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Latin American Studies

Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908-1992): Destina del Canto ("pienso, luego, exilio").

Presents a biography of Argentine musician and poet Atahualpa Yupanqui. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? (26 min.

Autocracy and Rebellion in Mesoamerica

Documentary film with dramatized segments describing the political behavior of Mesoamericans through a historical and cultural analysis of the cultural traits of autocracy and rebellion. Interviews with: Enrique Arrieta, Tomie S. Montgomery, Sonia Cansino, Miguel Huezo (Farabundo Marti Front), Roberto Canas (Farabundo Marti Front), Colonel Carlos Herrarte (Salvadorean Armed Forces) c1996. 42 min.

Awakening From Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997

This documentary highlights the activism of H.I.J.O.S.--a group made up of the sons and daughters of those killed or gone missing at the hands of the Argentine military between 1976 and 1983. Memories of the vanished generation, known as the Desaparecidos, have been kept alive by their surviving children (hijos), some of whom were merely days old when their parents disappeared. Until these young people began to organize and demand explanations from their government, the predominant coping strategy had been to pretend that the missing are still alive.

Bahia, Africa in the Americas.

Elements of African culture are powerfully expressed in the food, art, dance, and most importantly, the Candomble (Umbanda) religion of the Afro-Brazilian majority of the state of Bahia. 1988. 58 min.

Balseros

A gripping look at the daring escapes of seven Cubans and their families on homemade rafts in 1994 and their depressing U.S. destinations. The film presents Cuba in a negative but wistful light, a light that seems all the brighter when the battered Cubans begin their new lives as Americans. The little these people had in Cuba is eventually pined over when they must begin anew with nothing in the United States. 2002. 120 min.

Banking on Disaster.

A three part documentary filmed over a ten year period exposes the detrimental effects of deforestation interliked with roadbuilding and colonization in Rondonia, Brazil. Produced and directed by Adrian Cowell. 1989. 78 min. ;

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Battle of Chile: The Struggle of an Unarmed People Part 1: The Bourgeois Insurrection.

The first film in a two-part documentary on the fate of Allende's Popular Unity government filmed throughout Chile from February to September 1973. Part one examines the escalation of rightist opposition following the left's victory in Congressional elections held in March, 1973. Finding that parliamentary democracy would not stop Allende's socialist policies, the right-wing shifted its tactics from the polls to the streets. The film follows months of activity as a variety of increasingly violent tactics are used by the right to weaken the government and provoke a crisis.

Battle of Chile: The Struggle of an Unarmed People Part 2: The Coup.

The second film in a two-part documentary on the fate of Allende's Popular Unity government filmed throughout Chile from February to September 1973. Part two opens with the attempted military coup of June, 1973, which is put down by troops loyal to the government but everyone now realizes the final showdown is only a matter of time. The film shows a left divided over strategy, while the right methodically lays the groundwork for the military seizure of power.

Before Reggae Hit the Town.

Discussion of the roots of reggae and ska in the music and dance of Jamaica's traditional African religion, with scenes of religious ceremonies and sacrifices; also contains scenes of Rastafarians and their music. Filmed and recorded in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica. c1990. 22 min.

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