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Latin American Studies

Black Music of Brazil.

Street tour of Brazil including visits to ghettos of Rio, Samba schools preparing for Carnival and the African-rooted Bahia region. Includes interview with superstar Gilberto Gil, probing the political impact of his music, and performancesand conversation with other Brazilian performers. Finally there's The Capoeira dancers, performers of a unique martial arts dance which originated in Angola. Film surveys many styles of music of the country including Samba, bossa nova and others. 1990. 50 min.

Black Sugar.

Examines the mistreatment of Haitian laborers hired to cut sugar cane on plantations owned by the Dominican Republic State Sugar Council. Describes fraudulent recruitment promises, the practice of confiscating workers' official papers, extremely low wages, and the squalor, disease, and hunger of the work camps. 1989. 58 min.

Bolivian Blues. (Life, Part 27)

In Bolivia, 10% of children are undernourished and average school attendance is less than 7 years. Entrenched vested interests hamper foreign investments and its landlocked geography limits access to export markets. But there are signs of change. This program explores the success of a new initiative "Dialogo 2000: si se puede" designed to coordinate the work of donor agencies and focus outside aid on achieving real poverty reduction. c2000. 24 min.

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Border

An investigative documentary on the state of our southern border with Mexico. Dissatisfied with second-hand media coverage, Burgard and his camera team journeyed down to the U.S. Mexican border and, over a period of several months, interviewed Border Patrol agents, illegal immigrants, Minutemen, politicians, representatives of the ACLU and local ranchers to make a realistic assessment of just how porous our border had become. A film by Chris Burgard. 2005. 107 min.

Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration

The human and drug trafficking across the border between the United States and Mexico has been called "the illegal immigration invasion." This film looks at the lives of five American individuals affected by the rise in illegal immigration. The story is told through the eyes of those involved firsthand, prompting viewers to think about this issue on a personal level. Directed by Kevin Knoblock. c2006. 95 min.

Borderline Cases: Environmental Matters at the United States-Mexico Border

A documentary describing the consequences of 25 years of environmental neglect by factories along the U.S./Mexico border focusing on the cities of Brownsville, Matamoros, Tijuana, San Diego, Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. It chronicles the 5 year bi-national effort to craft remedies to the border's deteriorating environmental conditions by a diverse mix of people of both countries from grass-roots activists to government, academic and industrial leaders. c1997. 65 min. ;

Bossa Nova.

Music: Chega de saudade -- Wave -- Insensatez -- Corcovado -- Aguas de Marco -- Luiza -- Carota de Impanema. Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Nana Masconcelos, Paulinho da Viola, Gilberto Gil, Gerry Mulligan, Jon Pareles, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, Sergio Mendex, Clare Fischer, Bernard Lavilliers. A history of the origins and development of the Brazilian bossa nova.

Brasil: Sacredotistas, Sambistas y Mulatas. (Mujeres de America Latina; 2.)

One in a series that looks at Latin America through its women with interviews and on sight visits. This second program examines the lives of women in Brazil and the brutal life many must face as they struggle for survival for themselves and their children. In Portuguese. c1995. 60 min.

Bravo, Bread, & Circuses

Shows the importance of big stars and their fans in South America. Each star represents a facet of the South American character: A Colombian bullfighter embodies the "lordly Spaniard," while a black world champion boxer and the people of his village symbolize rebellion or the "Guerrilla." 1987? 60 min.

Brazil

This episode focuses on Brazil's Waiapi peoples who fight to maintain control over their lands. Excepts from Jeffrey O'Connor's film "At the Edge of Conquest, " offers a dramatic and intimate account of the Waiapi tribe's controntation with the Brazilian government in an attempt to secure permanent boundaries and to halt illegal mining procedures on their territory. The film concludes with examples of other indigenous peoples around the world who are fighting for land rights. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 13, 1995. 27 min.

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