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Which Way Home

A feature documentary that follows unaccompanied child migrants on their journey through Mexico as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like Olga and Freddy, 9-year old Hondurans, who are trying to reach their parents in the US. Children like Jose, a 10-year old El Salvadoran, who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and Kevin, a streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the US. As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, this documentary shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States.
2018; 2010

When Worlds Collide

A highly imaginative exploration of one of the most intriguing epochs in human history: when the 'Old World' first encountered the 'New World.' Travel from Granada in Spain to Machu Picchu in Peru, and from Mexico to Madrid in Spain. Explores how the collision of these two sophisticated but different worlds led to the birth of an entirely new Latino culture.
Clemons (Stacks)

Harvest of Empire

This powerful documentary exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. From the territorial expansionist policies that decimated the young economies of Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire provides an unflinching look at the origins of the growing Latino presence in the United States. Adapted from the landmark book written by journalist Juan Gonzalez, the film tells the story of an epic human saga that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S., but must become part of our national conversation about immigration.
Clemons (Stacks)

Tierra del Fuego

Julius Popper, a mid-19th century Rumanian explorer, travels to Patagonia in search of gold.
2000; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)

Caribbean Command

From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "In this thirty minute documentary, cameras provide a colorful panorama of Latin America locations. From the fascinating site of the Panama Canal with its strategic to colorful glimpses of carnival time, viewers will be exposed to the important story of what the U.S. Army is doing to bolster Latin America solidarity. "Operation Solidarity" was the combined military exercise that tested Latin American military preparedness to deter aggression if and when it should occur."--National Archives and Records Administration.

Operation Amigo

From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "Civic action at work in Latin and South America with assistance offered by members of the U.S. Army. Road-building, medical help and education for the masses are demonstrated as they happened."--National Archives and Records Administration.

The Conquest of the Incas [electronic resource]

In 1527, Francisco Pizarro set off on his third voyage to the New World in hopes of finding great riches in the land of the Inca in Peru. In this program, Michael Wood takes us back in time to discover how Pizarro ransomed the life of a king for a room full of gold and silver. This program portrays a remarkable story of greed, faith, dishonor, and valor. Few stories, if any, in history match its sheer drama.

Hernan Cortez [electronic resource]

A dramatized portrait of the redoubtable conquistador, who instigated the collision of two highly sophisticated and very different cultures when his tiny army clashed with the forces of Montezuma. The resulting holocaust gave rise to the birth of modern Mexico.

Fidel Castro [electronic resource]

After Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, Cuba was transformed from American satellite to Soviet client-and, as the Soviet sphere of influence shrank, Cuba started on the way to being transformed into a stand-alone source of bad news 90 miles off the coast of Florida. This program documents Castro's direction of the overthrow of Batista; his accession to power; the Bay of Pigs attack; Che Guevara's role; changes in the Cuban economy; the continuing United States presence at Guantanamo; the Cuban presence in Angola; the exodus of Cuban refugees to the United States. The program raises but does not answer the questions of whether the Cuban people are better off now than before Castro, or whether Castro enjoys as broad a base of support as he and his idolaters claim.

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.

The Cubans [electronic resource]

This documentary takes a look at Cuban and the daily life of Cubans thirty years after the Revolution. Away from Havana, as removed as possible from the promoters of the official Party line on the one hand, and the dissidents on the other, the program seeks to show how ordinary people live out ordinary lives so close to the U.S. and yet so far.

Peru [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

This Globe Trekker episode follows Neil Gibson's journey through geographically diverse Peru, stretching from the Amazon, across the Andes, and to the Pacific Coast. In capital city Lima, he meets an Irishman who runs a mission in the shanty town Villa El Salvador before traveling north to the Andean city of Huaraz, where he treks up to a glacier 16,000 feet above sea level. He visits the surfer destination beach at Huanchaco, takes a trip in a traditional reed boat, visits a Shaman, goes to the jungle city of Iquitos to explore rainforest wildlife, flies over the mysterious Nazca lines, sees an ancient desert burial site, crosses the highest navigable lake in the world, and celebrates a potato harvest. Neil ends up in Cuzco, the Inca capital, during the sun festival of Inti Raymi. H [...]

!Esplendores! Splendors of Mexico [electronic resource]

This program follows the magnificent museum exhibition that travels across 33 centuries of Mexican art, from the 12th- to 10th-century B.C. gigantic Olmec heads to Frida Kahlo's self-portrait. The exhibition is divided into four periods: the pre-columbian, whose artistic purpose was to venerate the gods, commemorate the rulers, and give form to the natural world; the Viceregal, whose art was intended to teach the native population about Christianity and turn them into loyal and productive servants of Spain; the 19th century, with its Mexican adaptation of European Romanticism and Naturalism; and the 20th century, with its themes of revolution and pride in Mexico's Indian heritage. The artistic voyage, which covers a range of ages and peoples, beliefs and styles, is united by the stro [...]

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.

Embargo [electronic resource]

Almost half a century of American economic and commercial sanctions have left Cuba impoverished, but far from being crushed, the Cuban people embrace the opportunity to improvise. "You can't just buy things," a woman explains. "You have to invent them." One entrepreneur fashioned a motorbike from parts of a Chinese bicycle and the front of a Soviet rig; and with no cosmetics available, women concoct homemade alternatives using shoe polish and crayons. Capturing the vibrancy of everyday life on the streets of Havana, this film is an inspiring tribute to Cuban creativity necessitated by the American trade embargo.

Duel With the Devil [electronic resource]: Homicide in Guatemala City

Guatemala City is one of the most dangerous places in the world. Fewer than 15 out of 5,000 murders result in a conviction. A culture of political repression and intimidation has left people reluctant to trust the judiciary. But - with the help of CSI training - an elite group of officers hope to change things. This documentary follows the special homicide task force as it processes up to 30 killings a night. We also hear from the killers and victims, who risk all to seek justice. The trained C.S.I. officers have passed their skills on to 400 colleagues. More and more crime scenes are yielding court-admissible forensic evidence. But winning public support for the judiciary will depend on results.

Nouveau Poor [electronic resource]: Immigrant Poverty

The "golden door" exalted at the Statue of Liberty still beckons the world's poor. Once inside the U.S., however, most immigrants accept a lifestyle that is anything but glittering. This program reveals the conditions in which an American newcomer, legal or not, struggles to earn a living, save money, and meet basic needs. Featuring interviews with numerous immigrants from Latin America and Africa, the film illustrates their experiences with entrenched racism, unfairly low wages, the lack of a social safety net, few if any economic resources, and crowded, substandard housing. These individuals also describe the goals that drive them-education and a better future for their loved ones-and the equally important work ethic with which the majority of immigrants approach their jobs. Severa [...]

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 [...]