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South America

Salvador Allende

From his childhood in Valparaiso to his suicide following the Pinochet military coup on September 11, 1973, looks at the life and works of chilean president Salvador Allende. Using rare archival footage, family photos, interviews with Allende's friends, professional colleagues, his daughters and other relatives as well as UP militants, workers, journalists, his personal secretary and Edward Korry (former U.S. Ambassador to Chile), portrays the life, times and political formation of the Valparaiso-born doctor.

Samba da Criacao do Mundo.

Each year the Rio de Janeiro 'samba schools' (neighborhood organizations devoted to celebrating Carnival) choose a narrative or theme to produce for the parade. This video shows one pageant based on the creation legend of the Nago, performed by the Beija-Flor Samba School. Includes music, singing and dancing, splendid costumes, and scenes from the parade interspersed with the same characters in natural settings. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1978. 57 min.

Sanjoaninas na Terceira.

A visit to the celebration of the Festas Sanjoaninas held on the island of Terceira in the Azores. This festival of Portuguese songs, dances, storytelling and bullfights celebrates the religious and cultural heritage of the residents of the Azores. 1995. 58 min.

Sasetru obrera.

Documentary on the worker takeover of the closed Sasestru factory in Argentina in 2003, organized by Polo Obrero. In Spanish. PAL format. 2003. 25 min.

Send a Bullet (Manda bala)

Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant culture. However, in recent years, the country has developed more of a reputation for corrupt politicians, kidnapping, and plastic surgery. Artfully connects these seemingly disparate elements and conducts a dazzling, yet harrowing, examination of the tragic domino effect that has reshaped the face of the country and created an entire industry built on corruption. Illustrates how corruption and kidnapping represent two sides of the same violent crime. Directed by Jason Kohn. 2007. 85 min.

Seras, lo que has sido

In May of 2003, when Nestor Kirchner became president of Argentina, independent filmmaker Marcelo Lopez Masia began a major investigation into his presidency. Presented here, and developed over a number of years, is an overview of actions he took during his tenure as president. Soon after taking office Kirchner surprised the world by standing down powerful military and police officials.

Sharing the Land

Discusses the costs of rapid industrial expansion in Brazil and the need for land reform. Brazil's "economic miracle" of the 1970's was supposed to "trickle down" to the poorest segments of the population but only the top 10% of the population benefitted from the economic policy, while the gap between rich and poor grew. The resulting huge debt has caused an even greater emphasis on the export of food, causing shortages and higher prices in Brazil. 1988. 20 min.

Shotguns & Accordions: Music of the Marijuana Growing Regions of Colombia.

Explores vallenato music, a rocking blues which evolved out of the marijuana-growing regions of Columbia. It is a hot, jumpy dance music which mixes accordians, electric bass, percussion and open-throated singing. Vallenato absorbed the local traditions from the vibrantly rhythmic, African-rooted cumbia music to the traditional flute music of various Indian peoples to become the soundtrack for the wide-open lifestyle of gambling and carousing fueled by drug profits. 1983. 30 min.

Simonal: ninguem sabe o duro que dei

This documentary tells the story of Wilson Simonal, a very populr Brazilian singer in the 1960s and in the first two years of 1970 decade. In the mid-70s he was accused of helping the military government by denouncing fellow artists who were involved in political left-wing movements. Partly because of these accusations, his career started to fade away at that time. These accusations are still contested today. Directed by Micael Langer, Calvito Leal and Claudio Manoel. 2009. 100 min.

Socialism of the XXI Century

Through interviews with government officials, academics, and everyday Venezuelans, this documentary presents various viewpoints on the impact of president Hugo Chavez's imposition of socialism in Venezuela. Commentary interspersed with segments from speeches by Chavez. Produced, written and directed by Julian Rodriguez. 2008. 50 min.