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South America

If I Go Totally Bananas: The Percussive Life of Cyro Baptista

Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his musician friend Romero Lubambo, discuss the personal role music plays for them in the celebration of their shared Brazilian culture. Baptista presents and plays a variety of percussion instruments. 2002. 14 min.

In Cane for Life (A vida em cana)

An environmental law has ruled that by 2015 practically all cane harvesting must be mechanized. This video portrays the daily routine of the 800,000 people in Brazil who cut sugar cane for a living. Directed by Jorge Wolney Attala. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 69 min.

In the Shadow of the Incas

The history of ancient Andean Indian cultures in Peru and northern Bolivia is revealed by examining the archaeological evidence which remains at various sites. Sites visited include Macchu Picchu (Peru), Tiahuanaco (Bolivia), and Cerro Sechin (Peru). Dist.: Films Media Group. 1989. 43 min.

Inca Cola

Documents how the Inca are the "invisible" city dwellers of modern Peru. Their ancestors created a self-sufficient agricultural society, but those skills have been lost in the migration to cities and hopeless poverty. Looks at their life in Lima and how some regard this as the center for a modern Inca revival. 1987. 30 min. [preservation copy]

International Ecocity Conference (4th: 2000: Curitiba, Brazil).

Features highlights from the April, 2000 conference in Curitiba, Brazil and includes many of the presentations as well as interviews with conference participants. International experts share their thoughts on the future of cities, people and the environment. Commentary: Jaime Lerner, Richard Register, Jeff Kenworthy, Dietmar Hahweg, Joan Bokaer, Paul Downton, Peter Berg, Mauricio Andres Ribeiro, Cleon Ricardo dos Santos. 2000. 42 min.

Inundados de Santa Fe 2003

Looks at the floods of 2003 in the Argentine province of Santa Fe which have caused extensive damage to families and property and at protests by local people and organizations against the Argentine government's lack of response to the crisis. 2003. 25 min. In Spanish. PAL format.

Isle of Flowers (Ilha das Flores)

A humerous but ultimately bitter film from Brazil about values, the food chain, and the poverty that requires people to search for food in garbage. Director, Jorge Furtado. 1989. 13 min. [preservation copy]

It Happened in Hualfin (Ocurrido en Hualfin)

This trilogy of short films presents an emotionally moving examination of the generational cycle of poverty of indigenous workers in Catamarca, Argentina. Gleyzer's student thesis film. Directed and edited by Raymundo Gleyzer. 1966. 50 min.

It's All True

Welles' ambitious film project in Brazil for the United States' anti-Nazi "Good Neighbor Policy" was shelved by RKO. This documentary features the story of the film's making and unmaking and includes portions of "Story of Samba (Carnaval)", "My friend Bonito" and all of "Four men on a raft" which was the only part of the project completed. The story of Samba (Carnival) / writer, Robert Meltzer; cinematographer, Harry J.

Jane Moroita: Our Celebrations.

The filmaker, a member of the Waiapi tribe of Brazil, demonstrates the use of videotape to record and preserve the "image" of the Waiapi culture. Three tribal celebrations are shown with running commentary by the filmaker. 1995. 33 min.