K-12 Films ( D-L )

*      – 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

 

DANCE OF HOPE**
Description: To call attention to the absence of their loved ones, “disappeared” during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, Chilean women perform the cueca, Chile’s national dance of passion and courtship, poignantly and without partners.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 100 minutes

 

DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN, A**
Description: “A Day without a Mexican” is a “mocumentary” a real documentary about a false event! California is shocked. One third of its population has disappeared and they are all Hispanics. Reporters take to the streets to capture the immediate effects of the crisis: “The Mexicans disappeared? That’s great!” Have you been to the store…$6 for a head of lettuce, $8 for a pound of tomatoes?” The film mixes facts and fiction with a touch of humor. Fact and fiction quickly begin to look alike, calling into question the idea of “objectivity” and “documentary as the truth.” -Fiction.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 30 minutes

 

DEDOS DE LUNA* **
Description: A bilingual unit based on Dedos De Luna by Tony Johnston and Leonel Maciel. Through a poetic combination of words and paintings, Dedos De Luna, tells the story of Toño and his grandfather, Don Gregorio. They enjoy making masks together, until Don Gregorio dies after making his last mask. Toño must come to terms with the death and decide whether to carry on the tradition of mask making. The unit effectively confronts issues of loss, death, and cultural values through a series of well-organized and detailed lessons. The study of Dedos De Luna culminates in a student fiesta of grandparents, memories, and the future.

Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

 

DRUG WARS: FRONTLINE DOCUMENTARY**
Description: Despite America’s 30-year war on drugs, the use of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana remains essentially unchanged. This two-part documentary presents a television history of America’s war on drugs from both sides of the battlefield. The first episode examines the impact of crack cocaine on our city streets and our criminal justice system. The report also investigates Mexico’s role in supplying drugs for American demand. The second episode recounts the origins of the drug campaign, from the Nixon administration’s drug control efforts to the rapid rise and fall of the Colombian drug cartels. PBS documentary from Frontline.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 240 minutes

 

EISENSTEIN EN MÉXICO: EL CÍRCULO ETERNO (EISENSTEIN IN MEXICO: THE ETERNAL CIRCLE) **
Description: The great Soviet filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein went to Mexico in 1929 to shoot the film Qué vive México using surrealist and muralist influence. The project was never finished. However this documentary film follows the work of Eisenstein including stills of footage, interviews with collaborators, and photographs and studies of the project.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: None
Length: 90 minutes

 

EJERCICIOS RITMOS LATINOS* **
Description: An introduction for younger audiences to some elements of Latin music. EVA series
Language: Spanish
Subtitles:

 

EVA PERON**
Description: A film biography about Eva Perón, the work seeks to portray the political acumen and skill of a consummate politician–“the power behind the throne”–of the populist Argentine, Juan Perón. The film represents an Argentine perspective grounded in history rather than treatments of Eva such as Andrew Lloyd Weber musical and Madonna versions.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 114 minutes

 

FIVE SUNS, THE: A SACRED HISTORY OF MEXICO**
Description: Patricia Amlin, the extraordinary animator who created Popol Vuh has taken authentic images from ancient Maya ceramics and turned them into a riveting retelling of the Maya creation myth. The story tells how Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca create heaven and earth, journey to the underworld to create humans and find sustenance for them, and finally create the sun and the moon.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 58 minutes

 

FLIGHT OF PEDRO PAN, THE**
Description: Experience the heartache and uncertainty of the 1960s flight of more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children to the United States. The children of Operation Pedro Pan share their personal stories of the sacrifice, survival, broken hearts and new beginnings through interviews and archival footage.
Language: English and Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 90 minutes

 

FRIDA**
Description: On her deathbed artist Frida Kahlo conjures up images and memories of her life as a painter, revolutionary and woman of the world. Her stormy relationship with muralist Diego Rivera, her tender hospitality for exiled Leon Trotsky, her struggle for acceptance as an artist, and the travail of her illnesses and injuries are all recalled in a style reminiscent of her own work, simultaneously sophisticated and primitive, flamboyant and delicate.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 108 minutes

 

FRIDA KAHLO: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST**
Description: A documentary about Frida Kahlo’s painful life and creative process. This film is part of the series “Portraits of an Artist.”
Language: English
Subtitles:
Length: 62 minutes

 

FRIDA (DIRECTED BY MARCELA VIOLANTE) **
Description: Visually depicts the life of Frida Kahlo through her own paintings and the surroundings of her home in Coyoacán, Mexico City.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: None
Length: 16 minutes

 

GALLO DE ORO, EL**
Description: Based on a story by Juan Rulfo. A poor man is given a near-dead fighting cock and he nurses him back to life. While this brings him life, he finds that when he forgets his roots, he soon runs out of luck.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 105 minutes

 

GERTRUDIS BOCANEGRA**
Description: Gertrudis Bocanegra Lazo de la Vega–played by award winning actress Ofelia Medina–a criollo woman who participated in the Mexican war of independence, is the central character of this film. Gertrudis becomes acutely aware of the social injustice prevalent in Mexico in the late Colonial period and gets involved in the Hidalgo’s movement for independence. Using the technique of flashback, she tells her story from her prison cell in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 98 minutes

 

GREENER GRASS: CUBA, BASEBALL, AND THE UNITED STATES**
Description: While unfolding the story of the Cuba vs. the Baltimore Orioles games, this documentary develops a narrative of the history of baseball as an element of Cuban national identity, and the impact the sport has had on both the United States and Cuban relations. Especially interesting is the story of African Americans playing for Cuban teams, and both white and black Cubans playing in the early American Negro Leagues when baseball was segregated in the United States
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Length: 60 minutes

 

GRINGOTON (Gringo-thon) **
Description: During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a misplaced gringo in Mexico City helplessly watches the atrocities through Mexican television news. Taking a tip from his local neighbors, he begins to sell chewing gum and wash car windows in the streets…to raise money for a guerrilla army to take out Bush. “Gringo-thon” is a personal expression of protest of an expatriate living abroad and a meditation of the complexities of “gringo” identity.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 17 minutes

 

GRINGO IN MAÑANALAND, THE**
Description: This film is a montage of scenes from travelogues, dramatic films, industrial films, newsreels, military footage, geography textbook illustrations and political cartoons. Together they explore the stereotyped image of Latin America in popular US media during the 20th century.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 61 minutes

 

HAVANA NAGILA: THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN CUBA**
Description: This documentary traces the history and presence of the Jewish community in Cuba. It explores the impact of the 1959 Revolution on the five percent of the original community, the community’s recent resurgence, and the international issues that affect its future. Rich in footage of Cuba, archival material and interviews, this film depicts an important history of Jewish immigration, with a focus on the particular experience of Cuban Jews. Edited by Vicente Franco and narrated by Isabel Alegría.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 57 minutes

 

HELLO HEMINGWAY**
Description: Set in pre-revolutionary Cuba (late 1950s), this winner of the 1990 Grand Coral Prize in Havana deals with the inner conflicts of a young girl’s coming of age, her identification with a Hemingway she never meets, and a society she finds confining.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 90 minutes

HISTORIA OFICIAL, LA**
Description: Set in the 1980s, the film follows the sheltered wife of a wealthy businessman who finds herself face to face with a legacy of terror as she begins to discover that her adopted daughter may have been stolen from a family “disappeared” during the Argentine military dictatorship in the 1970s.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 112 minutes

I AM CUBA**
Description: A visually stunning film that was made between 1961 and 1964 in Cuba by the acclaimed Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov (The Cranes Are Flying), with a screenplay by Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Enrique Pineda Barnet. The camera work is amazing in this propaganda epic that portrays four vignettes of Cuba in the period immediately prior to the 1959 Revolution. The film is a beautiful examination of the social and economic conditions in Cuba during the Batista era.
Language: Spanish & Russian
Subtitles: English
Length: 141 minutes

 

I AM JOAQUIN**
Description: This work by Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino marked the emergence of film as a distinct cultural and aesthetic practice within the Chicano Movement. In the film, Luis Valdez gives a dramatic interpretation of Rudilfo “Corky” Gonzalez’s epic poem: I Am Joaquin, which was often distributed through mimeographed booklets to be read at rallies. This powerful film delineates all the contradictions of the Chicano experience over a 500-year genealogy of mestizo resistance.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: None
Length: 20 minutes

 

ILHA DAS FLORES**
Description: This is a hilarious but devastating film about values, the food chain, and the human condition. Ultimately, a Brazilian island where pigs eat first, and the people are fed what the pigs leave over provides an example of how arbitrarily we have arrived at the human food chain and system of exchange that we now know.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 15 minutes

 

IN SEARCH OF THE MAYAS**
Description: Deep in the rainforest of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula are the lost Mayan Cities of Chichen Itzá an Palenque. Discover their magic and learn about the Mayan culture while exploring some of the region’s most exquisite examples of pre-Hispanic American architecture.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: None
Length: 60 minutes

 

INCAS REMEMBERED* **
Description: Explores the mysteries of an advanced civilization’s disappearance. The miracles of the Incas are presented in this engrossing special by award winning filmmaker Luch Jarvis. Suitable for all ages, but excellent for elementary-school students.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 60 minutes

 

JULIO Y SU ANGEL**
Description: An eight-year-old boy tired of living in an orphanage and working in a tortilla factory decides to search for the guardian angel his mother promised to send. The angel appears to him as a grumpy old Mexican man who teaches him the values of life, work, family, and friendship while they embark on an adventure through tropical paradises.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 98 minutes

 

JUSTICIA ESTA CON ELLA, LA**
Description: Laws against the violence towards women and their families. Prod: Dinamu-SNV.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles:
Length: 7 minutes

 

LAST REVOLUTIONARY, THE**
Description: CBS Reports with Dan Rather presents a biography of Fidel Castro.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 60 minutes

 

LEJANIA**
Description: A dramatic and sensitive analysis of the lejanía, the distance or separation among members of the same family, created by the Cuban revolution. A Cuban mother, now living in Miami, returns to visit her son whom she abandoned 10 years earlier.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 90 minutes

 

THE LIFE AND WORKS OF FRIDA KAHLO*
Description: This Masterpiece Series provides a triple treat – a close-up look at the lives and works of the world’s most famous artists plus three art lessons that focus on the style of each.  These lessons reinforce the techniques and skills that the artist used and students will experience hands-on learning
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: None
Length: 25 minutes

LONG JOURNEY TO GUADALUPE, A**
Description: The mystical story of the Virgin of Guadalupe unfolds as Huan Francisco Urrusti identifies and explores an important cultural aspect of Mexico. Through interviews with historians, priests, anthropologists, and psychologists the role of religious syncretism is analyzed in Mexican culture explaining the relationship between the collective unconscious and the history of the country.
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Length: 96 minutes

 

LOW’N’SLOW: THE ART OF LOW RIDING**
Description: Filmed in San Jose, CA, this work by Rick Tejada Flores documents the art and culture of the low riders, and includes an animated title sequence by Chicano artist Rupert Garcia and music by Jorge Santana.
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Length: 30 minutes

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