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Investigating Operation Condor [electronic resource]: Controversy in the Fight Against Terrorism

In the name of the struggle against terrorism, a special operation - code named Condor - was conducted in the 1970s and 1980s in South America. Its targets were left-wing political dissidents, organized labor, and intellectuals. Condor soon became a network of military dictatorships supported by the U.S. State Department, the CIA, and Interpol. This film by Rodrigo Vazquez, a young Argentinian director, tells that story by following several victims of Operation Condor who are fighting for the truth, and by meeting key members of the Condor network who - after 9/11/2001 - openly claim being pioneers of the current fight against international terrorism.

Argentina [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

Justine Shapiro explores Argentina, from the mile wide Iguazu Falls to the mystic caves and Parque Nacional Los Glaciales in El Calafate, in this episode of Globe Trekker. She visits a theme park made entirely of garbage, the largest penguin colony in the South Atlantic, the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Eva Peron's grave, and the tranquil El Bolson, where she meets a fellow American who settled down in this calm haven. She buys a bracelet made from goat's toenails, learns to tango, drinks mate with the locals, attends a religious festival in honor of the Virgin of the Valley, feeds bread to alligators, hangs out with Argentinian cowboys, and takes a three-day train ride known as The Train to the Clouds, which rises to 15,000 feet in places.

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 [...]

Columbia and Panama [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

This Globe Trekker video follows Megan McCormick through Colombia and Panama, starting in Panama City's Plaza de la Independencia where Panama twice declared its independence, first from the Spanish and later from Greater Colombia. She samples roasted plantain, visits the famous Panama Canal, and stops in a region of the San Blas archipelago belonging to the semi-autonomous indigenous group, the Kuna, before traveling to South America and into Colombia. In Bogotá she checks into the famous Platypus hostel. Colombia struggles with rebel groups and drug-trafficking, and Megan goes to see Miguel Caballero's bullet proof clothing collection and pops into the local Police Museum to see an exhibition about famous drug dealer Pablo Escobar. She tours a coca plantation, learns about colonial [...]

Northeast Brazil [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

Ian Wright travels through the north east of Brazil. This Globe Trekker episode follows him from Salvador, the colonial capital of Bahia, where he samples the famous Brazilian coffee and participates in Capoeira, a traditional martial art combining ballet and acrobatics, into the interior of Brazil. Ian explores the Chapada Diamantina National Park near Lencois, joins a traditional wedding ceremony for the great Brazilian football legend, Pele. Travelling up the coast, Ian visits the multi-colored sandhills of Morro Branco, where intricate sand paintings are made. He joins in the party at a carnival in Fortaleza and stops off at the isolated fishing village of Jericoacoara, where he stays with a Brazilian family. The final leg of Ian's trip takes him to the mouth of the Amazon, and t [...]

Rio de Janeiro City Guide [electronic resource]: Pilot Guides

In this Pilot Guides episode Ian Wright travels the south-east coast of Brazil and stays in the carnival capital of the world, Rio de Janeiro. He checks out the beach at Copacabana and tours the wealthy district of Santa Tereza, home of notorious ex-train robber Ronnie Biggs. He then takes a tourist train to the top of Corcovado, a 2,200 foot mountain topped by a massive statue of Christ the Redeemer. He tours the tropical rainforest of Taguca National Park, goes hang-gliding over the city vistas, visits the depressed favelas, and attends a big football game at the Maracana Stadium. In Parati, a town known for cachaça, Ian witnesses its creation and samples the pure alcoholic beverage. Back in Rio the carnival celebrations are heating up and Ian learns how to samba at one of the samb [...]

Ultimate Mexico [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

In this Globe Trekker video, Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, and Zay Harding explore the history and culture of Mexico, starting with a trek into the mountains to climb the mighty pyramids and see the remains of Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Palenque, Tulum and Tenochtitlan, where the Mayans, Aztecs, and other pre-colonial Mexicans lived and worshipped. They investigate how the arrival of Cortez and Christianity near Acapulco in 1519 transformed the country's culture right up to the present day. From bullfights to the Day of The Dead festival to art and cuisine, Spanish influences mingle with indigenous traditions. Away from the cities, the explorers go cliff diving and surfing near Acapulco, play with whales in Baja, sweat it out with the Tarahumara Indians in the spectacular Copper Canyo [...]

Venezuela [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

This Globe Trekker video follows Ian Wright through the Andes Mountains and savannas of Venezuela. In Meridas, known as the roof of Venezuela, Ian takes a cable car to the top of a mountain and paraglides down. He then heads to a ranch populated by the Yanieros, whose ancestors fought the Spanish in the wars of independence, where he rounds-up cattle and spies other inhabitants, including deadly anacondas. He joins a water buffalo race, meets members of a religious cult on a pilgrimage, visits the coral reef at the celebrity retreat Los Roques, and sees the rainforest region of Gran Sabana, called the Lost World for its pre-historic landscapes. The reigning Miss Venezuela shows him around Caracas and brings him to a beauty school that trains young pageant queens. Finally, Ian takes a [...]

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.

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.

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.
2009; 2004

Amazon [electronic resource]: Land of the Flooded Forest

When seasonal rains sweep across South America, the Amazon River and its tributaries overflow their banks to create an ecosystem unlike any other-a place where, for six months out of each year, land-dwellers and water-dwellers mingle. This program joins an expert Amazon biologist in a journey into the flooded forests of the Amazon Basin to film dolphins navigating through treetops, a male "water monkey" releasing a cloud of babies from the nest in its mouth, and the usually lethargic three-toed sloth swimming agilely among branches. The video also explores the depletion of the region's natural resources, both by indigenous inhabitants struggling to survive and by outsiders eager to clear land for mass crop production.
2009; 2002

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.
2010; 2001

Chicas [electronic resource]

Hollywood is the epicenter of English-language entertainment, but there are plenty of other places that might be described as dream factories-not least in the Spanish-speaking world, where thriving film and TV industries create on their own terms. With a focus on television acting, this program offers examples of ways for budding Spanish-speakers to talk about their dreams and career aspirations. Viewers learn about the personal goals and ambitions of four young women who are students at the Televisa training school in Mexico City, where many popular Spanish-language soap operas (telenovelas) are produced.

Mi Buenos Aires Querido [electronic resource]

Miguel Rep is one of Argentina's most famous cartoonists, and he knows his way around Buenos Aires as well as his way around a drawing easel. In this program, he sketches views of city landmarks and of his favorite bohemian haunts. In the process, he helps beginning Spanish speakers learn how to describe aspects of urban geography-from cafes to waterfronts to public buildings-while other Buenos Aires residents do their part to usher viewers through the city and the language. Featured locations include the Plaza de Mayo, the cemetery of Recoleta, the culturally rich barrio of Boedo, and the Plaza San Martin.

Salsa [electronic resource]

Even in the world's largest metropolis, you can still get away from it all. Mexico City's suburb of Xochimilco is a popular place for family outings-and a great location for an up-and-coming restaurant. Following the Patino sisters (Monica, a chef, and Claudia, a designer) as they plan for the grand opening of their ambitious eatery, this program helps Spanish language learners practice ordering food and drinks and discuss other travel-related topics. Progress and occasional setbacks occur as the sisters' vision takes shape, adding a touch of suspense to this illuminating look at Mexican cuisine, culinary history, and entrepreneurship.

Bienvenidos! [electronic resource]

Every coffee farmer dreams that this year's harvest will be a good one. In Colombia, farmers meet regularly to discuss the harvest-over a cup of coffee, naturally. Coffee is likewise a frequent centerpiece when Colombians want to make guests feel at home. All of which makes for a valuable collection of Spanish lessons that highlight the fine arts of hospitality, cooperation, and teamwork. Viewers are shown scenes of coffee growing, processing, and packaging-in addition to the crowning of a regional "Coffee Queen"-that help develop vocabulary and usage while building awareness of a vital aspect of Latin American culture.

Barrio [electronic resource]

Guadalajara-Mexico's second largest city, and the capital of the state of Jalisco. Some 350,000 people have moved here from the poorer parts of Jalisco in search of employment and a better way of life. Dr. Marco Castillo has a dream-to improve the lives of the people of Guadalaraja with a comprehensive health system. This program helps foreign language students discuss Guadalara's social issues in Spanish as it explores Dr. Castillo's aim to establish health clinics; set up training programs in hygiene, diet, and first aid; and implement other measures designed to help people help themselves.

Fiesta [electronic resource]

The Day of the Dead is Mexico's most important fiesta. In the city of Pátzcuaro, Mexico, local residents await and discuss the festival with great anticipation. This program highlights their activities leading up to, during, and following Dia de los Muertos, offering plenty of Spanish lessons in the process. Because locally made foods, drinks, and souvenirs are often a big part of the holiday, viewers of the program will find ample opportunity to absorb Spanish-language discussions of the shopping, baking, flower-gathering, and decorating that are all part of the preparations. Visitors to a cemetery on the night of the event share their thoughts and feelings about its meaning in their lives.

El Viaje [electronic resource]

Crisscrossing the geographically diverse nation of Ecuador, this program follows the travels of a radio journalist who, while making his living in Quito, the capital city, has always dreamed of visiting remote places in which his broadcasts are heard. Viewers discover ways to ask for and discuss travel information in Spanish, as well as helpful words and phrases for marketplace bargaining and for appreciating the craftsmanship with which many rural Ecuadorians support themselves. Local spiritual and religious traditions are also explored as the journalist compiles and completes a radio report on his adventure.