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South America

Sol de noche: la historia de Olga y Luis

A documentary on the "Night of the blackouts, " a significant event in the history of the brutal Argentine military dictatorship. The film centers on Olga Aredez, who relates how her husband Luis was seized and murdered. She now circles in the main square of Ledesma every Thursday as an act of remembrance, and is joined on each anniversary of the blackouts by the other "Mothers of Ledesma." Directed by Pablo Milstein, Norberto Ludin. 75 min.

South of the Border

Director Oliver Stone visits seven presidents in five countries in South America to gain some understanding about the political and social ideas and the revolutions, and to clear up how people view them. Includes interviews with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Argentinean president Cristina Kirchner, Cuban president Raul Castro, and more. Contents: Part 1. Media influence & perceptions on U.S. foreign policy? -- Part 2. Venezuela & Hugo Chavez -- Part 3. Bolivia & Evo Morales -- Part 4. Argentina & The Kirchners -- Part 5. Paraguay & Fernando Lugo -- Part 6.

Soy andina (I am Andean)

Two New Yorkers journey to Peru to reconnect with roots and dance. Folk dancer Nelida Silva returns to her Andean birthplace to host the patron saint festival. Modern dancer Cynthia Paniagua embarks on her own journey after meeting Neli - determined to "quench a burning desire to know the real Peru, and unearth the mystery of the dances." Soy Andina is a story about crossing cultures and affirming identity in a globalized world. Produced and directed by Mitchell Teplitsky. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2007. 70 min.

Spirits of the Rainforest

Journey 3000 miles from the mouth of the Amazon to the world's largest and most pristine rainforest preserve, the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru. Encounter six-foot river otters, boat uncharted rivers, and experience the life and traditions of the Machiguenga Indians. Discovery Channel, 1993. 60 min.

Spoils of War (Botin de guerra)

Presents first-hand accounts from the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who dared to challenge the ruthless dictatorship of Argentina from 1976 to 1983 and have sought to find their missing grandchildren. Children now reunited with their families, and some who still hope to be, contribute. 1999. 112 min.

State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism

The Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission's official report chronicles the atrocities of both sides during the twenty year war between Abimael Guzman's revolutionary "Shining path" Indian guerrilla movement and the establishment governments. The Commission presents an alternate lens through which citizens of Peru can evaluate the inequalities their Indian people sought to address and the inevitable ravages modern terrorism brings to everyone. A film by Paco de Onis, Peter Kinoy, Pamela Yates. Dist.: New Day Films. 2005. 94 min.

Street Sisters.

Examines the lives and attitudes of prostitutes in Belem, Brazil through interviews with women belonging to the 4,000 member organization GEMPAC: Prostitutes Group of Central Belem. In Portuguese with English subtitles. 199-?. 21 min.

Street Witness

Follows the life of Hilario who lives on the streets of Quito, Ecuador. Through his eyes, we see how street children confront stigmatization and discrimination with humor and strong will. Includes interviews with the former Vice President of Ecuador, the police and street rappers who reveal varied interpretations of the "street children crisis." A film by Soraya Umewaka. 2006. 46 min.

Strong Roots (Raiz Forte)

The Landless Movement, MST, started in 1985 in response to the unequal distribution of land in Brazil, where 46% of all agricultural land is controlled by 1% of the people. The MST has won 16 million hectares of land for 300,000 families. It has built thousands of food production cooperatives and schools. The MST struggle is grounded in Constitutional law, which decrees that land must fulfill a social function. Today, 100,000 families prepare to occupy land in order to feed themselves. They live in plastic tents, waiting for the chance to work their piece of Brazilian soil. 2003.

Sustainable Urban Living: A South American Case Study

Curitiba, Brazil is remarkable for urban planning innovations. This documentary, presented in 5 segments,looks at the management of city waste, the planning of urban parks, an integrated transportation system, a practical support scheme for low income workers and the establishment of a vibrant city mall 2003. 25 min.