: Looks at the dramatic life of Francisco de Miranda whose life and work foreshadowed the generation of revolutonary leaders in Latin America who would lead the wars for independence. A documentary on the history of how the Virgin Mary and the icon "Our Lady of Guadalupe" became important parts of the culture of Mexico and on the current devotion of the Mexican people to them. Includes interviews with a border guard, human rights activists and Mexicans who have attempted the crossing. She reveals her motivations and emotions, and the paradoxes that emerge when she investigates and publishes her book entitled The demons of Eden. Director, Mary Lance; producers, Mary Lance, Eric Breitbart. Produced by Ari Palos, Eren Mc Ginnis and José Minojosa (9 min., Spanish with English subtitles, 200? A film by Judith Gleason with the collaboration of the Colectivo Feminista de Xalapa and of Elisa Mereghetti. The program highlights the Ballet Folklórico de San Antonio. President Woodrow Wilson responded to the raid by Pancho Villa across the U. border by sending 6,000 troops under General John J. At the same time, Villa was being sought by Carranza's army, as well. Includes archival footage and commentary by authors, academics and historians. But while the roadway is a spectacular miracle of modern architectural design, it comes with a human cost. While Indian languages are endangered everywhere else in the world, in Juchitan, the Zapotec language is spoken proudly at home, at municipal meetings, in poetry, song and theatre. This film portrays their ongoing struggle for the land while also relating the now-legendary story of the folk hero Zapata. Depicts his life that spanned three revolutions, three continents and three wars, charting his progression from militant student to leader of Vietnam's revolutionary independence movement. Edad de oro (Jose Marti; col., 3 min.): A brief look at a Cuban children's story written by Jose Marti. Contents: Boyhood -- Student leader -- Moncada -- Jungle fighters -- Rebel victory -- A man to be reckoned with -- Revolutionary reforms -- The Soviets and Cuba -- Bay of Pigs -- Cuban Missile Crisis -- In love with Castro -- Worldwide revolution/Che -- An economic disaster -- Angola, Nicaragua, Afghanistan -- The Mariel boatlift -- Human rights violations -- Soviet collapse -- Just one man. DVD 3693 Life in Cuba under the Communist regime of Fidel Castro offers contrasts in improved education but inadequate housing. DVD 5166 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3195 A vibrant celebration of artists and musicians in Havana, Cuba's capital. Using interviews and archival footage this film examines the Cuban revolution, America's futile struggle in Vietnam and the Soviet Union's equally unsuccessful attempts to control Afghanistan. Spanning the entire history of Cuban architecture, from the colonial era up through the socialist revolution, this film captures the final moments of these historic buildings before they're renovated -- or simply collapse altogether. Special features on DVD X2592: Newly remastered for high definition from the original Russian 35mm fine grain interpositive ; video interview with director Martin Scorsese (26 min.) ; Cuban version of opening credits ; original Milestone trailer ; stills gallery. The directors are themselves exiles, and they have created a convincing indictment of El Jefe, implicating also those who would turn a blind eye towards repression from the left. Una produccion del Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (I.
Also looks at the French revolution and its influence on Saint Domingue, a classic example of the sugar and slave plantation complex in the Americas. Over more than a decade the slaves defeated invading armies from France, England, and Spain, but the black leadership eventually turned against itself in a struggle for control of the revolution. A telecourse designed to build understanding of geography by examining eleven regions of the world and their interconnections. DVD X102 Cecy and Camilo are a young Mexican couple with a daughter, Loida. In order to earn money to realize this dream, Cecy and Camilo relocate from their hometown of Santa María to Reynosa, where they can find factory jobs. In this first segment the North American anthropologist explains his personal and professional motives for working with Maya Indians in Yucatan, Mexico. In this second segment the North American anthropologists doing field work in Yucatan, Mexico, consider the family members individually and as a unit in the village as they seek to understand the Mayan view of the world and examine how this view has shaped their society. Contrasts the conflicts between ancient traditions and the attraction of modern urban life when two young boys from the village plead with their parents to let them go to the city. The parents, who initially opposed their going to the city and who were already in debt, are confused and angry. Video/C 1374 An interview in which subcommander Marcos talks about his arrival in the forests of Chiapas, the union between the insurrectional army (EZLN) and the indigenous communities, the different stages of the rebellion and its principal actors, as well as the fall of the communist countries and the future and hopes for the children of Mexico. Original film compiled by Carmen Toscano in 1950 from footage taken by her father. And We Have Flavor: Instrument makers and musicians tell the story of Cuban musical traditions through their experiences, illustrated with footage of live performances. The film discovers huge support for him because he brought Cubans a higher standard of living than that of any other country in the third world. Video/C 5111 Presents unique insights into the Hip-Hop scene in Cuba and the reality of contemporary Cuban politics. DVD 7637 If a single individual may be said to have embodied the development of the Cuban secessionist movement, that person was surely Jose Marti. DVD 3640 A film biography of "the Apostle of Cuban Independence," the Cuban patriot, author, and journalist Jose Marti who was a tireless proponent of Cuba's freedom from Spanish rule. The Cuban government interrogated him for six months in Villa Marista. What is home for a man who never had a sister or brother and whose parents are dead? The central personality in the film is Abel Prieto, the president of UNEAC-the national artists' and writers union. Video/C 4563 View online (UCB users only) Looks back at the memories and experiences of a Cuban family. Backdrop features excerpts from Castro's speeches and Cuban propaganda slogans. Once inserparable, their relationship deteriorated as one sister left for America while the other embraced the Cuban Revolution. Video/C 5416 A documentary following the members of the band Madera Limpia as they explore their hopes and lives. Local identification of the name Lazarus (Lazaro) with the beggar character from a parable in the New Testament and the similarity between that character and the image of the Yoruban deity Babalu-Aye, have blended to create a local deity. Video/C 4342 A program from a bilingual comedy series developed by WPBT-TV to chronicle the adventures of a Cuban-American family in our fast-paced society. The film explores his daily working life as an artist and his eventual return to Cuba after 40 years of living in exile. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rather than opting for an experienced actress, he feels he needs the freshness and spontaneity of inexperience- someone young with an urge for success. Video/C MM1268 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.
Video/C MM284 : Looks at a series of wars for independence in Spanish America. Each program contains case studies which characterize an individual region. Video/C 1580 For more than 20 years, global economic forces have been dismantling public education in Mexico, but always in the constant shadow of popular resistance. DVD 7433 A documentary on the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe and how she became an important part of the culture of Mexico. Video/C 3884 The Huichols, who live in the western Sierra Madre of central Mexico, are best known for their peyote rituals, their shamanistic practices, and their colorful, intricate textiles. Loida stays behind in Santa María, putting an emotional strain on Cecy that eventually sends her back home to her daughter. Shows the expedition embarking, arriving in the Yucatan, and beginning work in a village. Traditional values have been turned up-side-down by this series of events. Video/C 8489 Intrigued by the legendary Mexican military leader Pancho Villa's little-known relationship with Hollywood, filmmaker and sleuth Gregorio Rocha goes on a search for lost footage that Villa commissioned from the American Mutual Film Company in 1914, allowing cameramen to follow him into war. An Island for Miguel: A documentary revealing the revolutionary project to reform Cuba's juvenile delinquents. Filming in Cuba for an entire year, the filmmaker gained rare access to Castro himself and to his personal archives resulting in an insightful view of the man and his people. The film follows the innovators of this musical movement to their homes, the stage, and as they travel abroad for the first time. Set within the context of the turbulent relations between Cuba, Spain, and the USA, this program spotlights Marti, a striking orator, sagacious propagandist, and inspiring leader, and the movement that he founded, Cuba Libre. Combining documentary material with dramatizations, this program celebrates the selfless life of the freedom fighter, which was marked by imprisonment, exile and ironically, death in his first appearance on the battlefield. From 1970 to 1989, he was repeatedly jailed and institutionalized. Video/C 3893 A bitter satire by the Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez of President Lyndon Baines Johnson presented through a montage of film clips and photographs and a cartoon of Johnson. The street interviews illustrate the passion of the people for their country despite the rationing of food and petrol, and the constant cuts in water and power supplies. The parents are enthusiastic revolutionaries supporting Casto, but as the children grow up they become disillusioned and so immigrate to the U. Mirror Dance is the story of two women forever linked by birth and dance but struggling to overcome a deep rift between sisters and nations alike. Video/C 8864 An examination of the history and practices of Nganga, the Bantu based belief system of the slaves brought to Cuba from the Congo region of Africa. Video/C 6403 The brutal methods employed by Castro's government to maintain a stronghold on the Cuban population are chronicled in this revelatory documentary. DVD 2749 A film examining the observance of the Night of San Lazaro as an example of the revival of religious freedom in Cuba. Presents a genuine feel for the life in Cuba: the heat, the music, the sea, the sexiness, living in a country short of basic supplies. The shrine at Rincon is considered by followers of San Lazaro/Babalu-Aye to be the house of their deity, a situation which causes difficulty for the Roman Catholic community present there. The conflicts between two cultures and how this family solves its problems of culture shock provide a serious view into adjustments required of Cuban-American immigrant families. He sets about searching the Cuban Film Institute's (ICAIC's) extras files and, with the enthusiastic support of friends and the aid of a small video camera, he scours the streets of Havana in search of his actress. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes interviews with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Argentinean president Cristina Kirchner, Cuban president Raul Castro, and more.
: The Haitain revolution is the only successful slave rebellion in the Americas. Video/C 8705 This documentary presents the pros and cons of the maquiladora (or maquila) an export manufacturing program established by the Mexican Government and looks at industrialization in Mexico after NAFTA, considering low wages, working conditions, environmental and cultural impact. 5 Issue 2, p166-186, 21p UC users only Chronicles the historic events surrounding the 1997 massacre of 45 pacifist supporters of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation who were murdered while seeking refuge in a church. Focuses on the lives of Shankar, the Bioscope Man; Modesto, the chicken feet vendor; Baba Khan, the paint recycler; Nestor, the trash scavenger; street kids Oleg, Borya, Kolya and Misha; Cassandra, the performer; Larissa, the crane driver and Toni, the hustler. Strange, immediate and full of contradiction, the film manages to rivet for most of its time and leaves one feeling sad and less hopeful about the state (literal and symbolic) of present-day Mexico. It also depicts the women's role in Mexico during this period. Profiles include Rafael Fernandez-Mc Gregor, who hopes to restore a vital rail link between Mexico and the U. and executives from Pemex, one of the world's most powerful oil companies. Mario Rojas Alba, a physician and former member of the Mexican Congress for the opposition Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD). Alba, now a political refugee in Canada, makes a return trip to Mexico where he acts as guide and witness to the conflict between the government and the people's demands for justice and reform, as he struggles with his own position as an exile from the country he loves. Glimpses into a tech-savvy youth culture and the persistent Zapatista movement reinforce the capital's nickname: City of Contrasts. DVD X5288; DVD X382 (copy 2) Contents: Y tenemos sabor = And we have flavor (1967) -- Una Isla para Miguel = An Island for Miguel (1968, 20 min.) -- Isla del tesoro = Treasure Island (1969). E84 1996) With the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Cuba has been presented with its toughest test of strength since the revolution thirty-five years ago. Video/C 8672 Chronicles the life of Cuban photographer Korda (born Alberto Diaz Gutierrez), who created the famous "Guerillero heroico" image of revolutionary Ernesto Guevara and was Castro's official photographer for ten years; includes interviews and archive footage. In 1968, his documentary Coffea Arabiga featured the Beatles' song "Fool on the Hill" as Fidel Castro appeared on screen. DVD X3650 Consists mostly of interviews with Cubans about their opinions on living in Cuba, its revolutionary process, and the effects of the blockade by the United States against Cuba. DVD X6991 This video discusses how the relationship between the United States and Cuba has affected Cuban families separated by the political conflict. Video/C 3392 Tells the story of Margarita and Ramona de Saá. Video/C MM1251 Examines devotion in Cuba to San Lazaro (Babalu-Aye) at Rincon, where pilgrims perform acts of mortification as a "promise" to the deity for favors desired. Video/C 3058 Filmed over seven years, an intimate portrait of photographer Abelardo Morell, revealing the mystery and method of his artistic process.
This section and the next analyze the only case of slaves rising up, taking power, and creating an independent nation. Amidst the violence, a group of black leaders emerged, the most famous the former slave Toussaint L'Ouverture. In this third segment the anthropology team witnesses ancient ceremonies consecrating new corn fields. This final segment witnesses the return to the village in Yucatan, Mexico of two young boys who found city life lonely. Also looks at the 1994 emergence of the Zapatistas, the Mexican army's attacks on rural peasant communities -- involving destruction of homes, forced displacement of entire communities, and "disappearances" and murders meant to terrorize the indigenous population -- and government "negotiations" with the Zapatistas. Film represents one of the first uses of film for journalistic purposes in Mexico. Contains three films by Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gomez from Cuba's national film institute, ICAIC. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, c1996. People wonder how long Castro will maintain his leadership. That same year, Guillen was accused of plotting to assassinate Castro. DVD X3202; Video/C 3592 At age 67, former major league baseball star Luis Tiant has come back to Cuba, the island he had left at age 20 for a trip he thought would last a month and became nearly a half a century. What is home for an exile who becomes a star in his new land, leaving former teammates to play for their government and country in isolation and poverty? Many performing artist's are interviewed--a dissident theatre group in Havana, a more traditional African theatre group in Santiago, and also film star Jorge Perugorria. It includes interviews of children from Cuban families and senior citizens. Born identical twins, the sisters grew up to become acclaimed ballerinas with the National Ballet of Cuba. Rincon is the site of a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to God in the name of San Lazaro (Saint Lazarus of Bethany). Video/C 3752 Employing a mixture of video graphics, computer animation, and documentary footage, the director uses the metaphor of a disenchanted and lethargic woman to lament the loss of Cuba's revolutionary ideals and fervor. The narrative skips across time and space from his early childhood escape from Castro's regime to his status as a world-renowned photographer. DVD X4144 A well-known Cuban film director embarks upon the search for a black woman dancer and singer to play the central dramatic role in his next film project- a musical comedy.
Video/C MM287 : Canada and the British possessions in the West Indies did not seek independence. A documentary on the liberation struggle being waged throughout Latin America, using Argentina as a historical model. DVD X2782; vhs Video/C MM517 (In Spanish without subtitles) Discusses the influence of Latin American culture in the United States through interviews with more than 50 Latin American immigrants living in New York, including musicians, dancers, artists, and writers. Interviews with: Pedro Portillo (artist), Diego Ignacio (Mayan priest), Jon Sobrino (theologian), Carlos Lara (anthropologist), Arturo Rivera (Archbishop, San Salvador). From there he charts the process that recontextualizes archeological objects as art. "Produced in conjunction with the exhibition of Migrations: Photographs by Sebastiao Salgado at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive, January 16-March 24, 2002." Held on February 11, 2002 at the University of California, Berkeley. Video/C 8758 A panel discussion of the work and issues presented by the Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado in his ethnographic photographic collection "Migrations: photographs by Sebastiao Salgado," which presents a commentary on human migration and the social ramifications of globalization. DVD 4289 A study of the concept of sexuality in Mexico and Central America.
Both regions experienced a gradual transition to independence that presents a fascinating comparison to both the British North America and Latin American experience. Disc 2 contains the following special features: Synopsis, technical specifications, "making of" documentary, CV for Fernando Solanas, alternate ending, interview with Hernandez Arregui, chapter sequences. Those interviewed share their personal and professional experiences of being of Latino descent in America. Interviews with: Pedro Portillo (artist), Diego Ignacio (Mayan priest), Jon Sobrino (theologian), Carlos Lara (anthropologist), Arturo Rivera (Archbishop, San Salvador). At the center of the film is master forger Brigido Lara, whose pre-columbian objects have been exhibited in major museums throughout the U. "Produced in conjunction with the exhibition of Migrations: Photographs by Sebastiao Salgado at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive, January 16-March 24, 2002." Held on February 13, 2002 at the University of California, Berkeley. Video/C 8759 Presents a conversation with Sebastiao Salgado, an Uruguayan Paris-based photojournalist who has documented the lives of Latin American peasants, diamond mine workers in Brazil and famine in Africa. Focus is on the cultural archetypes of machismo and marianismo, orientations which have defined social conduct and sexual orientation throughout Latin America.
: Escaping the Napoleonic Wars, the Braganza royal family of Portugal settled in Rio de Janeiro and ruled its vast empire from Brazil. Ecuador, Valley of the Volcanoes explores the monitoring and prediction of volcanic activity in Ecuador.
King Joao VI elevated Brazil to the status of a kingdom, diffusing most desires for separation and independence. A Second Chance for Amazonia examines sustainable development for the Amazon rain forest in northeast Brazil's Para State.
Video/C MM286 : The war for Mexican independence took place in two stages. Ecuador & Rafael Correa; Cuba & The Castros -- Part 8. Contents: A ceiling on your home (1945, 11 min.) -- Brazil at war (1943, 10 min.) -- Brazil gets the news (1942, 10 min.) --Despotism (1946, 11 min.) -- Doctor in industry, Pt. Video/C 5068 Documentary on nuns in Mexico involved in social work, mostly with women and the poor and marginalized, which gives them a perspective often frowned upon by the Church hierarchy.