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Bad Hair =: Pelo Malo

A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those curls, to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of himself as a long-haired singer. As the opportunity approaches to have his photo taken for the new school year, that ache turns into a fiery longing. Junior's mother, Marta (Samantha Castillo), is barely hanging on. The father of her children has died, she recently lost her job as a security guard, and she now struggles to put a few arepas on the table for Junior and his baby brother. Juni [...]
Online
2016; 2013
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Venezuela [electronic resource]: Drums of San Juan

In "My Americas," Mexican American hosts Roberto Alcaraz and Leticia Vásquez travel into the rich cultural and spiritual life of Latin America in search of their heritage. In this program, Leticia visits Curiepe, known for its drums, to take part in a fiesta linking African spirituality with the Feast of St. John the Baptist. Local children claim their heritage by learning traditional songs and dances, and a master drum maker teaches his art to new generations. Leticia discovers diverse bird species while touring the mangroves, a habitat endangered by local development. At a centuries-old cacao plantation owned by descendants of former slaves and using traditional cultivation methods, she learns about the chocolate production process. The drums of Saint John symbolize Afro-Venezuelan [...]
Online
2015; 2004
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Caribbean With Simon Reeve: Part 2 [electronic resource]

In the second program, Simon Reeve goes to Barbados, one of the wealthiest islands in the Caribbean. Learn how high-end tourism has impacted life in Barbados. In Venezuela - a poor nation, despite having some of the largest gas and oil reserves in the world - Simon looks at the mismanagement of natural resources and meets the inventive people running businesses from a 'shanti town in the sky', an abandoned skyscraper that is home to more than 3,000 people. Moving on to Colombia, he meets the banana farmers still living with the scars of decades of civil conflict but finds a country well on the road to recovery.
Online
2015
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Growing Change: A Journey Inside Venezuela's Food Revolution

After hearing about efforts in Venezuela to develop a more equitable as well as sustainable food and agriculture system, filmmaker Simon Cunich heads to Venezuela to investigate what we might learn about food sovereignty from the country's various initiatives to reduce the price of food by opening up urban land to community farming. So they may become urban gardeners, the nation is providing citizens with free seeds, tools, and other materials needed to organically grow food.
Online
2014; 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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Growing Change [electronic resource]: A Journey Inside Venezuela's Food Revolution

After hearing about efforts in Venezuela to develop a more equitable as well as sustainable food and agriculture system, filmmaker Simon Cunich heads to Venezuela to investigate what we might learn about food sovereignty from the country's various initiatives to reduce the price of food by opening up urban land to community farming. So they may become urban gardeners, the nation is providing citizens with free seeds, tools, and other materials needed to organically grow food.
Online
2011
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Araya

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Explored is a day in the lives of three families living in Araya, an arid peninsula in Venezuela. For centuries since its discovery by the Spanish, the region's salt was collected and stacked into radiant white pyramids. Captured are the breathtaking and unforgettable images from the salineros toiling to build the mountains of salt, a fisherman hauling in huge teeming nets, and a young girl and her grandmother laying 'flowers' of shells on windswept graves.
DVD
2011; 1959
Clemons (Stacks)
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Postales de Leningrado

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"Portrays the history of a young woman guerrilla who, as a subversive in the 1960s, has to give birth while she is still clandestine. However?and just by coincidence?her daughter is the first to be born on Mother?s Day in 1966; thus, the mother?s photo appears published in the newspaper. This maximum exposure contrasts with her furtive life, as parents and children while fleeing from the militia adopt an anonymous life, filled with threats and fear. The daughter is now the protagonist who narrates the tale and whose perspective testifies to events that have never really ended, but always only have been interrupted and changed. The girl?s narrative encompasses the story of ther cousin Teo, as the children wait for postcards from Leningrad as proof that their parents are down from the [...]
DVD
2009; 2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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El Sistema: Music to Change Life

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Venezuela has a unique system of music education, taking children from violent slums of Caracas and turns some of them into world-class musicians. Shows how Venezuelan visionary Jose Antonio Abreu has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children over the past three decades. Children from streets dominated by the gun battles of gang warfare are taken into music schools, given access to music, and taught how to build a better society.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Visages D'une Déesse Vénézuelienne: Rostros de Una Divindad Venezolana

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"María Lionza is the most popular Goddess in Venezuela. Several individuals belonging to very different social circles maintain particular links with her image. In the Venezuelan mythological universe this Goddess is an exceptional case because, depending on the representations, she is represented as an Indian, mixed race, white and black woman. Sometimes she is a beneficial entity and sometimes an evil one. The individuals in this documentary offer a portrait of the rich symbolism of Maria Lionza, and highlight some of the roles her image plays in contemporary Venezuelan society, and some of the ethnic, religious and social conflicts which characterize this society. At the end of the film, at an opening of an exhibition on María Lionza, all the images shown during the film coincide [...]
DVD
2008; 2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Promise of Music

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This film documents Gustavo Dudamel preparing his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in Caracas for their upcoming concert at the Beethovenfest in Bonn, 2007. Following different musicians in their day-to-day lives, the film shows how classical music is changing the individual and their environment. The climax of the film is the Bonn concert, which includes Beethoven's complete "Eroica" symphony and two pieces from the orchestra's Latin American homeland.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Hugo Chavez Show

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"Frontline looks at Venezuela's controversial and outspoken president, Hugo Chavez, and the revolution he claims is turning his country into an anti-capitalist beacon for Latin America and the world. Through the lens of his unique weekly program "Aló Presidente" and the eyes of the Venezuelans who know him well, Frontline digs below the surface of his presidency and his personality to try to understand the mercurial leader."--Container.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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¿Puedo Hablar?: Retrato de Un Movimiento = May I Speak? : Portrait of a Movement

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An examination of Venezuelan politics and society in the mid-2000s, looking at how a variety of Venezuelans feel about President Hugo Chávez Frías and the "Bolivarian Revolution" led by his Fifth Republic Movement. Set during the 2006 presidential election, in which Chávez ultimately defeated Manuel Rosales.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Secuestro Express

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Two wealthy young Venezuelans are kidnapped by small-time criminals from Caracas.
DVD
2006; 2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Tocar y Luchar

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"To Play and to Fight presents the capitvating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System--an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela's towns and villages. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history. The documentary portrays the inspirational stories of world class musicians trained by the Venezuelan system, including the Berlin Philharmonic's youngest player Edicson Ruiz and world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel ..."--Container.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Venezuela [electronic resource]: 21st Century to Prehistory

In 1524, Venezuela was the first country with a woman ruler-on Margarita Island. Beginning there, this program traces the role of women in the nation's profitable oil industry, and their struggle with oil companies to protect the environment. The discussion is then extended to what general economic opportunities (or lack of them) are available to women within the culture-from drug smuggling to engineering-and the ongoing racism and violence that keep many women living in poverty.
Online
2006; 1992
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Venezuela [electronic resource]: Del Siglo 21 a la Prehistoria

In 1524, Venezuela was the first country with a woman ruler-on Margarita Island. Beginning there, this program traces the role of women in the nation's profitable oil industry, and their struggle with oil companies to protect the environment. The discussion is then extended to what general economic opportunities (or lack of them) are available to women within the culture-from drug smuggling to engineering-and the ongoing racism and violence that keep many women living in poverty. Also available in English.
Online
2006; 1992
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Hugo Chavez [electronic resource]

Ascending to the Venezuelan presidency on a wave of anti-corruption, anti-poverty, and anti-American sentiment, Hugo Chavez has become one of the most charismatic and controversial leaders on the world stage. This program details the rise of the Chavez government and the challenges it has faced in reforming the South American nation's economy and political culture. Incorporating incisive commentary from Venezuelan journalists, academics, and opposition leaders-as well as in-depth interviews with Chavez himself-this case study in developing-world politics provides a penetrating look at a confrontational and transformative head of state.
Online
2006; 2005
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Chong Chu Yamaxun: Charging Out Amazon

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In 1999, two officers from China's Special Forces participated in the training program in South America organized by the International School for Hunters. Enduring both physical and psychological ordeals that reached the human limit, they triumphed in the end.
DVD
2004; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)