U.S. government enacted two tough immigration laws that ordered the immediate deportation of all non-U.S. citizens with a criminal conviction. Despite his clear rehabilitation Jesus with a prior conviction for armed robbery, was deported to Mexico. A compelling documentary that exposes the failings of current immigration policy and questions the implications of the prevailing "tough-on-crime" and one-size-fits all criminal justice system. 2000.

Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella.

A film-portrait of the Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 where he made outstanding contributions to Latin popular music while maintaining his roots in traditional Afro-Cuban religious drumming. Film explores Aguabella's role both as a sacred drummer and a figure of historical influence in Latin Jazz, Pop and Fusion. Included are many interviews with musicians who have worked with him an have been influence by his music. Dist.: Flower Films. 35 min.

The Believers: Stories from Jewish Havana

With the coming of the Communist Revolution in 1959, many of Cuba's 15,000 Jews chose to leave. Most of the remaining religious people, known as "believers," tended to abandon their religious practice. Until recently, the once flourishing Jewish community was dwindling. In 1994, only about 1,300 Jews still lived in Cuba. This program presents interviews with Cuban Jews, chiefly attendees at Gran Sinogoga de la Comunidad Hebrea, Adath Israel, Shevet Achim and Centro Hebreo Sefaradi de Cuba. A video by Bonnie Burt. (SF International Latino Film Festival Collection). 1994. 16 min.

The Greening of Cuba.

Profiles Cuban farmers and scientists working to reinvent a sustainable agriculture, based on ecological principles and local knowledge rather than imported agricultural inputs. In their quest for self-sufficiency, Cubans combine time-tested traditional methods with cutting-edge biotechnology. In Spanish with English subtitles. A film by Jaime Kibben. c1996. 38 min.

The Lost Son of Havana

At age 67, former major league baseball star Luis Tiant has come back to Cuba, the island he had left at age 20 for a trip he thought would last a month and became nearly a half a century. But is this still home? What is home for an exile who becomes a star in his new land, leaving former teammates to play for their government and country in isolation and poverty? What is home for a man who never had a sister or brother and whose parents are dead? Writer/director, Jonathan Hock. 2009. 105 min.

The Truth About Fidel Castro Revolution

During the time Errol Flynn and Victor Pahlen lived in Havana operating a movie theater the revolution broke out. Sensing the import of history in the making, they grabbed their cameras to capture what they could for posterity. After the revolution, this film was screened at the Moscow Film Festival where it was the first time the Russian people had ever seen the face of Fidel Castro.

Three Cubans

In 1963 and 1964 Robert Cohen became the first U.S. filmmaker authorized by both the U.S. State Dept. and Cuban Foreign Ministry to travel to Cuba where he filmed the daily lives of middle and lower economic class Cubans. Returning to the U.S. he interviewed an upper economic class exile who, his aged parents remaining in Cuba, requested anonymity. Contents: The first Cuban: the exile (26 min.) -- The second Cuban: the revolutionary / Jose Garcia Nicolas (16 min.) -- The third Cuban: the worker / Francisco Consuegra Salgado (16 min.).


A film essay about two families in Havana, one white and one Afro-Cuban, who try to survive the economic and political restructing of their country. The elderly of both families have experienced the revolution, whereas the young generation is not so much tied to the old ideals. One of the questions the film raises is whether "TropiCola," which is the Cuban alternative for Coca-Cola, has a right to exist alongside Coke? A mix of documentary and drama portrays life in post-colonial Cuba as Cubans survive with creativity and invention. Written and directed by Steve Fagin. 1997. 135 min.

Urban Design and Planning in Havana, Cuba

Examines the social, political and geographic influences on what today is the largest collection of colonial architecture in the Americas by offering a guide to Havana's urban design through three periods: colonial, from 1519 to 1898; neo-colonial, from 1899 to 1958; and Revolutionary, from 1959 to the present day. 2001. 39 min.