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South America

The Landless Workers Movement of Brazil

Composed primarily of footage from the documentary entitled "Raiz forte", this film explores the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, and the obstacles the rural poor face in their lawful, peaceful struggle for land reform. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.:Witness Project. 2001. 11 min.

The Last of the Hiding Tribes: Pt. 1 The Fate of the Kidnapper.

In 1979 the Brazilian government gave Chico Prestes a plot of land in the state of Rondonia, in the Western Amazon, in an area regularly hunted by the unknown Uru Eu Wau Wau tribe. One day Chico returned from the forest to find two sons killed and the youngest taken by the Indians. The resulting 18-year quest to determine the fate of this son highlights the Amazon as a battleground between Indians and invading colonists. 50 min.

The Last of the Hiding Tribes: Pt. 2 The Return From Extinction.

This film tells the remarkable recent history of the hiding Panara tribe, who fled into the deepest part of the Amazon forest. Through extraordinary footage from the 1960's, this film shows Claudio Villas Boas and his team from Brazil's Indian Protection Service as they make the first attempts to contact the Panara before a planned development road exposes them to 'civilization.' In spite of Claudio's efforts after the road is built, the tribe is virtually wiped out by diseases so with the aid of his brother Orlando, Claudio manages to fly 79 survivors out to the Xingu National Park.

The Last of the Hiding Tribes: Pt. 3 Fragments of People.

In 1983 four members of the Ava-Canoeiro tribe were contacted by a settler in the Serra de Mesa and taken into care by Brazil's Indian Agency. When the only woman of child-bearing age in this small remnant group gave birth to twins, the Indian Agency's Department for Unknown People began a search for another group of Ava-Canoeiro, rumored to be out in the scrubland, to provide potential mates for the two children so the tribe would not be doomed to extinction. 50 min.

The Last Stand of Salvador Allende (September 11th, 1973.)

A remarkable document of the final hours of Salvador Allende, the first Marxist democratically elected leader of Chile. It reconstructs the day the country fell under the military government of General Pinochet and includes accounts by Allende's bodyguard, his secretary and his wife and daughter. Archival footage shows the destruction of the Moneda Palace and Allende's final address to his countrymen, exhorting them to dedicate themselves to freedom. Director, Patricio Henriquez. c1998. 58 min.

The Music of the Devil, The Music of the Bear, The Music of the Condor

Film visits the heart of the Andes to capture the atmosphere of the annual music festivals, showing ceremonies of the Aymara Indians who dress as devils, bears and sacred spirits that come to life at carnival time. The mythology of the powerful Inca gods is explained, as well as their influence in the daily lives of the Aymara. 1989. 54 min.

The Pinochet Case

Explores how a small group of people in Madrid laid the groundwork for the incredible feat of catching a dictator 25 years after his rise to power. Crucial to the legal case against Pinochet were the testimonies of victims of the crimes of the his regime. Hundreds of Chileans, relatives of the "disappeared," ex-prisoners who suffered torture and interrogation in secret prisons, traveled to Madrid to testify. The film movingly incorporates their stories and also follows the workings of the British legal system that ensued. Directed by Patricio Guzman. 2001. 110 min. ;

The Poison People

Film investigates the Zuruaha tribe of the Brazilian Amazon and their responses when colonizers moved into their ancestral lands forcing them to abandon many of their cultural traditions. With the continued destruction of the rainforest, the people have been relocated to a small preserve and the remaining 138 villagers have become known as the poison people, because rather than witness the slow death of their tribe, the "bravest" commit suicide with the poison they manufacture for their hunting arrows. In Native dialects and Portuguese with English subtitles. 1991. 28 min.

The Posse. (Life; 15)

This episode is the story of a group of friends who call themselves "The Posse" who live in Sao Paulo, in one of Brazil's urban slums. The Posse is centered around a rap group whose songs explain the inequalities of life in Brazil today. Its members include schoolkids, the unemployed, social activists and university students. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.

The Revolution Will Not be Televised (Revolucion no sera televisada)

Intimate profile of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, charting the last seven months in the run up to the April 2002 coup attempt against him, and his dramatic return to power some 48 hours later. Filmed and directed by Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain. 2002? 74 min.
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