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South America

Evita: la tumba sin paz

An investigation into the kidnapping, intrigues and unexplained wounds on the cadaver of Eva Peron. In Spanish. 1997. 52 min.


Explore a musical genre that combines African and Brazilian origins into a fusion of cinema, song, dance, and instruments. The film first traces the history of the fado form, then moves into a veritable concert of fado all-stars (or fadistas) including Mariza, Camane, Caetano Veloso, and others -- staged and filmed on a succession of elaborate sets such as a recreation of a period Lisbon bar. Saura also works in tributes to such past fado performers as Amalia Rodrigues and Chico Buarque.


A critical examination of the reasons for the guerrilla struggle of the Armed Forces of National Liberation in Venezuela, beginning with the 1958 overthrow of dictator Perez Jimenez, and the flawed attempts at social reform by Romula Betancourt's government, to the 1962 emergence of the national liberation movement, the FALN which, failing to gain the support of the nation's poor, largely dissipated by the end of the decade. Incorporating archival footage and original scenes, the film also draws parallels with American foreign policy in other countries, particularly Vietnam.

Favela Rising

Documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sa is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro's most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police.


Documentary film explores the squatter settlement slum areas, or favelas, of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Discusses the factors leading to their creation and their subculture. Interviews with social service workers and inhabitants of the favelas are interspersed with poetic narrative commentary on and photographic observation of life in the favelas. between 1986 and 1991. 50 min.

Fernando Is Back (Fernando ha vuelto)

Documents the workings of Chile's Identification Unit, which is comprised of doctors and specialists in anthropology and forensics. The unit attempts to identify the bodies of all the disappeared persons in Chile. Focuses on the identification of Fernando Olivares, the details of his death, and his family's reaction to the identification of his remains. (SF International Latino Film Festival Collection). 1998. 31 min.

Festive Land: Carnaval in Bahia

Examines one of the largest popular celebrations in the world, the week-long Carnaval that brings more than two million people to the streets of Salvador, the capital of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. Showcasing the unique cultural richness of Bahia, the film captures this unique cultural energy through footage of musical performances, dances, religious manifestations, and street celebrations. Throughout, the meaning of the carnival is interpreted and explained by performers, noted Brazilian artists and academics. c2001. 48 min.

Flames in the Forest.

Since the 1950's, the Amazon Indians of eastern Ecuador have bitterly resisted the invasion of international oil companies which, with the encouragement of the Ecuadorian government, seek to use the resource-rich region for intensive oil production. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1991. 52 min.

Following Antigone: Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights Investigations

Since 1984, the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) and other similar groups have helped families of human right victims to find, identify and bury the remnants of their loved ones and bring evidence to court. This documentary shows various aspects of the application of forensic sciences to human rights investigations.

For Richer, for Poorer.(Life; 5)

Examines the gulf between Brazil's rich and poor by traveling to favela Coliseu in Sao Paulo and assessing what progress has been made in eradicating poverty in the two and a half years under President Lula da Silva. In his election speech, he promised to improve education, to improve health, to make land ownership fairer and - most importantly - to fight poverty. But Brazil's business community believes rapid growth is what is needed to improve the country's economy and combat social inequality. Despite the gulf between rich and poor, extreme poverty is being reduced.