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1.

Txai Macedo

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"TXAI (pronounced 'tchai', a term of friendship in the Kaxinawa Indian language roughly translating to 'you are half of me and I am half of you'). Macedo reveals the exploitation encountered by inhabitants of the Alto Jurua Reserve in the State of Acre, and the steps Macedo has taken to defend these people's rights in the dwindling rainforest."
VHS
1992
Ivy (By Request)
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Terra Em Transe: A Land in Distress

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A young poet and journalist is persuaded by his lover to become involved in the politics of his country.
VHS
1990; 1995
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Quilombo

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A dramatization which chronicles the Palmares Quilombo, the most famous of the 17th century Brazilian groups of runaway black slaves. Shows how this self-governing community flourished for several decades under the reign of the legendary chieftan Ganga Zumba.
VHS
1991; 1984
Ivy (By Request)
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Plenilunio

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A small South American town is terrorized by a monster who kills on the night of the "plenilunio", the full moon. Local teens put themselves at jeopardy when they set out to investigate the murders.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês: How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman

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In the coastal wilds of 16th-century Brazil, a French soldier is captured by a tribe of man-eating Indians.
VHS
1995; 1973
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O Testamento Do Senhor Napumoceno: Napumoceno's Will

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"O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno is an epic, or at least an epic farce, from one of the world's least known but most culturally complex societies - Cape Verde. This classic tale of the hollowness at the core of provincial bourgeois life introduces English speaking audiences to Germano Almeida, one of the outstanding writers in Portuguese today. With its novelistic breadth, the film offers a bildungsroman of a man and a society so caught up in the pursuit of conventional success and prestige it overlooks its true self almost until it is too late"--From the California Newsreel Web site.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Four Days in September

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Political terrorists, in a desperate bid to focus the world's attention on their fight for freedom, kidnap an American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance...helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate...and his fear of the captors themselves!
VHS
1998; 1997
Ivy (By Request)
8.

Black Orpheus

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Story based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set against the colorful background of the carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
VHS
1958
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9.

Fintar o Destino: Dribbling Fate

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Fintar o destino is the Library of African Cinema's first sports film -- but a sports film with a distinctly African twist. It is the story of the aging sport hero who holds onto his past so strongly he destroys his present. At the same time, this film explores a much broader tension, personal and political, between remaining true to one's dreams or making the best of the limited opportunities around us.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
10.

Xica DA Silva

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VHS
1993; 1976
Ivy (By Request)
11.

Abolição: Abolition

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An examination of the history of slavery in Brazil and the current racial situation of Black Brazilians on the 100th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. Examines the contemporary political, economic, social and cultural issues faced by Black Brazilians through interviews with musicians, politicians, activists, people in government, ambassadors, social workers, sport stars, actors, street kids, farmers and others.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
12.

Mortu Nega

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"In 1973, independence was proclaimed [in Guinea Bissau], ending five centuries of Portuguese colonization and a decade of armed struggle. [This film], Gomes' first feature-length film, made in 1987, ... portrays this critical period in history through the story of one woman, Diminga, whose husband is fighting on the front lines. The camera captures Cabral's assassination, the ending of hostilities, and the reconstruction of the economically and spiritually devastated country. The term "Mortu Nega" means those that death did not want, and Gomes films a ceremony using 3000 extras, in which survivors call upon the dead, asking them how they can go on living in such terrible conditions"--From the Le Monde Cannes '96 Supplement, May 10.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
13.

Coffee: A Sackful of Power

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The film explains the difference between the Brzailian and Costa Rican system of production and why the Brazilian system has led to such poverty.
VHS
1998; 1997
Ivy (By Request)
14.

Alma Corsaria: Buccaneer Soul

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Tells the story of childhood friends, Rivaldo Torres and Teodoro Xavier. Recounts the adventures of their friendship, beginning in 1957 and continuing through the 1960s. Gives a unique look at Brazilian life through literature, cinema, and music.
VHS
1996; 1993
Ivy (By Request)
15.

Dancing on the Edge

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This narrative documentary is set in rural Mozambique, where gender roles and poverty influence the fight to contain the spread of AIDS. A young HIV positive mother, Antonieta, who works as an AIDS counsellor, takes her healthy daughter to a remote village for initiation into sexuality. Antonietta struggles with the contradictions of maintaining traditional values while adapting to the reality of the modern world devastated by AIDS.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
16.

I Love You: Eu Te Amo

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Paulo, who has lost his business, his girlfriend, and his spirit, meets Maria, a strong liberated woman, who nevertheless pretends to be a high-priced hooker. In a glamorous highrise overlooking Rio's glittering coast, they team up for a sensual, highly erotic affair.
VHS
1982; 1985
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17.

Hour of the Star: A Hora de Estrela

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A young woman from the countryside of northeast Brazil moves to the sprawling city of San Paolo. Her doomed quest for success amid the desperate poverty around her is tempered by the happiness she finds in her fantasies.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
18.

Happily Ever After

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Regina Duarte plays a successful interior designer and houswife. By chance, she meets the man of her dreams. A street hustling bisexual prostitute who leads her away from the safety of her upper middle class existence into a seedy world where she becomes his sultry partner in crime.
VHS
1988; 1986
Ivy (By Request)
19.

Um Trem Para as Estrelas: Subway to the Stars

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Fueled with the lingering memory of a magical evening, a young musician from the poor suburbs of Rio searches for his lost love. Vinicius's journey, both tragic and comic, mingling blood, laughter, misery and hope leads ultimately to redemption.
VHS
1988; 1987
Ivy (By Request)
20.

Ópera Do Malandro

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Presents a musical set during World War II in Rio de Janeiro involving Nazi espionage, intrique, and contraband dealings.
VHS
1986
Ivy (By Request)