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South America

Premio Nobel de la Paz--?

Documents the events of November 2003 when 3.5 million Venezuelans signed a petition for a Recall Referendum of Venezuelan President Hugo Chevez. In Feb. 2004, the National Electoral Council questioned the validity of 1.3 million of those signatures, resulting in civilian protests. The protests spread throughout the country, and so did the government's response, resulting in at least 15 deaths, over 200 persons wounded, over 500 prisoners, and dozens of people tortured. After three months of further obstacles, the signatures that had initially failed to be recognized were ratified.

Profit and Nothing But!: or, Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle

A pertinent, and impertinent, exploration of the profit motive and its consequences on the day to day lives of people in underdeveloped countries, with particular reference to Haiti. The documentary's stark images of lives of the poor provide a striking backdrop for examination of "triumphant capitalism." A Film by Raoul Peck. 2001. 52 min.
web web sites:Description from First Run Icarus catalog

Que Bom te Ver Viva

Interviews with women who survived torture and imprisonment for political offenses following the Brazilian military coup of 1968; interspersed with a fictional dramatization of the life of such a survivor. A film by Lucia Murat. 1989. 100 min. web web sites: Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Que sea rock

Performances by: Almafuerte, Arbol, Attaque 77, Babasonicos, Bersuit, Andres Calamaro, Catupecu Machu, Gustavo Cerati, Charly Garcia, Leon Gieco, Intoxicados, Fito Paez, Pappo, Las Pelotas, Los Piojos, Ratones Paranoicos, Gustavo Santaolalla, Le Vela Puerca. Shot at the Siempre Rock festivals, in the city of Cosquin, during the Pepsi Music festival at Obras Stadium and in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba, Santa Fe and Montevideo. This musical feature completes the trilogy including two classics of the genre "Hasta que se ponga el sol" (1972) y "Buenos Aires Rock" (1982).

Quechua (Disappearing World.)

The Quechua Indians live in the Andes Mountains, in an isolated part of Peru. Unlike many tribes in remote areas, they desperately want a road to link them with the outside world and its benefits, especially the tourist trade. 1990. 51 min. [preservation copy]

Quilombo Country

Provides a portrait of rural communities in Brazil that were either founded by runaway slaves or began from abandoned plantations. This type of community is known as a "Quilombo", from an Angolan word that means "encampment." As many as 2,000 quilombos exist today. Written, directed, photographed, and edited by Leonard Abrams. 2006. 75 min.

Ragin Epu Mapu: Voices of the Elders and the Youth

Documentary on the Mapuche people of Chile told through archival photographs and the testimonies and experiences of the elders and Mapuche youth. Also looks at the challenges faced by Mapuche who migrate to city environments in Chile. Directed and edited by Ariel Lopez. 2008. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 47 min.

Raul, The Terrible

In December 2001, the government of Argentina devalued the currency and froze Argentinians savings - pushing the middle class into the even larger pool of unemployed working poor. Raul fights to change the world. A film by David Bradbury. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2006. 53 min.

Reading by Eduardo Galeano & Sebastiao Salgado

Born in Uruguay, journalist, historian and activist, Eduardo Galeano lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for many years before returning to Uruguay. Sebastiao Salgado is a Paris based photojournalist who has documented the lives of Latin American peasants, diamond mine workers in Brazil and famine in Africa. Here both authors read from their works followed by an interview with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! Dist.: Lannan Foundation. 2001. 138 min.

Rebellion in Patagonia (La Patagonia Rebelde).

Film based on actual historical events involving the brutal military suppression of a series of strikes by rural workers in the southernmost province of Argentina in the early 1920's. 198-?. 64 min.