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South America


"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.

Venezuela Petroleum Company

On a global scale Venezuela is a byword for petrol, but few know where the asphalt upon which we travel every day comes from. This is the story of the petrol community, of their dispossession, and the struggle for petrol by the Venezuelan people. Direction, Marc Villa ; production, Alejandro Medina. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2007. 79 min.

Victimas de la democracia (Victims of Democracy)

This documentary reflects on the history of the sixties, during the governments of Romulo Betancourt, Raul Leoni and Rafael Caldera. Amid concentration camps, disappearances, and all of the tactics of a dirty war, there was a resistance by the people of Venezuela. This documentary focuses on the state of Falcon. Directed by Stella Jacobs. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2007. 42 min.

Video Cannibalism.

Shows the introduction of video technology to a small tribe of Brazilian natives, the Enauene-Naue Indians, and their use of the camera to create a motion picture of their own about native contact with gold prospectors. 1991. 18 min.

Video in the Villages (Video nas Aldeias).

A presentation of "The Video In the Villages Project" among the Indians of Brazil showing how four different groups (Nambiquara, Gaviao, Ticuna and Kaiapo) are utilizing video in different ways as an empowering tool in their fight to preserve their lands and ways of life. 1989. 10 min.

Voices of Latin America.

Presents an introduction to five Latin American writers including Garcilaso de la Vega, So Juana de la Cruz, Jose Marti, Jorge Luis Borges, and Elena Poniatowska. Filmed on location in Mexico and Peru with host David McCullough. 1991. 58 min.

Voz ao vento: The Clandestine Waves of Brazil

Documentary examining the proliferation of "illegally broadcasting" community radio stations in Brazil and their social impact on the communities they serve. "In the state of Minas Gerais alone more than 5,000 community radios are broadcasting. Anything that's going on in the ghettos, street corners or favelas, It's going to be played on this station." Directed by Ignacio Agote. 2004. 48 min.

Waiapi Body Painting and Ornaments.

Documents the methods and cultural significance of body painting and ornamentation used by the Waiapi Indians of Brazil, who use this medium to express their myths and reinforce their sense of Waiapi identity. 1988. 19 min.

Waiapi Body Slash and Burn Cultivation.

Shows how the Waiapi Indians of Brazil use slash and burn cultivation to clear the rain forest in order to grow food. Cultivation techniques and taboos are linked to gender and parenthood roles. 1987. 24 min.

Waiapi Instrumental Music.

Examines a variety of wind instruments used by the Waiapi Indians of Brazil, the setting in which each is played, and the Waiapi's practice of dividing vocal and instrumental music based on sex. 1988. 58 min.