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Business & Economics in Latin America & the Caribbean

Leaving Home. (We Do the Work)

Examines the Mexico-U.S. Free Trade Agreement by looking at how workers on both sides of the border have been affected by the maquiladora program. Economists, free trade advocates, and Latino community leaders debate our free trade future. 199?. 60 min.

Maquila: A Tale of Two Mexicos (Emerging Powers)

This documentary presents the pros and cons of the maquiladora (or maquila) an export manufacturing program established by the Mexican Government and looks at industrialization in Mexico after NAFTA, considering low wages, working conditions, environmental and cultural impact. 2000. 55 min.

Maquilapolis (City of Factories)

Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. Carmen earns six dollars a day but she is not a victim. She is a dynamic young woman, busy making a life for herself and her children. In "Maquilapolis," Carmen and her friend Lourdes confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos, reaching beyond their daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer.

May Justice Be Done

By any standard Argentina was a very rich country until the 1970s, with competitive industries, modern agriculture, and a prosperous middle class, but by 2001, 21 out of 36 million people were living below the poverty level. This documentary traces the roots of the crisis back to the irresponsible lending policies of the international lending financial institutions. Instead of renegotiating the external debt through official channels via the Central Bank, government officials arranged deals directly with seven banks.

Mexico For Sale.

A documentary dealing with the mexican perspective on free trade. Documents the opposition to the actual trade pact from significant voices within the PRI, Academia, Labor, and the PRD. 1992. 45 min.

Mexico. (Emerging Powers)

Examines the rise of Mexico's economy, and the series of crises which led to economic collapse. Includes interviews with members of Mexico's finance community and its micro-business association CAME. Profiles include Rafael Fernandez-McGregor, who hopes to restore a vital rail link between Mexico and the U.S. and executives from Pemex, one of the world's most powerful oil companies. 1996. 50 min.

Mexico: High Price of Profit

The first segment examines the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and U.S. industry's search for cheap labor and manufacturing costs on health, the environment, labor and civil liberties in Mexico. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast August 25, 1993. 27 min.

NAFTA: A 3-way Tie for Last.

Examines the "unheard voices" of the debate centering around the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, U.S. and Mexico. Presents the concerns of Canadian, American and Mexican workers, native Americans, farmers and environmentalists who perceive NAFTA to be a "dangerous" trade policy. 1993. 28 min.

Portrait of the Caribbean.

A seven hour BBC series done 1992 that explores this region's past, present and future. The cultures and peoples of the Caribbean are increasingly influenced by the culture of North America. See GLADIS/MELVYL using long display format for more information. c1992. - 3195

Profit and Nothing But!: or, Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle

A pertinent, and impertinent, exploration of the profit motive and its consequences on the day to day lives of people in underdeveloped countries, with particular reference to Haiti. The documentary's stark images of lives of the poor provide a striking backdrop for examination of "triumphant capitalism." 2001. 52 min.