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Hermia & Helena
Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York for an artist residency to work on a new Spanish translation of A Midsummer Night's Dream . Upon her arrival, she quickly realizes that her work isn't…
The Immigration Paradox - Diverse Stories Reveal Root Causes of Mass Migration
The Immigration Paradox takes a critical and in depth look at one of the most divisive issues in human global history-immigration. After encountering an immigrant crossing the Arizona desert, Emmy Award Winner and Filmmaker Lourdes Lee Vasquez set out to…
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Maquilapolis: City of Factories - Activism for Low-Wage Workers in Mexico
Part of the Series: Globalization
Carmen Duran works the graveyard shift in one of Tijuana's 800 maquiladoras; she is one of six million women around the world who labor for poverty wages in the factories of transnational corporations. After making television components all night, Carmen…
Made in L.A. (Hecho en Los Angeles)
An Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verite…
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Balseros - Cuban Rafters
In the summer of 1994, a team of public television reporters filmed and interviewed seven Cubans a few days before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade rafts to reach the coast of the United States. Six…
Taking Back the Schools
Episode 3 of Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement
It covers the Los Angeles high school blow outs of 1968 thoroughly and with passion. Part 3 is also likely to be the most interesting to students because they can witness young people their own age forcefully agitating for change.…
Maid in America
They clean other people's homes and raise other families' children -- often leaving their own families behind. Maid in America is an intimate look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, three…
Stolen Education - The Legacy of Hispanic Racism in Schools
Stolen Education documents the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950's and changed the face of education in the Southwest. As a 9 year-old second grader, Lupe had been forced to remain…
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary - The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants
Directed by a schoolteacher, this film became a lightning bolt in the immigration debate as the Rockefeller Foundation labeled it "One of the most important films on American race relations." Hoover Elementary is located in Pico-Union, known as the 'Ellis…
Forbidden - Gay and Undocumented, Moises Serrano Fights for Justice
This film is about an inspiring young man whose story is exceptional, although not unique. When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico in search of the American dream. Forbidden to live and love…
Living on One Dollar - Fighting Poverty Through Empowerment and Understanding
This award-winning documentary is a tool to help empower the extreme poor to take the first steps out of poverty. The film follows the story of four young friends who set out to live on just one dollar a day…
Quest for Homeland
Episode 1 of Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement
Examines the beginnings of the movement by profiling Reies Lopez Tijerina and the land grant movement in New Mexico in 1966 and 1967. It shows how Tijerina's fight to convince the federal government to honor the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo…
When the Mountains Tremble - War and Revolution in Guatemala
A classic documentary on war and social revolution in Guatemala, which vigorously and persuasively describes the struggle of the largely indigenous peasantry against a legacy of state and foreign oppression. Centered on the experiences of Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu,…
La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead - The Mexican Celebration of the Dead
A first and thorough look at the Mexican celebration of the dead, the sacred days when the souls of the departed return to visit the living. Tracing the Days of the Dead tradition from its roots in Indian culture to…
14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez
14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. 14 examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through compelling personal stories and expertly-told history. Under…
Cows Wearing Glasses - Las Vacas Con Gafas
Directed by one of the most talented emerging filmmakers coming out of the new wave of Puerto Rican cinema, Cows Wearing Glasses uses a subtle sense of humor to touch upon issues of aging. Marso, a lonely, eccentric painter and…
The Struggle in the Fields
Episode 2 of Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement
Examines the importance of Cesar Chavez and his efforts to organize farm workers in the central valley of California. It delineates the various components of Chavez's strategy for farm worker self determination--strikes, boycotts, pilgrimages, fasts--and emphasizes his commitment to nonviolence…
Everybody Leaves - Todos se van
Through her diary entries, eight-year-old Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life, which create an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro. A celebration of freedom and a confrontation with…
I Thought It Was a Party - Pense Que iba a Haber Fiesta
Divorced and living with her teenage daughter, Lu (Valeria Bertuccelli) asks her close friend Ana (Elena Anaya) to house-sit while she goes away with her new fiancee. Ana spends her days lazing by the pool, afflicted by a deep loneliness.…
Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth
Papers is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status in the United States. These are young people who know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation,…