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Costa Rica to Panama

In this video, Stephen Fry travels through Costa Rica and Panama participating in local customs, learning the culture, and exploring historic sites. He learns about the native animals, climbs a volcano, watches a soccer match and drives a dredger .
2016; 2015

A Small Section of the World [electronic resource]

A Small Section of the World is a documentary that tells the inspirational story of group of women from a remote farming region of Costa Rica whose ideas sparked a revolution in the coffee growing world. After a crisis, the men of the village left in search of work and the women came together to imagine a different future for themselves, their families, and their community. By building their own coffee mill, they created the first women's run micro-mill in their country. This remarkable story of perseverance touches lives around the globe and shows how these resourceful women overcame adversity to change the culture within their small section of the world. A story of passion and tenacity, A Small Section of the World is about women's empowerment, the risky business of coffee and how [...]
2015; 2014

Families of Costa Rica: Families of the World

Ten-year-old Estibaliz is growing up in Cabuya, which is very close to a national nature reserve and has a thriving ecotourism business. José, a ten-year-old boy, lives in Escazu near the capital of San Jose with his parents and three-year-old brother.
2014; 2010


With unspoiled tropical beaches, a seductive lover, and a passion like none he has ever before experienced, Vicente is being torn apart. An American oil company threatens to destroy him unless he betrays the country, and people he loves.
Clemons (Stacks)

Rosita: A Documentary

When a nine-year-old Nicaraguan girl becomes pregnant as a result of a rape, her parents--illiterate campesinos working in Costa Rica--seek a legal therapeutic abortion to save their only child's life. Their quest triggers a battle over whose life has precedence, and pits them against the governments of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the medical establishment, and the Catholic Church. As the story gains international media attention, its repercussions spread across Latin America and Europe.
Clemons (Stacks)

Costa Rica [electronic resource]: Ecotourism and Economic Development

Home to more biodiversity than either Europe or North America, Costa Rica has shown the world how to benefit from the environment without destroying it. This program treks across the Central American nation with a spotlight on ecotourism and how it fits into Costa Rica's overall economy. Visits to a banana farm, a coffee plantation, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and the Tortugero National Park demonstrate a healthy give-and-take relationship between human society and the land.
2005; 2002

Ropa Americana (American Clothing)

Ropa Americana documents the travels of an old purple t-shirt from the Toronto housewife who donates it to Goodwill Industry to its final destination, a housewife in Costa Rica who buys it in a second-hand store. The film is brightened by an immediacy provided by the unforgettable people involved in the complex chain of events: the donor, the charity worker, the textile company representative, the merchant in Costa Rica and the end user. The film brings to light the debate between the donors and the businessmen involved in the textile trade, an important commodity in today's global economy. The charitable donor finds it morally and ethically wrong for charities and middlemen to be making money off donated items. The companies involved believe they are running a legitimate and extreme [...]

Coffee: A Sackful of Power

Coffee ranks second only to oil as the most important raw material on the world market. It has shaped the economies, history and social structure of a large part of Latin America. Composed of archival photographs, old newsreels and penetrating interviews, this documentary takes a broad view of the influence of coffee through the ages. First introduced in the eighteenth century, coffee is now the most popular drink in the world after water. South America supplies 66% of the world production, although most of the profits go to traders and speculators outside the region. The film explains the difference between the Brazilian and Costa Rican system of production, and why the Brazilian system has led to such poverty. Mechanization of farms has thrown many rural laborers out of work, an ex [...]

Central America - Costa Rica and Nicaragua [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

Neil Gibson travels to Central America to visit the affluent country of Costa Rica and the politically volatile nation of Nicaragua in this Globe Trekker episode. In the Costa Rican capital San Jose, he follows the election, goes dancing at a Merengue club, and visits volunteers battling local poverty. He rides with a Harley tour to a wildlife haven boasting the largest number of different bird species in the world before relaxing near hot volcanic springs, going to a bull fiesta in Liberia, and lounging on the Pacific Coast in Montezuma. In Nicaragua, Neil hunts in the jungle and eats roasted rat for dinner while learning about the revolution. He plays baseball, tastes locally brewed rum, tours a cigar factory in Granada, and visits the Heroes and Martyrs Museum and Peace Park in Ma [...]

Coffee: A Sackful of Power

The film explains the difference between the Brzailian and Costa Rican system of production and why the Brazilian system has led to such poverty.
1998; 1997
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Costa Rica: Child of the Wind

In war-torn Central America there is a country with no dictator and no army, a country at peace with itself and its neighbors. It is the oldest democracy in Latin America. This film explores the history of Costa Rica and the reasons it has been able to exist as a neutral country firmly committed to social welfare and free elections. Costa Ricans live without an army, preferring to invest their resources in hospitals and schools rather than machine guns and tanks. The film explores the issue of Costa Rica's neutrality in the face of its dependence on U.S. aid.