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South America

Resistencia: Hip-hop in Colombia.

A radical and thought-provoking exploration of how young Colombians feel about the crisis afflicting their country. The film follows a summer in the lives of some of Colombia's finest rappers, DJs and breakdancers. The film is a good introduction for anyone interested in Colombia's long-running civil war, as seen through the eyes of those directly affected by it. It also gives an intimate insight into life in the barrios of a very volatile country, and how traditional latino music is losing out to rap music. Its style is youthful and entertaining, but also angry and enlightening.

Returniong to Chile (Retornando a Chile)

Investigates the problems of identity and adjustments of youngsters who have recently returned to Chile after many years in exile with their parents. The children discuss their memories of the 1973 coup and their reactions to the widespread poverty and political repression in Chile today. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1988. 31 min.

Rio Blanco: The Story of the Farmer and the Mine

Filmmaker Michael Watts, joined by David McNulty and local journalist Nelson Penaherrera Castillo traveled to the mountains of northern Peru to document the local opposition to the Rio Blanco mine. This human rights documentary looks at the way local peoples in the developing world are often ignored and their rights trampled when lucrative minerals are found on their lands. 2008. 27 min.

Rio de Memorias (Light Memories of Rio).

Examines the history of photography in Brazil, dating from 1839, and simultaneously traces the history of the development of Rio de Janeiro as one of the world's major cities and a political and cultural center of Brazil. The film discusses the experiences of photographers of the period, showing the evolution of photography as an art and a trade with occasional dramatized scenes portraying developments in photographic equipment and techniques. Dist. Cinema Guild. 199-?. 33 min.

Ritual Encounter: The "Danzaq" in Huacana

Scissors dancers act as the intermediaries between the people of the Peruvian Andes and the gods of the mountains. This ethnographic documentary shows the 'dansaq' or dancers impersonating the 'Alacran', the 'Halcon' and the 'Paqary' who dance during the Quechua Water Festivity that coincides with the Catholic festivity honoring Saint Isidore, the Farmer. Presents the festival that took place in the district of Huacana, in the Province of Sucre in Ayacucho in July 1997.

Romances de terra et d'eau

This documentary is about landless farmers in northeastern Brazil who, with great dignity and tremendous humor, struggle for their economic survival, and to preserve the imaginative and regenerative power of their culture. For these farmers, descended from the native Indians, the "roca," the place where plants, vegetables and rice are grown, thereby assuring a family's future, could be paradise on earth if this land belonged to them.

Roots, Thorns: and Other Movements

This documentary, filmed among the Ashaninka people of Eastern Peru, explores the people's everyday life while contemplating their uncertainties and fears connected with both day-to-day living, and with Peru's current political turmoil. The focus of the film is the intimate relationship the people have with plants, animals, the land, the weather, and the jungle that surrounds them. c1993. 23 min.

Runa, Guardians of the Forest (Sachata hulhuac runa)

Describes the Amazon rain forest area of Ecuador where the Runa people live, the deforestation of their country, and how it affects their lives. 28 min. c1989.

Sabemos Mirar We Can See (South Series).

Looks at how rock music has become an outlet for young Argentinean's frustrations. The 1976 military coup dramatically halted the political activities of Argentina's youth. 1991. 25 min.
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Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara?

On the 9th of October 1967, Sgt. Teran stepped into the room where Che Guevara was kept and shot him, ending Guevara's dream of uniting Latin America through armed revolution. The person who has been held responsible for betraying Guevara was his former lieutenant, Ciro Bustros. In this documentary Bustros tells his version of the events, combined with interviews with historians, former CIA agents and Bolivian army officers, raising questions about the historical accuracy surrounding Guevara's assassination. 2001. 60 min.