K-12 Films ( A-C )

*      – indicates films that are appropriate for primary schools K-6.

**    – indicates films that are appropriate for secondary schools.

***  – indicates films that are appropriate for primary and secondary schools

 

ADJUSTING IN NICARAGUA: THE IMF, WORLD BANK AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT**
Description: A documentary about the effects of IMF and World Bank policies on the economy and society of Nicaragua, and the efforts to counteract the negative results of such policies through cooperative and community development efforts. This film is based primarily on oral interviews with representatives from development agencies.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 50 minutes

ALPACAS: AN ANDEAN GAMBLE**
Description: A documentary about the efforts to bring alpacas, indigenous animals of the Andes who were sacred in Inca culture, to a community in Northern Peru. Populations of alpacas were devastated during the Spanish conquest. The film depicts this cooperative project, which was initiated in the small Andean community and sponsored by the Interamerican Foundation.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 28 minutes

 

AMERICAS**
Description: A nine-part documentary series on the history of the Americas. Each film carries a special region, time period, or theme. Consult our online film guide for detailed descriptions of each film.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 60 minutes

 

BENEDITA DA SILVA**
Description: A profile of the first black woman ever to be elected city councilor and member of the Brazilian Parliament from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Bene, as she prefers to be called, has lived her entire life in the favelas and worked for twenty-five years as a domestic servant before beginning her public life in 1982, when she won a post as city councilor and was elected a federal MP in 1986. She now devotes her efforts to fighting the racism and discrimination faced by Rio’s slum dwellers, and comments from community leaders and residents show the love and respect she has earned.
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English
Length: 29 minutes

 

BETTY Y PANCHO**
Description: A portrait of the 50 year marriage of Elizabeth Catlett, the renowned African American sculptor, and the Mexican painter, Francisco Mora. Now in their eighties, the couple shares the same studio in Cuernavaca, and exhibits their work in New York, Mexico City, London, and Berlin. The granddaughter of North Carolina slaves, Catlett has been presented the key to the city of New Orleans on the occasion of its bicentennial, and won many other awards. Some of her work is included in the Museum of Art at NC Central.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 57 Minutes

 

BOCA DEL LOBO, LA**
Description: La boca del lobo is fiction inspired by the Peruvian army’s November 1983 massacre of 47 men, women and children suspected of terrorism. When the news of the massacre came out, the army blamed Shining Path for the atrocities, but one eyewitness testified to the contrary. The movie portrays the moral and emotional disintegration of the members of a small army detachment sent away from any world they know to root out Shining Path missing in a remote mountain village.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 122 minutes

 

BODA, LA**
Description: You are invited to the wedding of Elizabeth and Artemio in Nuevo León, Mexico. The video introduces a young couple whose lives and community have roots in Mexico while they encounter the challenges of migrant life in the United States.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 53 minutes

 

BORDERLINE CASES**
Description: Nearly 2000 maquiladoras have been built in Mexico by companies from the US, Asia and Europe. As a result, the border became a 2000 mile long open sewer, and a vast toxic waste dump. Filmed in three border regions, (Matamoros and Brownsville; Tijuana and San Diego; Ciudad Juarez and El Paso), Borderline Cases reveals the complexity and magnitude of the cleanup, and gives a sense of energy and imagination found in the diverse mix of people of both countries, from grass-roots, governments, academia and industry, who are re-thinking traditional notions of borders as they engage in the search for solutions.
Language: English
Subtitles:
Length: 65 minutes

 

BRAZIL* **
Description: This film is intended as an introduction to Brazil, for people of all ages.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 55 minutes

 

BREAK OF DAWN**
Description: Oscar Chavez, a great Mexican singer and actor is the leading actor of this story about the life of Pedro Gonzalez, the host of a radio show in 1930s Los Angeles. His life was filled with romance and music until he challenged a powerful and corrupt political system.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 100 minutes

 

BURIED MIRROR, THE**
Description: (five part series) A co-production of Spanish television and the Smithsonian Institute, this Quincentenary series, narrated by the well known Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes, is an excellent historical analysis and creatively filmed story of the encounter of two worlds in 1492 and the aftermath of this encounter. Five hours in total, it can be shown separately or individually. The parts are titled: “The Virgin and the Bull”, “Conflict of the Gods”, “The Age of Gold,” “The Price of Freedom,” “Unfinished Business.”
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 60 minutes each

 

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB**
Description: The German filmmaker Wim Wenders directs a documentary about the Cuban musicians in the group Buena Vista Social Club. This group has toured the U.S. and their albums have been best sellers for months. The elder members have many unique stories to tell from a country that has been sealed off to American citizens for decades.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 101 minutes

 

CABEZA DE VACA**
Description: Freely adopted from the book Naufragios by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (written in 1542). The film portrays the saga of the adventures of a group of Spanish soldiers in Mexico. Their leader, Cabeza de Vaca, is considered to be one of the first Spaniards to come to some appreciation of the native Indians.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 112 minutes

 

CARACOLES: NEW PATHS OF RESISTANCE**
Description: This is a celebration of the death of the “Aguascalientes” and the birth of the Caracoles and the Good Government Assemblies. Zapatista leaders discuss how changes will affect internal political and economic processes, gender relations, and their relationship to international civil society. The video is an open call to join the Zapatista communities in their struggle for recognition of their autonomy and in their fight against neo-liberal economic policies and globalization.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 42 minutes

 

CARLOS FUENTES**
Description: An interview with the renowned Mexican novelist for World Monitor–a television presentation of the Christian Science Monitor.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 7 minutes

 

CARMEN MIRANDA: BANANAS IS MY BUSINESS**
Description: This film relates the intimate saga of the star who captured the world’s heart and imagination. It reveals the lasting image of Latin American women she created and serves as a celebration of her glorious talents. Using active footage, film fragments, interviews and dramatic re-enactments, acclaimed director Helena Solberg goes behind the scenes to convey the true life story of the “Brazilian Bombshell.”
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English
Length: 90 minutes

 

CHAC, THE RAIN GOD**
Description: This film, based on ritual and legends from the Popul Vuh, as well as Tzeltal and Mayan stories, and shot in the Chiapas region of Mexico, focuses on a small Tzeltal village during a terrible draught. Desperate for relief, thirteen men set out on a quest to save their people from starvation.
Language: Yucatec Maya
Subtitles: English
Length: 95 minutes

 

CHE GUEVARA, ERNESTO**
Description: On October 9, 1967, Che Guevara was executed by the Bolivian army, aided by the CIA. Che’s diary, a detailed, personal account of his futile 11-month attempt to spark a revolution in Bolivia, is the basis of this intimate filmed portrait.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 94 minutes

 

CHIAPAS! THE FIGHT FOR LAND AND LIBERTY**
Description: Produced by John Alpert and Maryann DeLio; co-produced by the Disarm Educational Fund and the Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean. Through interviews with peasants and peasant leaders, the Catholic Church, human rights workers and victims of Army abuses, and government officials, this documentary attempts to portray the life of the indigenous in Chiapas and show why and how the revolution of the Zapatista National Liberation Front in 1994 makes sense in their lives.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 28 minutes

 

CHICANA**
Description: Made by Sylvia Morales. Chicana traces the history of Chicana and Mexican women from pre-Columbian times to the present. It covers women’s role in Aztec society, their participation in the 1810 struggle for Mexican independence, their involvement in the US labor strikes in 1872, their contributions to the 1910 Mexican revolution and their leadership in contemporary civil rights causes.
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Length: 23 minutes

 

CHILE: MEMORIA OBSTINADA, (OBSTINANT MEMORY)**
Description: Film director Patricio Guzmán returns to Chile bringing his 1975 documentary, Battle of Chile, never shown there before.  He talks with many who experienced first hand the 1973 coup against Allende.  They recognize themselves and other comrades in the film. He also talks with Chilean youth who are seeing for the first time a national history to which they were otherwise oblivious.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: None
Length: 58 minutes

 

CHRISTMAS IN MEXICO*
Description: This film looks at the Christmas traditions of Mexico, which feature influences from both Spanish and Native American backgrounds. Intended primarily for younger audiences, with highlights of the celebrations. Produced by the Educational Video Network
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 25 minutes

 

CINCO DE MAYO* **
Description: EVA film briefly introducing this important Mexican-American holiday. On May 5, 1862 a Mexican army defeated French invaders at Puebla. The war with France lasted until 1867, but this important victory became a second independence day. Intended for younger audiences.
Language: English
Subtitles:

 

CINE MAMBEMBE (CINEMA DISCOVERS BRAZIL) **
Description: A pair of filmmakers journey to the interior of Brazil, screening short films to audiences in town squares. From Bahía to the Amazon, they discover a vast country going to the movies, seeing themselves on the big screen for the first time.
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English
Length: 56 minutes

 

CITIES OF THE ANCIENT MAYAS* **
Description: A documentary by the Educational Video Network. Intended for younger audiences.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 23 minutes

 

CIUDAD Y LOS PERROS, LA**
Description: A story about how cadets rebelling against authority in a military academy end up forming a junta with its own hierarchy and rules. Based on the novel by Mario Vargas Llosa.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 138 minutes

COLUMBUS DIDN’T DISCOVER US* **
Description: This documentary features interviews with indigenous activists from North, South, and Central America who gathered at the First Continental Conference of Indigenous Peoples in July of 1990. Native people speak about the impact on their cultures of the Columbus legacy, contemporary struggles over land and human rights, the importance of reviving spiritual traditions, and the need to alert the world to environmental crises.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 24 minutes

 

COMPADRE MENDOZA**
Description: This rare example of classic Mexican cinema examines the corrupted ideals of the Revolution in the story of an opportunistic landowner who faces the choice of remaining loyal to a general in Zapata’s army and being financially ruined or saving his own skin. The character of the general is clearly modeled on Zapata himself.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

 

CONQUISTADORS**
Description: The conquest of the New World in less than 50 years is one of history’s most profound events–and remains one of its greates adventures. British historian Michael Wood captures the bravery, endurance, greed, cruelty, and suffering involved in these 16th-century explorations. Wood turns his attention to the Americas to follow four amazing tales: Cortes’ dramatic conquest of the Aztecs in Mexico; Pizarro’s daring overthrow of the Incas in Peru; Orellana’s obsessive search for El Dorado and discovery of the Amazon; and Cabeza de Vaca’s pivotal crossing of the North American continent. Great Britain/Latin America.
Language: English
Subtitles:
Length: 240 minutes

 

CORAZON INDIO**
Description: A video series from Mirandas Anthropological Workshop (Taller Mirandas
Antropologicas) that works towards recognition of the presence of indigenous
towns in Mexico and their participation in the daily life of the nation.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: None
Length: 25 minutes

COUPLE IN THE CAGE**
Description: This film documents the travelling performance of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco, in which they exhibit themselves as caged Amerindians from an imaginary island, providing a vivid and provocative interpretation of cultural encounters.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 30 minutes

 

CRUCEROS Y CAMINOS**
Description: Like many communities across the Southeast, the town of Clinton, North Carolina, has become home to a vibrant and growing Spanish-speaking community. This diverse community of migrants, who are attracted to the area by jobs in the agriculture and livestock industries, are struggling to honor their cultural and religious identities while making new lives. This short video documentary, made by a graduate student from UNC- Greensboro in collaboration with Clinton’s Immaculate Conception Church and local Latino leaders, consists of still and moving images of community meetings, religious ceremonies, and cultural festivals which are narrated by a mosaic of voices from the community.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 17 minutes

 

CUBA, ISLAND OF DREAMS**
Description: Experience a tour through mountains, beaches, and the colorful panorama Cuba has to offer. This video provides pieces of folklore, music, architecture, history, as it shows the major cities of the island. Video Visits.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 52 minutes

 

CUBA VA: THE CHALLENGE OF THE NEXT GENERATION**
Description: A fast paced weaving of sound bites and interviews that lets young Cubans speak and argue for themselves. What they have to say or sing or rap suggests that everyone born after the revolution has an opinion. Directors/Producers: Gail Dolgin, Vicente Franco. USA (the filmmakers consulted with many Cubans, and filming is entirely in Cuba, but production was done in San Francisco),
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 60 minutes

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