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Latin American Studies

A Tango Story (Si sos brujo: una historia de tango)

A moving documentary following the quest of Ignacio, a young Argentine musician who races to find legendary maestros from tango's golden age (now men in their eighties) in order to save the almost lost oral transmission of style before the secrets of the real tango are gone forever. Includes performances by tango maestros Leopoldo Federico, Jose Libertella, and Atilio Stampone. Director, Caroline Neal. 2005. 79 min.

A voz da ponta: a Favela vai ao Forum

Presents community leaders from Rio De Janeiro slums participating in the third World Social Forum to discuss social issues. The community leaders are part of Congesco (Community Managers Council), a social movement comprised of 60 members from various slums throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro. The goal of Congesco is to promote and develop social activities from within their communities to improve their quality of life. This film shows the financial struggle of these community leaders to attend the event. A film by Daniela Broitman & Fernando Salis.

A Work-in-progress: Human Rights in Haiti

In a masterful blend of historical footage, interviews and artwork, this film presents the history of the Haitian people's struggle for their rights. After suffering under tyrants for decades, the Haitians finally elected Jean Bertrand Aristide who was overthrown by the military, but later returned. This film focuses on some of the victims of human rights violations and on the work of United Nations human rights observers who have been dispatched to Haiti to help establish a working democracy.

Abolicao.

An examination of the history of slavery in Brazil and the current racial situation of Black Brazilians on the 100th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. Examines the contemporary political, economic, social and cultural issues faced by Black Brazilians through interviews with musicians, politicians, activists, people in government, ambassadors, social workers, sport stars, actors, street kids, farmers and others. 1988. 61 min. each installment. Dist: ArtMattan. -5783

Ache Moyuba Orisha: Sabre la Santeria Cubana.

An indepth examination of the Syncretism religion, an amalgum of Catholic symbolism and Yoruban African piety, as it is practiced in Cuba. In Spanish with English subtitles. 1990. 42 min.

Actas de Marusia.

The chronicle of the repression exercised by an English company over a small Chilean town whose inhabitants are determined to win the minimal human rights due to them as workers and citizens. 1985. 90 min.

Adelina

Adelina, presidenta: This documentary looks at the challenges Adelina Rasgado Escobar faced during her three years in office as presidenta municipal of Asuncion Ixtaltepec, in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca (1999-2001) Contents: Encrucijada = Crossroads (2002, 4 min.) -- Adelina, presidenta = Adelina, president (2003, 30 min.) Directed by Julia Barco. 30 min.

Afroargentinos (Afroargentines).

Reveals the hidden history of black people in Argentina and their contributions to Argentine culture and society, from the slaves who fought in the revolutionary wars against Spain, to the contemporary struggles of black Argentines against racism and marginalization. The film provides a counternarrative to the national myth of Argentina's exclusively European heritage. 2002. 75 min.

Afrocubanismo!

A celebration and study of the influence of Afrocuban culture on contemporary North American music. The program traces the origins of Afro-cuban music from West Africa to Cuba and the subsequent development of this unique music and dance alongside religion. Interviews and performances by Munequitos de Matanzas and Chucho Valdes provide insight to the significance of Afro-Cuban music and dance forms from Rhumba to the sacred music of Santeria. 53 min.

Against the Grain: An Artist's Survival Guide to Peru

For every artist, the need to create and be heard is as basic as food and shelter. But what happens when you live in a country where the state clamps down on free thinkers, forcing artists to censure themselves? Four Peruvian visual artists defy this tyranny through their work inciting others to speak out. Directed and produced by Ann Kaneko. Dist.: New Day Films. 2008. 65 min.

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