LACS-Related Films in Schaeffer Library

From Latin America

Los Olvidados (Mexico, Luis Buñuel, 1950)
Susana (Mexico, Luis Buñuel, 1951)
El Bruto (Mexico, Luis Buñuel, 1953)
Throw a Dime (Argentina, Fernando Birri, 1960)
The Exterminating Angel (Mexico, Luis Buñuel, 1962)
Barren Lives (Brazil, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1963)
El gallo de oro (Mexico, Roberto Gavaldón, 1964)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Cuba, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968)
Don Segundo Sombra (Argentina, Manuel Antín, 1969)
How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (Brazil, Nelson Pereira Dos Santos, 1973)
The Harder They Come (Jamaica, Perry Henzell, 1973)
Diary of the War of Pigs (Argentina, L. Torre Nilsson, 1975)
The Last Supper (Cuba, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1976)
Xica (Brazil, Carlos Diegues, 1976)
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Brazil, Bruno Barreto, 1976)
The Passion of Berenice (Mexico, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, 1976)
Julio Begins in July (Chile, Silvio Caiozzi, 1977)
Place Without Limits (Mexico, Arturo Ripstein, 1977)
Portrait of Teresa (Cuba, Pastor Vega, 1979)
Bye Bye Brazil (Brazil, Carlos Diegues, 1980)
Pixote (Brazil, Hector Babenco, 1981)
Eréndira (Mexico, Ruy Guerra, 1983)
Mary My Dearest (Mexico, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, 1983)
Time for Revenge (Argentina, Adolfo Aristarain, 1983)
Funny Dirty Little War (Argentina, Héctor Olivera, 1983)
Up to a Certain Point (Cuba, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1984)
Camila (Argentina, María Luisa Bemberg, 1984)
The Official Story (Argentina, Luis Puenzo, 1985)
Hour of the Star (Brazil, Suzana Amaral, 1985)
The City and the Dogs (Peru, Francisco J. Lombardi, 1985)
Frida, Naturaleza viva (Mexico, Paul Leduc, 1986)
Night of the Pencils (Argentina, Héctor Olivera, 1986)
Dona Herlinda and Her Son (Mexico, Jaime H. Hermosillo, 1987)
Fable of the Beautiful Pigeon Fancier (Mexico/Spain, Ruy Guerra, 1988)
Letters from the Park (Cuba/Spain, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1988)
Summer of Miss Forbes (Mexico/Spain, Jaime H. Hermosillo, 1988)
Juliana (Peru, Fernando Espinoza and Alejandro Legaspi, 1988)
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Cuba/Spain, Fernando Birri, 1988)
Miracle in Rome (Colombia/Spain, Lisandro Duque Naranjo, 1988)
Que bom te ver viva [How nice to see you alive] (Brazil, Lúcia Murat, 1989)
I the Worst of All (Argentina, María Luisa Bemberg, 1990)
Rodrigo D: No Future (Colombia, Víctor Gaviria, 1990)
Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, Alfonso Arau, 1992)
Angel de fuego (Mexico, Dana Rotberg, 1992)
The Rebels of the South (Mexico, Juan R. Aupart Cisneros, video, 1992)
Johnny 100 pesos (Chile, Gustavo Graef-Marino, 1993)
Knocks at My Door (Venezuela, Alejandro Saderman, 1993)
Cabeza de Vaca (Mexico, Nicolás Echevarría, 1993)
Strawberry and Chocolate (Cuba, T. Gutiérrez Alea & J. C. Tabío, 1993)
Guantanamera (Cuba, T. Gutiérrez Alea & J. C. Tabío, 1994)
Sicario (Venezuela, José Ramón Novoa, 1994)
Cilantro y perejil (Mexico, Rafael Montero, 1995)
A Question of Faith (Bolivia, Marcos Loayza, 1995)
Nueva Yol (Dominican Republic, Angel Muñiz, 1995)
Midaq Alley (Mexico, Jorge Fons, 1995)
Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman (Mexico, Sabina Berman & Isabelle Tardan, 1996)
Celestial Clockwork (Venezuela, Fina Torres, 1996)
Butterflies on the Scaffold (Cuba, Luis Felipe Bernaza & Margaret Gilpin, 1996)
Ilona Arrives with the Rain (Colombia/Spain/Italy, Sergio Cabrera, 1996)
Four Days in September (Brazil, Bruno Barreto, 1997)
Esmeralda Comes by Night (Mexico, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, 1997)
Dancehall Queen (Jamaica, Rick Elgood & Don Letts, 1997)
Don’t Tell Anyone (Peru, Francisco J. Lombardi, 1998)
Life Is to Whistle (Cuba, Fernando Pérez, 1998)
The Island of Music (Cuba, Santiago Alvarez & Ismael perdomo, 1998)
Pizza, Beer & Smokes (Argentina, Adrián Caetano and Bruno Stagnaro, 1998)
Central Station (Brazil, Walter Salles, 1999)
Santitos (Mexico, Alejandro Springall, 1999)
Herod’s Law (Mexico, Luis Estrada, 1999)
Orfeu (Brazil, Carlos Diegues, 1999)
Gimme Power (Mexico, Fernando Sariñana, 1999)
Sex, Shame and Tears (Mexico, Antonio Serrano, 1999)
Glue Sniffer (Venezuela, Elia Schneider, 1999)
The Sentimental Teaser (Chile, Cristián Galaz, 1999)
Rodents (Ecuador, Sebastián Cordero, 1999)
Pantaleón y las visitadoras (Peru, Francisco J. Lombarda, 2000)
Amores perros (Mexico, A. González Inárritu, 2000)
Our Lady of the Assassins (Colombia, Barbet Schroeder, 2000)
Without a Trace (Mexico, María Novaro, 2000)
Subtango (Argentina, Sofía Vaccaro, 2000)
Me You Them (Brazil, Andrucha Waddington, 2000)
Chronically Unfeasible (Brazil, Sergio Bianchi, 2000)
Dust to Dust (Mexico, Juan Carlos de Llaca, 2000)
City of M (Peru, Felipe Degregori, 2000)
Y tu mamá también (Mexico, Alfonso Cuarón, 2001)
De la calle (Mexico, Gerardo Tort, 2001)
Son of the Bride (Argentina, Juan José Campanella, 2001)
The Swamp (Argentina, Lucrecia Martel, 2001)
Tricky Life (Uruguay, Beatriz Flores Silva, 2001)
Honey for Oshun (Cuba, Humberto Solás, 2001)
The Invisible Children (Colombia, Lisandro Duque Naranjo, 2001)
Bolivia (Argentina, Adrián Caetano, 2001)
The Crime of Father Amaro (Mexico, Carlos Carrera, 2002)
Cidade de Deus (Brazil, Fernando Meirelles, 2002)
Madame Satã (Brazil, Karim Ainouz, 2002)
Mango Yellow (Brazil, Cláudio Assis, 2002)
Bus 174 (Brazil, José Padilha, 2002)
Juchitán, Queer Paradise (Chile/Canada, Patricio Henríquez, 2002)
Bedtime Fairy Tales for Crocodile (Mexico, Ignacio Ortiz, 2002)
Carandiru (Brazil, Hector Babenco, 2003)
Lucía, Lucía (Mexico/Spain, Antonio Serrano, 2003)
God is Brazilian (Brazil, Carlos Diegues, 2003)
The Middle of the World (Brazil, Vicente Amorim, 2003)
The Supreme Uneasiness: Incessant Portrait of Fernando Vallejo (Luis Ospina, Colombia, 2003)
Zapata (Mexico, Walter Doehner, 2004, miniseries)
The Holy Girl (Argentina, Lucrecia Martel, 2004) From Europe:
Un Chien Andalou (France, Luis Buñuel, 1928)
Damned Village (Spain, Florián Rey, 1929)
L'age d'or (France, Luis Buñuel, 1930)
Land without Bread (Spain, Luis Buñuel, 1932)
Viridiana (Spain, Luis Buñuel, 1961)
I Am Cuba (USSR/Cuba, Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964)
Belle de Jour (France, Luis Buñuel, 1967)
The Milky Way (France, Luis Buñuel, 1969)
Tristana (Spain, Luis Buñuel, 1970)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (France, Luis Buñuel, 1972)
Aguirre, The Wrath of God (Germany, Werner Herzog, 1973)
The Phantom of Liberty (France, Luis Buñuel, 1974)
That Obscure Object of Desire (France, Luis Buñuel, 1977)
Dark Habits (Spain, Pedro Almodovar, 1983)
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Spain, P. Almodovar, 1984)
Matador (Spain, P. Almodovar, 1986)
Half of Heaven (Spain, Manuel Gutiérrez, Aragón, 1986)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spain, P. Almodovar, 1988)
I’m the One You’re Looking For (Spain, Jaime Chávarri, 1988)
¡Ay, Carmela! (Spain, Carlos Saura, 1990)
¡Atame! (Spain, Pedro Almodóvar, 1990)
Kika by P. Almodovar (Spain, P. Almodovar, 1993)
The Flower of My Secret (Spain, P. Almodovar, 1995)
Mouth to Mouth (Spain, Manuel Gómez Pereira, 1995)
Tierra (Spain, Julio Medem, 1996)
Open Your Eyes (Spain, Alejandro Amenábar, 1997)
Tango (Spain, Carlos Saura, 1998)
Buena Vista Social Club (Germany, Wim Wenders, 1999)
Goya in Bordeaux (Spain, Carlos Saura, 1999)
All about My Mother (Spain, P. Almodóvar, 1999)
Butterfly (Spain, José Luis Cuerda, 1999)
Bread and Roses (UK, Ken Loach, 2000)
The Man Who Bought Mustique (UK & USA, Joseph Bullman, 2000)
Calle 54 (Spain, Fernando Trueba, 2000)
The Devil’s Backbone (Spain/Mexico, Guillermo del Toro, 2001)
Sex and Lucia (Spain, Julio Medem, 2001)
Fausto 5.0 (Spain, Alex Ollé, Isidro Ortiz & Carlos Padrisa, 2001)
Sound of the Sea (Spain, Bigas Luna, 2001)
Talk to Her (Spain, Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
The City of No Limits (Spain, Antonio Hernández, 2002)
Bulgarian Lovers (Spain, Eloy de la Iglesia, 2003)
Take My Eyes (Spain, Icíar Bollaín, 2003)
Bad Education (Spain, Pedro Almodóvar, 2004)

Made in USA

El Super (León Ichaso & Orlando Jiménez Leal, 1979)
Zoot Suit (Luis Valdez, 1981)
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (Robert M. Young, 1982)
Missing (Costa-Gavras, 1983)
El Norte (Gregory Nava, 1983)
Improper Conduct (Néstor Almendros & Orlando Jiménez Leal, 1983)
When the Mountains Tremble (Newton Thomas Sigel & Pamela Yates, 1983)
Latino (Haskell Wexler, 1985)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (Héctor Babenco, 1985)
The Mission (Roland Joffé, 1986)
Salvador (Oliver Stone, 1986)
Romero (John Duigan, 1989)
The Panama Deception (Barbara Trent, 1992)
Death and the Maiden (Roman Polanski, 1994)
My Family (Gregory Nava, 1995)
Bitter Sugar (León Ichaso, 1996)
Lone Star (John Sayles, 1996)
Evita (Alan Parker, 1996)
Latin Boys Go to Hell (Ela Troyano, 1997)
Men with Guns (John Sayles, 1997)
The City (David Riker, 1998)
Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel, 2000)
Traffic (Steven Soderbergh, 2000)
Life and Debt (Stephanie Black, 2001)
In the Time of the Butterflies (Mariano Barroso, 2001)
Señorita extraviada (Lourdes Portillo, 2001)
Fidel (Estela Bravo, 2001)
All Night Bodega (Felix Olivier, 2002)
Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso, 2002)
Raising Victor Vargas (Peter Sollett, 2002)
21 Grams (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2003)
Casa de los Babys (John Sayles, 2003)
The Agronomist (Jonathan Demme, 2003)
Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004)
State of Fear (Pamela Yates, 2005)
Aristide and the Endless Revolution (Nicolas Rossier, 2005)

Educational Documentaries

Maid in America, 2005, 58 mins.  Directed by Anayansi Prado.  This documentary explores the lives of three Latina immigrant women who work as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, California. Through these women's lives, this documentary explores the globalization of motherhood, the challenges they face while pursuing the American dream and the significant role they play in American households today.


Rigoberta Menchú: Cassandra & Crusader.  Interview and production: Eliseo Alvarez for A & A Comunicaciones, 2004.  An interview with Rigoberta Menchú, an Indian rights advocate from Guatemala. Topics discussed include her life at home and in exile, her autobiographical book, and her associations with political organizations.  A segment from the television series Perfiles.  In Spanish without subtitles.


Haiti Rising: Black Dawn & Haitian Pilgrimage.  Burlington, VT: Green Valley Media, 2004.


Black Dawn --This animated tale recounts how Haiti was founded, through the eyes of two captures Africans. Sili and Simba escape slavery and fight for independence along with Toussaint L'Overture.  Produced by Robin Lloyd & Doreen Kraft.
Haitian Pilgrimage--A Haitian-American family visits Haiti. They visit a church and waterfall shrine and explore Haitians' pride in their African roots.  Dir. Robin Lloyd; script by Greg Guma.


Federico García Lorca, 2003, 53 mins. Una producción de Alvarez & Asociados para Canal (á); producción general, Eliseo Alvarez; guión, Mariana Iturriza.  Weaves archival footage with dozens of photos and manuscripts to examine Federico García Lorca’s life, work, influences, friendships, and death at the hands of the Nationalists in his native Granada in 1936. Discusses García Lorca’s poetic works such as Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías and Romancero Gitano and the plays La zapatera prodigiosa, Bodas de sangre, Yerma, and La casa de Bernarda Alba. The roles of Yerma and Bernarda receive particular attention, as does the actress for whom they were written, Margarita Xirgú.


Gringo-thon, dir. Greg “Gringoyo Berger, Mexico, 2003 (video, 17 mins.).  Greg Berger’s humorous account of difficulties of being a gringo in Mexico, particularly one who objects to American foreign policy. Inspired by street vendors, he dresses as an American tourist and sells chewing gum, washes car windows, and sings in the streets to raise money for a guerilla army to defeat George Bush.  Spanish with English subtitles.


Raoul Léger: the Elusive Truth. National Film Board of Canada, 2002; researched, written and directed by Renée Blanchar.  Canadian lay missionary Raoul Léger was regarded as a dangerous revolutionary to the Guatemalan government, but to the local Mayans he was a hero. In this film Raoul's sisters go to Guatemala to try to uncover the truth behind their brother’s murder.  Narration in English; interviews in French or Spanish with English subtitles.


Jews in Chile.  Dir. Cristian Leighton, Chile, 2002 (video, 52 mins.).  Documents Chile's Jewish community of some 20,000 by presenting insight into the everyday life of three of its members.  In Spanish with English subtitles.


Never again.  Dirs. Marta Rodríguez & Fernando Restrepo Castañeda, Colombia, 2001 (video, 56 mins.).  This documentary focuses on internal displacement and testimonies of victims of the armed paramilitary group in communities in Uraba, Antioquia and Chocó, Colombia.  In Spanish with English subtitles.


The Island of Lost Children.  Dir. Florence Jaugey, Nicaragua, 2001 (video, 82 mins.).  “Documentary about ten young inmates who participate in a video course inside Nicaragua’s largest prison. The young men discuss the protocols among the inmates, the conditions inside the prison, and how they ended up there ...” Spanish with English subtitles.


My American Girls: A Dominican Story.  Dir. Aaron Matthews.  New York: Filmakers Library, 2001.


Remarkable Images: The Ecuadorean Indigenous-Military Uprising.  Dir. Brian Selmeski, Ecuador, 2000 (video, 28 mins.).  “An up-close and on-the-scene documentation of how Indians united with the Military against social injustice to oust President Jamil Mahuad on January 21, 2000.”


Railroad in Peru.  Dir. Pedro Neira, Peru, 2000 (video, 38 mins.).  A description of the railroads of the different regions of Peru.  In English with credits in Spanish.


Che Guevara: A Guerrilla to the End, 1999, 51 mins.  “Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was both a romantic and a rebel, honored by many for his commitment to liberation yet vilified by others as a rogue. This compelling program traces the life of a man whose idealism and determination gripped the imagination of an era. Interviews with family members, partisans, enemies, and others--including the photographer who immortalized him--share their recollections and impressions. Topics include Che's victory in Cuba, his failures in Africa, and his attempts to gather support in Bolivia, ending in his capture and execution. Archival photos and footage, plus readings from his letters and diary, round out this compassionate account of revolutionary fervor”--Container.


The Rainy Season.  Dir. Isaac Valdete, Brazil, 1999 (video, 38 mins.).  “A daily chronicle of the Shaninka community during the rainy season recorded on video during a workshop in a village on the Amônia River in the state of Acre. The involvement among the film makers and the Ashaninka community makes the film go beyond a mere description of activities, reflecting the rhythm of the village and the humor of its inhabitants.”
Víctor Jara: The Right to Live in Peace.  Dir. Carmen Luz Parot, 1999.  100 mins.  Santiago, Chile: Fundación Víctor Jara; New York: Warner Music Chile.  Distributed by Latin American Video Archives.


The Punitive Expedition.  Dir. Juan Ramón Aupart Cisneros, Mexico, 1999 (video, 60 mins.).  Survivors of the American Punitive Expedition into Mexico against Pancho Villa describe their experiences.  Spanish with English subtitles.
El muro de las celebraciones [videorecording; The wall of celebrations]; a presentation of Films for the Humanities & Sciences; Once TV, Mexico City, 1998.


El Che, Investigating a Legend, 1997, 150 mins..  Directed by Maurice Dugowson, produced by Cinétévé, Igeldo Komunikazioa with the support of Eurimages and the participation of Canal + France, Canal + España, Canal + Belgique, the collaboration of Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana, and of Euskal Telebista.  Based on the book Che: Ernesto Guevara, une légende du siècle, written by Pierre Kalfon, it examines the myth and reality of Che Guevara including his friendship with Castro, his world travels, his days as guerilla leader and his death at age 39.


It Seems Like Happiness. Dir. Aaron Vega, Cuba, 1997 (video, 15 mins.).  A documentary depicting the body art of Cuban artist Manuel Mendive.  Spanish with English subtitles.


Reason of Memory.  Dir.  Myuca Lorens & Dimas Games, Argentina, 1995 (video, 18 mins.). Young people whose parents disappeared as a result of political terrorism in Argentina share how this has affected them.


The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca (translated by Robert David Macdonald); directed by Nuria Espert and Stuart Burge.  Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities and Sciences (a Holmes production for Channel 4 in association with Thirteen/WNET and Amaya Distribution), 1995.


The couple in the cage [videorecording]; directed & produced by Coco Fusco & Paula Heredia (a Guatinaui Odyssey).  New York, NY: Third World Newsreel, 1993.


Rigoberta Menchú: Broken Silence. Directed by Felix Zurita; produced by Alba-Films for Channel Four, 1992.  Focuses on 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu, as she discusses the lack of human rights for the indigenous people of Guatemala and her commitment to the struggle for a more egalitarian society.  Narration in English, interviews in Spanish with English subtitles.
Jump over the Atlantic.  Dir. Maria Eugenia Esparragoza, Venezuela, 1990 (video, 28 mins.).  “This film traces the similarities and continuities between a small Afro-Venezuelan settlement in Barlovento (Estado Miranda, Venezuela) and the Belgian Congo in Africa, where people were captured as slaves in the nineteenth century.”  In Spanish and French with yellow English subtitles.


Day of the dead: a living tradition [videorecording] ; Mr. Victoria Llamas y Asociados.  Madera, CA: Roanoke, VA; Gessler Pub. Co., 1989.


Miss Universo en el Perú [videorecording].  Lima, julio 1982, produced by Grupo Chaski.  New York: Women Make Movies, 1986.
Divine Horsemen: the Living Gods of Haiti.  Film editor, Cherel Ito.  New York: Mystic Fire Video, 1985.  Filmed in Haiti 1947-1951, by Maya Deren; the narration was adapted from the book (same title) by Deren.  Documentary of the Voudoun religions of Haiti; it presents rituals performed by the Rada, Petro, and Congo cults, whose devotees commune with cosmic powers through invocations, sacrifices, and possession.


In His Name, a film by Jan Van Bilsen & Dirk Vandersypen, Guatemala & Honduras, 1985.  An investigative documentary about the growth of conservative fundamentalism in Central America, especially Guatemala and Honduras, showing connections between the fundamentalist evangelical movements and the U.S. military policies in Central America.  In Spanish with English narration and subtitles (video, 37 mins.)


Frida Kahlo (1910-1954) [videorecording]; RM Arts; [produced by] Eila Hershon, Roberto Guerra, and Wibke Von Bonin.  Chicago, IL: Home Vision, 1983.