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South America

Trinkets & Beads

Documents the lives of the Huaorani, a small tribe of Ecuadorian Indians who, after 20 years of pressure from foreign oil companies, agreed to allow oil-drilling on their land. Focuses on the introduction of massive environmental pollution and cultural change, and the tribe's subsequent efforts to regain control of their lives and lands. Director, Christopher Walker 1996. 53 min. ;
web web sites:Description from Icarus Films catalog

Tumbes Bosques y Manglares

In an area that appears to be desert are hidden forests of extraordinary beauty which shelter many unique species of plants, birds and mammals. This is an indepth exploration of the Tumbes Region, its plants and wildlife living in the dry forests, tropical forests and mangrove swamps bordering the Pacific Ocean in Northern Peru. 1997. 181 min.

Two 911's in a Lifetime (Dos 911 en una vida)

Explores ideas and feelings of ex-political prisoners from Chile during Pinochet's regime who now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. They analyze the tragedies of the September 11, 1973 military coup in Chile and September 11, 2001 in New York, as well as the US government's involvement in each. Directed by Ariel Lpez. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 12 min. 2003.

Two to Tango: Gay Argentina

Buenos Aires is in the heart of a country where 80% of the people are Catholic and the culture of machismo is still rife. Now the Argentine capital is leading the push in Latin America for gay rights. This film introduces Esteban Hubner and Leonardo Gorosito, who are are getting married in a civil ceremony. The introduction of such civil unions has met with opposition from the Church. 2005. 17 min.
web web sites:Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Tyrants Will Rise From My Tomb, Bolivia

Examines the history, economy and politics of Bolivia, noting that the country has had 186 military governments in 150 years. Focuses on the personality of the country's founder, Simon Bolivar, and looks for reasons to explain Bolivia's ever present political ferment. 1986. 30 min. [preservation copy]

Tyrants Will Rise From My Tomb, Chile

Filmed in 1987, this documentary probes why, after 50 years of democratic government, Chile now has a military dictatorship. Includes historical footage of an interview with former President Allende and a contemporary interview with the country's dictator, President Pinochet. 1986. 30 min.

Under Rich Earth

"The Intag valley of Ecuador is a lush and fertile paradise inhabited by strong-willed and resourceful family farmers. Three generations of families have carved out a hard but good life in this remote frontier. While they don't earn much cash for their work, they own rich land, which is the greatest security for their children and for future generations. Under Rich Earth is a feature length documentary that follows family farmers in the Intag valley who resist what they consider to be the invasion of their land by foreign prospectors.

Unfinished Diary (Journal Inacheve)

Chilean emigre Marilu Mallet struggles to make a film about her experience of profound isolation. Her English speaking husband, a prominent filmmaker, criticizes her subjective approach to filmmaking. Interviews with Isabel Allende and other Chilean exiles reveal a deep bond in this film about language and gender, exile and immigration. 1982. 55 min.


Presents three stories of immigrants who left their homes in Bolivia, Haiti and the Philippines after global economic powers devastated their countries, only to face new challenges in the United States. These powerful stories raise critical questions about U.S. immigration policy in an era when corporations cross borders at will. 2001. 28 min.


"Uprooted" seeks to bring attention to a mounting calamity left out of the world's spotlight. The internal refugee crisis in Colombia is one of the worst in the world. Over 3.5 million people have been violently displaced since 1990. The majority of these people are Black Colombians from the Pacific coast, an area prized for its national resources and development opportunities. The film explores the plight of Noris Mosquera, one of the more than 1 million Afrocolombians uprooted from their land.