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South America [electronic resource]

South America is a territory of contrasts and excesses. It contains the world's longest mountain chain, the largest rainforest, the most powerful river, the driest desert and the largest biodiversity on the planet. This world travelled around the heart of the South Pacific for billions of years, before leaving Gondwana for good to join North America and build ... the Americas.
Online
2015; 2013
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The Battle for the Amazon [electronic resource]: The Xingu vs. The Belo Monte Dam

What will potentially become the world's third-largest hydroelectric dam-and a symbol of the destruction of the last remaining significant rainforest on Earth-is currently under construction in the heart of the Amazon Basin. The Belo Monte Dam complex is expected to devastate an area of more than 370,000 acres of Brazilian rainforest while resulting in the forced displacement of approximately 20,000 people and the expected migration of 100,000 more. In the face of this danger, the Xingu, the indigenous people of the region and hereditary guardians of the forest, have decided to stand their ground and fight. The Battle for the Amazon follows their struggle.
Online
2013
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El Espectador [electronic resource]: The Press and the Drug Lords

This is the extraordinary story of the Bogota newspaper whose offices were bombed and members of whose staff were killed in the pursuit of their work-which included reporting on the details of the Colombian drug trade. This documentary shows how the politics of cocaine can dominate an entire country.
Online
2012
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A Time to Fight [electronic resource]: HIJOS Speaks Out for the Disappeared of Argentina

In 1976, a military coup in Argentina triggered the mass persecution of political dissidents, and tens of thousands of people were killed or disappeared. Two decades later, children of the disappeared created an organization called HIJOS-an acronym that, in English, translates as Daughters and Sons for Identity and Justice Against Forgetting and Silence. This program focuses on HIJOS member Lucia Garcia as it chronicles her 15-year-long struggle for justice. The trauma, both individual and collective, is set against the achievement of bringing human rights abusers to court. A Time to Fight has been filmed in a variety of formats across the years, reflecting the long period of the shoot and giving each period a distinctive look as Garcia's voice narrates her memory of the struggle fro [...]
Online
2012
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Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity [electronic resource]: Children of Argentina's "Disappeared

Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo is an Argentinian human rights group made up of grandmothers committed to finding their lost grandchildren, who they believe were stolen by the government during the country's military dictatorship. Between 1976 and 1983 as many as 30,000, dissidents-now known as "the disappeared"-were kidnapped and presumed killed, with hundreds of new mothers among them. Through interviews with members of Las Abuelas, recovered grandchildren who were raised by people sympathetic to the military regime, and many others, this program tells the story of these determined women and of the formerly missing as they explore their true identities.
Online
2012
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Chile and Bolivia [electronic resource]

In Chile, Jonathan discovers a nation transformed since the demise of General Pinochet, but still working to heal the scars left by his rule. He meets the editors of a satirical magazine, rides with Chile's first female rodeo rider, crosses the Atacama Desert to a ghost town where he visits with poet Jorge Monteleagre - who says that under Pinochet the town was turned into a concentration camp where he was detained - then reaches the ocean, where he finds fishermen harvesting seaweed for exported to China. From Chile, Jonathan heads to Bolivia, where he meets child laborers who have formed a trade union, two sisters from the once-persecuted Indian community who compete in wrestling matches to assert their national identity, and coca farmers.
Online
2011
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Colombia and Venezuela [electronic resource]

As Jonathan travels across Colombia and Venezuela, he discovers that they have strikingly divergent modern realities. Colombia, for so long synonymous with drug wars, is also a country of hope and resilience. Jonathan cycles with a visionary mayor around the streets of Bogotá, meets a reformed FARC fighter, goes to a coffee farm in the Andes, visits a cemetery in Medellín, and enjoys watching a group of breakdancing kids from the notorious hillside slums. In Venezuela, Jonathan searches for a sense of the true spirit of this polarized nation. He finds himself at an anti-U.S. rally, joins a police patrol in a crime-ridden section of Caracas, rides with cowboys, and listens to a youth orchestra drawn from two previously warring neighborhoods.
Online
2011
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Venezuela [Sur]Realista [electronic resource]: The Republic of Hugo Chavez

In the eyes of his supporters, he has championed the rights of the poor and bravely defended his country's interests in the face of foreign aggression. Opponents have portrayed him as an embarrassing and dangerous megalomaniac, squandering the nation's oil wealth while bolstering his own power base. This indepth look at Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez explores his Bolivarian political philosophy, his adoption of "21st-century socialist" principles, and the challenges he has faced as a highly polarizing leader. Produced in anticipation of Chavez's bid for a fourth term in office, the film presents interviews with community leaders, political figures, intellectuals, and journalists, all of whom shed light on the complexities of life in Chavez's Venezuela - and the volatile atmosphere [...]
Online
2011
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Luis Sepulveda [electronic resource]: The Writer From the End of the World

This portrait of Luis Sepúlveda plunges us into Latin America, against a background of male friendships and travels from the Amazon to Patagonia, and from Northern Europe to Andalusia. Gaining international fame with his first novel, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, Sepúlveda's oeuvre is marked by political and ecological commitment as well as by the dictatorial repression of the 1970s, combined with a love of travel and interest in indigenous peoples. Imprisoned for two years under Pinochet, he wandered through South America before moving to Hamburg and eventually settling in Gijon, Northern Spain.
Online
2011
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The Lost Jungle [electronic resource]: Shane Untamed

Shane O takes on the unknown and inhospitable terrain of Guyana's vast rain forests. His goal is to reach Mount Weiassipu, a tepui that has never been climbed. But deep in the jungle, he and his team find themselves stranded with no porters and little food. The ultimate goal then changes from climbing to surviving. This episode of Shane Untamed brings you to the perfect storm.
Online
2011
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Brazil [electronic resource]: A Racial Paradise?

In Brazil, Professor Gates goes behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this "rainbow nation" is waking up to its legacy as the world's largest slave economy.
Online
2011
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Isabel Allende [electronic resource]: Reflections

Chilean novelist Isabel Allende has sold 15 million books in 30 languages over the past two decades. Few living writers receive the critical acclaim, popular following, and consistent sales records that she has enjoyed since the publication of her first novel, The House of the Spirits, in 1982. And yet her own story of exile after the rise of the dictator Pinochet is, perhaps, the most well-known aspect of her life and career. Profiling the author in Chile's capital, Santiago, this extended interview explores her relationship with her homeland, the effects of her upbringing and exile on her writing, her feelings about the Pinochet years in Chile, and how she finds it impossible to tell a story without embellishing the truth.
Online
2010; 2009
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Montezuma [electronic resource]: Twilight God of the Aztecs

As the last great Aztec ruler, Montezuma II inherited a sprawling yet fragile empire. This program studies his governance, its abrupt end at the hands of the conquistadors, and its historical meanings. Paralleling a major exhibition at the British Museum, the film features artifacts, architecture, and images that speak to Montezuma's humanity, his self-proclaimed divinity, and the cultural context in which he ruled. These include depictions from the Florentine Codex, the Templo Mayor disk depicting Coyolxauhqui, and the public works of Malinalco, Teotihuacan, and other locations. Analysis of Montezuma's face-off with Hernan Cortes reveals an agile strategist whose brutality was eclipsed only by that of the invaders.
Online
2010; 2009
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Paraguay [electronic resource]: Soya and Pesticides

When an 11-year-old Paraguayan boy named Silvino Talavera died from pesticide poisoning in 2003, his name became a rallying cry in the fight against intensive soya production. This program recounts the tragedy and the legal, political, and economic impact of "agritoxins" in Latin America. Opening with a poetically filmed reenactment and moving on to feature key players in the story, the film includes an interview with Fernando Lugo-a Catholic priest whose election to Paraguay's presidency shifted policy away from large-scale agricultural interests toward more populist causes. Land redistribution and genetic modification emerge as central topics in this look at a controversy that is far from over.
Online
2010; 2009
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Brazil [electronic resource]: Urban Planning Challenges

A city shouldn't be a problem, says Jaime Lerner, the former mayor of Curitiba. "It should be a solution." This program explores innovative planning, engineering, and conservation at work in the Brazilian metropolis as it transcends many of the problems plaguing other South American cities. The film spotlights fully modernized public transportation and recycling systems, a "Citizenship Street" zoning pattern that reduces high-volume traffic, an oil collection program that transforms used cooking grease into biofuel, and other successful initiatives. But the need for a waste-for-food exchange program demonstrates that even Curitiba must still contend with poverty and other social challenges.
Online
2010; 2009
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Lost Road of the Inca: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Karin Muller is an American on a quest to understand other cultures. This program follows her as she begins her journey of discovery along the route of the ancient Incan highway through South America. In Ecuador, she endures tear gas during a labor riot and witnesses backbreaking toil in a crude, antiquated gold mine. On the disputed border between Ecuador and Peru, she watches ordnance troops unearth and detonate a land mine, visits the lonely graves of fallen soldiers, and-in a life-affirming turn-finds welcome respite in drinking boiled yucca tea at a family farm. Muller provides engaging and eloquent voice-over commentary as her trek progresses.
Online
2010; 1999
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Lost Road of the Inca: Part 2 [electronic resource]

From medicinal shamans to taxi drivers in rusty death traps, this program plunges further into the depth and breadth of life in South America-following American adventurer Karin Muller as she travels the ancient Incan highway. Muller joins Peruvian fishermen plying their trade in handmade reed boats; watches herds of vicuna penned and sheared of their precious wool; absorbs the spectacle of Machu Picchu and its sophisticated stonework; and encounters the spirit of Carnival and Catholic devotion in Bolivia. Then comes a euphoric motorcycle ride into Chile-until Muller reaches Santiago, reenters the world of billboards and fast food, and bids farewell to a landscape of countless cultural riches.
Online
2010; 1999
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Eyes Wide Open [electronic resource]: Exploring Today's South America

South America has tilted to the left, and its socialist governments are forging an economic alliance that places public power, not market dynamics, at the center. The plan? To exploit revenues from the continent's abundant natural resources to build a better future where all will benefit from that wealth-and, in the process, to become free from North American interference. To explore the sociopolitical changes and the vast lands upon which these dramas are being played out, this program travels to the Venezuela of Hugo Chavez, the Brazil of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Bolivia of Evo Morales, the Ecuador of Rafael Correa, the Paraguay of Fernando Lugo, and elsewhere on a continent that is emerging as the master of its own destiny. Narrated by Eduardo Galeano, author of Open Veins o [...]
Online
2010; 2009
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Lost Land of the Andes [electronic resource]

Journeying to a remote land high in the Andean mountains, this program follows a team of adventurers and scientists on a perilous rescue mission. Their goal is not to save lost tourists or injured hikers but to rediscover forgotten cultures, ancient Inca ruins, and rare species of plants and animals. All of this work must be done before a massive highway, which will crisscross the South American continent, transforms the Andean wilderness forever. Time is running out-the research must be done now or never.
Online
2010; 2001
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Money [electronic resource]: Who Creates It? Who Controls It? Who Profits?

In this program, Turkish filmmaker Isaac Isitan investigates recent economic crises in Turkey and Argentina, with a focus on their roots and their effects upon the middle classes in both countries. How could these two countries have gone bankrupt within a decade? The financial turmoil began in the 1980s, when the IMF ordered structural adjustment programs in the agricultural industry and the privatization of government businesses to fund payment of external debts. Furthermore, banks faced with insolvency began closing their doors, denying account-holders access to their life savings. Confronted by a lack of money, citizens in both countries reinvent it through large-scale bartering systems.
Online
2009; 2004