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61.

Coyote [electronic resource]: Immigration Case Study

For guidance northward, illegal immigrants from Latin America frequently enlist mercenary escorts known as "coyotes." This program examines one such charming and unseemly figure and the three Guatemalans who have placed their trust in him. Viewers follow the nervous foursome through checkpoints and river crossings as they employ unreliable forged documents and take on false identities-while facing physical danger and the constant threat of deportation. Ultimately, the film echoes the heady and traumatic experiences known to millions of undocumented immigrants-especially since only one of the protagonists gains any tangible success from the journey.
Online
2009; 2008
62.

El Corrido Mexicano [electronic resource]: Musica y Cuernos de Chivo

In existence for more than a century, the Mexican corrido-or musica de la frontera, as it has also come to be known-continues to be met with enthusiasm on both sides of the Mexico/U.S. border. Filmed on location in Mexico and San Diego, this program showcases performances of the following songs: "Terrible Cuerno de Chivo," by Los Sierrenos; "Ezequiel Rodriguez," by El Palomo y el Gorrion; "Operacion Pesada," by Los Tucanes de Tijuana; "Las Monjitas" and "El Mexicano Mojado," by Grupo Exterminador; and "Contrabando y Traicion," "Pacas de a Kilo," "Jefe de Jefes," "De Paisano a Paisano," and "Somos Mas Americanos" by Los Tigres del Norte.
Online
2009; 2007
63.

Mama Coca's War [electronic resource]: How the War on Drugs Impacts Latin America

Since the United Nations prohibited coca cultivation in 1961, a battle has raged around the simple, versatile plant. In the West, coca is synonymous with violence and terror. For the people of the Andes, however, coca represents a viable and ancient livelihood. This program follows their resistance to the sweeping illegalization and eradication measures instituted by Latin American governments, the United States, and other global powers. Viewers will learn how activist networks cross national borders with increasing momentum while risking reprisals by death squads and guerilla forces. The film also presents the perspective of police and drug enforcement agencies that patrol the Latin American "drug route.
Online
2009; 2007
64.

The Lithium Revolution [electronic resource]: Unlocking Bolivia's Lithium Wealth

High in the Andes, lies the world's largest reserves of the mineral lithium which is likely to help power the electric and hybrid vehicles of the future. The lithium is locked in the brine of Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world. If oil transformed the wealth and economic clout of the Middle East during the last century is lithium about to do the same for South America's poorest country, Bolivia? With demand predicted to massively outstrip supply companies from across the world are now queuing up to register their interest with a government that is determined to keep its resources under state control.
Online
2009
65.

La Pu-- y la Ballena: The Whore and the Whale

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A writer going though an emotional crisis decides to research the work of an Argentinean photographer. Uncovering a passionate love story between her subject and a prostitute, she unearths hidden feelings of her own. She travel to the Argentine Patagonia in her quest for answers.
DVD
2008; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)
66.

The True Story of Che Guevara

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"Argentine renegade Che Guevara led a life cloaked in mystery and obscured by legend. His powerful charisma and his dedication to worldwide revolution terrified some of the world's most influential men and left armies scrambling to destroy him. Immediately upon entering the international spotlight, Guevara was as passionately love by some as he was reviled by others. From a privileged childhood in Argentina to the lonely execution in the jungles of Bolivia, the life of Che Guevara is intimately revealed through interviews with his family, supporters, and enemies. This extraordinary documentary chronicles Che's transformative motorcycle trips through the poorest corners of South America, his leadership in the Cuban Revolution's decisive Battle of Santa Clara, and his transformatio [...]
DVD
2008; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
67.

Missing

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Critically acclaimed political drama about a father's search for his missing son in Latin America.
DVD
2008; 1982
Clemons (Stacks)
68.

Teotihuacan [electronic resource]

This program is devoted to the history and the archaeological sites of Teotihuacan, the City of the Gods. Once the largest city in Mesoamerica, birthplace of the creation myth that held sway for over 1,800 years, political and financial hub of a vast tributary network, Teotihuacan disappeared without an explanation, leaving buildings, paintings, and the oral tradition of the Nahuas, which was finally documented in writing 800 years after Teotihuacan had reached its peak.
Online
2008; 1983
69.

The Evolution of Chile [electronic resource]: Prosperity for Some

In just 25 years, Chile has gone from a Marxist state to a dictatorship to a democracy. The transition has strengthened Chile's economy, but not all Chilean citizens have shared in the prosperity. In fact, the divisions between rich and poor have widened, causing critics to question whether democratic capitalism is the right solution. As the scenario unfolds, so do the moral issues surrounding the economic path Chile has chosen. Using Chile as a case study, this program examines these issues, and the difficulties experienced by other Third World nations also riding the tidal wave of post-Cold War economic reforms.
Online
2008; 1998
70.

Sing and Don't Cry [electronic resource]: Mariachis

The mariachi sound is the heart and soul of Mexico-and a form of music that today is enjoyed throughout the world. In this down-to-earth program, mariachi aficionado Cornelio Garcia introduces viewers to the music, history, and cultural importance of mariachi bands in Mexico and elsewhere. Whether they are marching in a parade, performing onstage in a restaurant or at a fiesta, or even serenading mourners at a funeral, mariachis bring pleasure to all who hear them. The renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan is spotlighted.
Online
2008; 2005
71.

Rebel Music [electronic resource]: Americas

From Tierra del Fuego to the Rio Grande, musicians are lending their voices to dynamic political movements. This program features several defiant artists in performances that are interwoven with social commentary on displaced or disadvantaged communities. Mexican-American Lila Downs sings songs of turmoil at the U.S. border. Anibal and Charly, from the group Santa Revuelta, take us inside the Argentine monetary crisis. Brazilian songwriter Chico Cesar has taken up the cause of landless peasants. With the vallenato of Oyeme Choco, members of an Afro-Colombian community sing of the military operations that drove them off their land. Through their music, these groups take viewers inside major grassroots movements shaping the Americas of today.
Online
2008; 2007
72.

Rebel Music [electronic resource]: Americas

From Tierra del Fuego to the Rio Grande, musicians are lending their voices to dynamic political movements. This program features several defiant artists in performances that are interwoven with social commentary on displaced or disadvantaged communities. Mexican-American Lila Downs sings songs of turmoil at the U.S. border. Anibal and Charly, from the group Santa Revuelta, take us inside the Argentine monetary crisis. Brazilian songwriter Chico Cesar has taken up the cause of landless peasants. With the vallenato of Oyeme Choco, members of an Afro-Colombian community sing of the military operations that drove them off their land. Through their music, these groups take viewers inside major grassroots movements shaping the Americas of today.
Online
2008; 2007
73.

Torre Mayor, Mexico City [electronic resource]

One of the strongest buildings on the planet, Torre Mayor is constructed to withstand seismic movement that would obliterate the average skyscraper. Built in the wake of Mexico City's devastating 1985 earthquake, the tower is both a monument to engineering and a haven of safety in one of the world's most active seismic zones. This program focuses on the brilliant safety solutions behind Torre Mayor's innovative design. Viewers are introduced to its double-triangle diamond pattern, an ultra-solid combination of bracing and dampers, and the building's concrete-encased steel columns-all resulting in a tower that does not sway significantly during a quake.
Online
2008; 2007
74.

Beyond Elections [electronic resource]: Redefining Democracy in the Americas

In 1989, the Brazilian Workers' Party altered the concept of local government when they installed participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre, allowing residents to participate directly in the allocation of city funds. Ten years later, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was swept into power with the promise of granting direct participation to the Venezuelan people, who later formed tens of thousands of self-organized communal councils. In the Southern Cone, cooperative and recuperated factory numbers have grown, and across the Americas social movements and constitutional assemblies are taking authority away from the ruling elites and putting power into the hands of their members and citizens. The film features interviews with Eduardo Galeano, Amy Goodman, Emir Sader, Marta Harnecker, Ward [...]
Online
2008
75.

The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America

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A small group of South Americans are eager to affirm their Jewish faith. Their ancestors, Spanish Jews, were forced to convert during the Inquisition. Even after centuries of living in the New World as Catholics and intermarrying, their families still managed to secretly pass down some Jewish traditions from generation to generation. These practices have convinced them that they were originally Jews and fuel their desire to convert. The Longing, set in Ecuador, tells the story of a group of "conversos" attempting to regain their birthright. Among those featured are three women who traveled 36 hours roundtrip, by bus, from Colombia and a couple from a small Ecuadorian town. On the Internet, they have found an American rabbi from Kansas City committed to helping "lost Jews" throughout [...]
Online
2007
76.

Simon Bolivar [electronic resource]: Great Liberator

Here is a portrait of Simon Bolivar-aristocratic revolutionary, victor in battle, and loser to those who considered the revolution their personal mandate-and of the landscapes and forces that shaped the Latin America of his day and ours. This superb documentary details how and why Spain lost her colonies, and the historic trends and national heroes responsible for the outcome.
Online
2007; 1985
77.

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 [...]
Online
2007
78.

Threads of Hope [electronic resource]

This program tells the powerful story of a group of women who banded together and dared to defy the brutal dictatorship of Chile's Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The women-mothers, wives, and sisters of the tens of thousands of victims of the regime's torture and execution-armed only with scraps of cloth, sewing needles, and the overwhelming desire to find their loved ones, set to work to tell their stories by creating arpilleras, colorful handmade tapestries which chronicled the horror and injustice of Pinochet's reign of terror. The tapestries were ultimately smuggled out of the country and sold, with the proceeds returned to Chile to support the victims' families. The program, narrated by Donald Sutherland, explores the compelling stories of three of these women and how through their vibr [...]
Online
2007; 1997
79.

Fernando Botero [electronic resource]: Searching for the Heroic in Art

Fernando Botero's distinctive style-smooth inflated shapes with unexpected shifts in scale-reflects the Colombian artist's constant search to give volume presence and reality. This program combines commentary by Botero himself with abundant examples of his paintings and sculptures to examine the remarkable life and work of a world-renowned visionary. By integrating and reworking artistic themes from the Middle Ages, the Quattrocento, the Latin American colonial period, and the 20th century, Botero continues to flesh out his conception of a remarkably monumental and exaggerated world of pleasure and plenty.
Online
2007; 2003
80.

Sing and Don't Cry [electronic resource]: Mariachis

The mariachi sound is the heart and soul of Mexico-and a form of music that today is enjoyed throughout the world. In this down-to-earth program, mariachi aficionado Cornelio Garcia introduces viewers to the music, history, and cultural importance of mariachi bands in Mexico and elsewhere. Whether they are marching in a parade, performing onstage in a restaurant or at a fiesta, or even serenading mourners at a funeral, mariachis bring pleasure to all who hear them. The renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan is spotlighted.
Online
2007; 2005