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South America

Free Markets for Free Men (Commodities; 5)

Discusses how commodity exchanges and futures markets developed, the risks involved and market speculation. Shows as an example how deterioration of trade terms between commodity buyers and producers has deepened Brazil's debt, despite international accords such as the International Coffee Agreement, designed to regulate trade and protect producer nations. 1986. 54 min.
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Free-for-All in Sarare.

More than six thousand gold and mineral prospectors have invaded the reserve of the Nambiquara of Sarare, Brazil and loggers in the regions raid their mahogany-rich forests, stealing wood which is becoming extinct in Amazonia. Only pressure on the World Bank, with whom the Government of Mato Grosso is negotiating a loan, could bring prospecting to a close. But the pillage of the forest continues. 198-?. 27 min.


Uruguayan author and political analyst, Eduardo Galeano, comments upon the history and social conditions of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, with particular emphasis on the people of Ecuador. In Spanish. 1990. 26 min.

Geraldo Off-Line. (Life; 2)

Geraldo da Sousa worked his way out of a shanty-town in Brazil into a job in a Ford car factory. Then he was told he no longer had a job because of the financial meltdown in faraway South East Asia. Was that just an excuse or the harsh reality of the new globalized economy? In this film, with the help of investigative journalist Jon Alpert, Geraldo sets out to find out. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.

Geraldo's Brazil. (Life; 4)

This film revisits Geraldo Da Souza, a worker at Ford in Sao Paolo, Brazil. In 1999, he was among 2000 workers laid off from his factory during the "international financial crisis." Life filmed him then in "Geraldo-off line," trying to work out the connection between the financial crises in Asia, Russia and Brazil and attempting to understand the personal impact of globalization.


The film describes the experience of a Peruvian Indian family that moves to Lima in search of work. Following the death of the father, Gregorio is expected to help support the family. As time passes, he becomes caught up instead in the street life of Lima. The use of Lima street children rather than actors gives the film the quality of a documentary. Primarily in Spanish with English sub-titles. 198-?. 58 min.

Grissinopoli: la nueva esperanza

Documentary on the takeover of the Grissinopoli factory in Argentina by women workers who reorganized it under employee ownership. 25 min. In Spanish. PAL format.

Habitacion disponible

Three immigrants living in Buenos Aires are in the midst of deep economic, political and social crisis in late 2001 and early 2002. They are constantly forced to rethink their movements and to think about who they were in their country of origin, where they are in this new land and what future their children have in this global village. Directed and written by Marcelo Burd, Diego Gachassin. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 80 min.

Hail Umbanda (Salve a Umbanda).

A documentary about Umbanda, Brazil's fastest-growing religion. Centers on the cult's pageantry and public festivals as well as its more esoteric, exotic, and rarely-seen ceremonies. Shot on location in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Fortazela, this film includes commentary by numerous authorities and practitioners, and it places Umbanda in the context of Brazil's turbulent history and its cultural and racial melting pot. 1988. 46 min

Hasta que se ponga el sol

Performances by: Arco Iris, Billy Bond y La Pesada, Color Humano, Claudio Gabis, Gabriela, Leon Gieco, Litto Nebbia con Domingo Cura, Orion's Beethoven, Pappo's Blues, Pescado Rabioso, Sui Generis, Vox Dei. Concert film of Buenos Aires Rock III (1972), featuring leading Argentine bands including Sui Generis, Arco Iris, Billy Bond y La Pasada and Color Humano. 80 min.