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MEDIA RESOURCES IN THE LaGUARDIA LIBRARY

The following list of media resources was compiled by Kenneth Schlesinger of the Library Media Resources Center at LaGuardia Community College. All of these videotapes are available in the LaGuardia Library. This media resource list is composed of two main categories: "Hispanic and Latino Videotapes" and "Immigration Videotapes."

PART ONE: HISPANIC AND LATINO VIDEOTAPES

CIVILIZATION

VHS 1287 AMERICAS color, 1993, 57 min. each

Part 1 THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS: DILEMMAS OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Part 2 CAPITAL SINS: AUTHORITARIANISM AND DEMOCRATIZATION

Part 3 CONTINENT ON THE MOVE: MIGRATION AND URBANIZATION

Part 4 MIRRORS OF THE HEART: RACE AND IDENTITY

Part 5 IN WOMEN’S HANDS: THE CHANGING ROLES OF WOMEN

Part 6 MIRACLES ARE NOT ENOUGH: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN RELIGION

Part 7 BUILDERS OF IMAGES: LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL IDENTITY

Part 8 GET UP, STAND UP: PROBLEMS OF SOVEREIGNTY

Part 9 FIRE IN THE MIND: REVOLUTIONS AND REVOLUTIONARIES

Part 10 THE AMERICAS: THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN PRESENCE IN THE U.S.

Analyzes compelling contemporary issues involving U.S. neighbors in Central America, South America and the Caribbean basin.

VHS 1070 THE BURIED MIRROR: REFLECTIONS ON SPAIN AND THE NEW WORLD

color, 1991, 60 min. each

Part 1 THE VIRGIN AND THE BULL

Mexican author Carlos Fuentes looks for his forebears in the mix of people that created Latin America: Spanish, Arab, Jewish, Indian, and African.

Part 2 CONFLICT OF THE GODS

The Indian world seen through their magnificent pyramids, sculptures, precise astronomy, and human sacrifice, serenity, and violence.

Part 3 THE AGE OF GOLD

The enormous treasures the New World brought to Spain (and ultimately Europe): gold, silver, chocolate, tomatoes, and potatoes.

Part 4 THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

Every year a million Mexicans gather in the great central square of their capital to celebrate El Grito, the cry for independence. Following its progress, Carlos Fuentes crosses the Andes in the steps of Bolivar and San Martin.

Part 5 UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Spain, Latin America, the Hispanic communities in the United States have all undergone enormous changes in the 20th century. Within the lifetime of those born now, half the population of the U.S. will be Spanish-speaking.


VHS 1024 CHIAPAS: A SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD color, 1994, 18 min.

Documents an investigative trip with Ramsey Clark and International Action Center delegation in 1994, days after the Zapatista uprising began. Interviews with indigenous people, campesinos of Chiapas, as well as Mexican human rights activists.


VHS 705 COLUMBUS DIDN'T DISCOVER US color, 1992, 24 min.

1992 marked the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' historic voyage to America. Native people from North, South and Central America speak about the devastation of native cultures resulting from the "European invasion," contemporary struggles over land and human rights, the importance of reviving traditional spiritual ceremonies, and the need to alert the world to the environmental crises threatening survival of the planet.


VHS 353 EL SALVADOR IN CRISIS color, 1989, 34 min.

The history of the Salvadoran conflict, U.S. policy, and human rights issues.


VHS 620 THE INCAS color, 1988, 58 min., cc

A fresh understanding of this remarkable 16th century South American civilization that, in less than 100 years, unified several cultures spread over 350,000 square miles of some of the world's highest mountains without benefit of written communication or the wheel.


VHS 259 THE INCAS REMEMBERED color, 1986, 60 min.

Centuries ago, the Incas performed highly technical brain surgery, built modern irrigation canals, made agricultural discoveries still used by modern man, and were master builders. The stone village of Machu Picchu at 9000 feet above sea level stands as a monument to their genius. The Incas ruled half of South America before falling to the Spanish Conquistadors.

VHS 261 LA ESCONDIDA color, 1987, 120 min.

In Mexico in 1909, tyranny and oppression were forcing the working class into an irrevocable corner. It was difficult for laborers to understand why basic human rights were being ignored. This is also the dramatic story of a love swept away by the revolution. In Spanish.

VHS 982 LAST DAYS OF THE REVOLUTION color, 1994, 60 min., cc
The story of the political and economic disintegration of Cuba.

VHS 260 LOS DE ABAJO color, 1987, 124 min.

A violent, passionate chronicle of the Mexican Revolution. In the midst of misery and injustice appeared the face of Los de Abajo, and a brutal and destructive resistance from those in power. In Spanish.

VHS 619 MAYA: LORDS OF THE JUNGLE color, 1988, 58 min., cc

Archaeologists attempt to understand the ancient Mayan civilization as they study remains of their temples and tombs, searching for clues to their mysterious decline.

VHS 256 MEMORIAS DE UN MEXICANO b/w, 1985, 45 min.

Using only original film of actual events, pioneer filmmaker Salvador Toscano describes key events and figures of the Mexican Revolution (1904-1924).

VHS 542 THE MEXICAN WAY OF LIFE color, 1986, 23 min.

Mexico is steeped in two worlds: one of rich traditions from its colorful past and another facing challenges of the modern age.

VHS 1165 MEXICO color, 1995, 50 min., cc

When Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico, they were awed by a civilization that had built magnificent pyramids and evolved a sophisticated lifestyle. The Aztecs and their communities, including the famous Teotihuacan, are discussed.

VHS 381 NICARAGUA THROUGH OUR EYES color, 1989, 19 min.

A student video crew visits the baseball fields, schools, and prisons of Nicaragua to express everyday life, revealing the country’s complex political and economic history.

VHS 704 PLENA IS WORK, PLENA IS SONG color, 1989, 37 min.

The cultural and political history of "plena," a Puerto Rican musical blend of African and Spanish idioms. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

VHS 1231 PORTRAIT OF THE CARIBBEAN, Parts 1-3 color, 1992, 360 min. total

Explores the region’s past, present, and future. Programs include: Iron in the Soul, Out of Africa, Paradise Lost, La Grande Illusion, Worlds Apart, Following Fidel, and Shades of Freedom.

VHS 160 PUERTO RICO: PARADISE INVADED color, 1977, 30 min.

The history and present day situation of Puerto Rico, including the relationship between the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S., as well as the impact of industrialization on the island's economy, ecology, and social life. In addition, the cultural disintegration of Puerto Rican national identity is discussed, along with economic exile and life in New York City, and the history of the Puerto Rican independence movement. In Spanish with English subtitles.

VHS 545 SPAIN IN THE NEW WORLD: THE CIVILIZATIONS OF MEXICO color, 1988, 13 min.

Archaeological sites at Monte Alban, Palenque, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza – great pre-Columbian civilizations – with the Mayan solar calendar, mathematical system, and impressive cities, such as the Aztec Tenochitlan, founded in 1325.

VHS 546 SPAIN IN THE NEW WORLD: THE CONQUEST OF MEXICO AND PERU color, 1988, 13 min.

Year One of the Reed – 1519 by the Western calendar – brought evil omens to Mexico: a comet seen at noon, the arrival of mountains floating on the ocean and men with fire-spitting weapons. Though they greatly outnumbered the Spaniards, the Aztecs were vanquished.

VHS 547 SPAIN IN THE NEW WORLD: THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA color, 1988, 13 min.

Based on the journals of Columbus, he describes the magnificent landscape, the mild climate, the simple and carefree life of the inhabitants, and the role of women in this society.

VHS 548 SPAIN IN THE NEW WORLD: END OF A CULTURE color, 1988, 13 min.

In the rush for wealth and adventure, forced labor and European diseases decimated the Indian population, treasure houses were looted for artifacts to be melted down for bullion. The pre-Columbian Indian civilization ended.

VHS 549 SPAIN IN THE NEW WORLD: THE INCAS color, 1988, 13 min.

Daily life in the Incas realm and the legend how the Inca Empire was born to explain the landscape, customs, and sun worship of the civilization centered around Cuzco.

VHS 550 SPAIN IN THE NEW WORLD: A NEW WORLD IS BORN color, 1988, 13 min.

Combining European and Indian traditions, Spain contributed much in the way of culture – as well as a hierarchical social order based on color. At the bottom are the Indians, still unassimilated after 450 years, most still speaking their native languages.

CULTURE

VHS 859 BLOOD WEDDING color, 1981, 71 min.

Carlos Saura’s flamenco version of Garcia Lorca’s play, in which a young bride runs off with her married lover on her wedding day, and her rejected husband comes after them. In Spanish with English subtitles.

VHS 463 CARLOS FUENTES color, 1990, 66 min.

Carlos Fuentes, Mexico's leading novelist and critic, reads from his novels, "The Death of Artemio Cruz" and "Christopher Unborn,” as well as unpublished works in English and Spanish. Interview by Lewis MacAdams.

VHS 182 THE CHILDREN OF SANCHEZ color, 1978, 103 min.

Anthony Quinn is Sanchez, the proud patriarch of a poor Mexican family. The Sanchez clan has seen the worst of times, yet they have survived by sticking together.

VHS 912 FRIDA KAHLO color, 1982, 62 min.

Captures the spirit, heart, and talent of the painter in an environmental portrait.

VHS 1085 ROUTES OF RHYTHM, Parts 1-3 color, 1990, 58 min. each
The powerful flow of Afro-Cuban music is traced from its origins five centuries ago in Africa and Spain to the contemporary sounds of such musicians as Ruben Blades, Gloria Estefan, and Dizzy Gillespie.

VHS 492 YO SOY PABLO NERUDA color, 1967, 28 min.

A profile of the renowned Latin American poet.

VHS 1303 ZOOT SUIT color, 1991, 104 min.

In 1940s Los Angeles, a group of Mexican-Americans are unjustly sent to San Quentin for murder. Based on Luis Valdez’s play about the actual case and “zoot suit” riots.

UNITED STATES

VHS 1140 BICULTURALISM AND ACCULTURATION AMONG LATINOS color, 1991, 28 min.

Examines the question of which part of their culture Latinos feel they should keep or leave behind, and explodes some commonly held beliefs and misconceptions about who Latinos are today in the U.S.

VHS 641 THE HEART OF LOISAIDA b/w, 1979, 30 min.

Examines the efforts and resources of the Tenant Associations of New York's Lower East Side. These groups, founded by Hispanic residents, rehabilitate apartment buildings abandoned by absentee landlords.

VHS 774 LEAVING HOME color, 60 min.

The real cost of the Mexico-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

VHS 988 YO SOY CHICANO color, 1972, 60 min.

The Chicano experience, from its roots in pre-Columbian history to Mexican-American struggles of the 1970s.

PART II: IMMIGRATION VIDEOTAPES

VHS 1301 DESI: SOUTH ASIANS IN NEW YORK color, 2000, 43 min.

Presents dozens of first- and second-generation New Yorkers who share their insights, reflections, and experiences to illustrate the wide spectrum of Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Nepalese, and other South Asians who have become an integral part of the city.

VHS 123 DREAMS OF DISTANT SHORES b/w, 1986, 28 min.

The greatest migration in history (1890-1915) across the Atlantic to America, from the immigrants' point of view, set against the stateside arrival at the Statue of Liberty and her effect upon 17 million apprehensive travelers.

VHS 190 EL NORTE color, 1983, 141 min.

In the remote mountain jungles of Guatemala, an Indian brother and sister seek a better life. When their father is killed by government soldiers and their mother taken away, they set out for the "promised land" to the north – El Norte. In Spanish with English subtitles.

VHS 1159 ELLIS ISLAND, Parts 1 and 2 color, 1997, 50 min. each, cc

Immigrants of every ethnic background recall their extraordinary adventures, from the treacherous passage across the sea to the daunting challenge of starting life over in a new land.

VHS 974 GO BACK TO MEXICO! color, 1994, 57 min., cc

The loss of the battle against illegal immigration in America.

VHS 327 THE GOLDEN DOOR: OUR NATION OF IMMIGRANTS color, 1987, 19 min.

Historic and contemporary photographs, as well as teaching graphics, are used to give a compassionate understanding of the immigrant experience and to recount the history of immigration law. Demonstrates how immigrants from all over the world helped build our country, and how immigration patterns have changed over the years.

VHS 128 HESTER STREET color, 1974, 90 min.

Set in the melting pot of New York's Lower East Side, where millions of immigrants settled and assimilated, Hester Street combines the hopes and determination of a generation.

VC 147 HOME FROM THE EASTERN SEA color, 1989, 58 min.

A documentary on the immigration of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos to America, which explores the history of each nationality through personal stories of representative families.

VHS 25 THE IMMIGRANT b/w, 1917, 20 min. (Also MP 98)

Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance are steerage passengers en route to America. Charlie befriends Edna and her mother in an incident on board ship and later ashore in a restaurant. Silent.

VHS 1336 THE INTERNATIONAL EXPRESS: ETHNIC COMMUNITIES ALONG THE IRT #7 TRAIN color, 1996, 30 min.

Documents the communities along the train’s routes in Queens, New York, in order to increase awareness and usage of the subway line as a heritage trail.

VHS 700 JOURNEY TO AMERICA color, 1989, 60 min., cc

The personal story of the men, women, and children who came to America between 1890 and 1920 in the largest single recorded migration in human history.

VHS 528 JOURNEY TO FREEDOM: THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE color, 1987, 13 min.

Vintage photographs and newsreel footage depict the process of American immigration, particularly the great waves in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The decision to leave their homeland was not easy and new immigrants encountered many hardships after they arrived.

VHS 1330 THE KOREAN-AMERICAN SPIRIT: A CELEBRATION color, 1999, 46 min.

An overview of the obstacles experienced by first-generation Korean immigrants in New York City.

VHS 284 MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE color, 1985, 94 min., cc
Set in the Pakistani community in South London, the film focuses on two young Englishmen, a gay Pakistani and a Cockney punk, who become lovers and open a high-tech laundromat.

VHS 1050 NATION OF IMMIGRANTS color, 1992, 52 min.

The great immigration from Europe ended in the 1920s. Today descendants of these immigrants are trying to rediscover their heritage.

VHS 1297 THE #7 TRAIN: AN IMMIGRANT JOURNEY color, 1999, 29 min.

Follows four immigrant passengers on their commute from Queens to Manhattan.

VC 127 ONE ON EVERY CORNER: MANHATTAN'S GREEK-OWNED COFFEE SHOPS color, 1983, 55 min.

This documentary portrays life behind the counter in New York's coffee shops. Traditionally owned by Greek immigrant families, these coffee shops are one of the last vestiges of neighborhood restaurants, which offer service with a personal touch. The film brings into focus the ethnic family-owned businesses dotting the city, which are traditional methods of economic survival for new immigrants.

DVD 4 OUT OF IRELAND: THE STORY OF IRISH EMIGRATION TO AMERICA color, 1997, 110 min.

The dramatic sweep of Irish emigration brought on by the 19th century potato famine.

VHS 531 THE STATUE OF LIBERTY color, 1985, 60 min. (Also LD 3)

Ken Burns’ history of the famed statue with commentary by Milos Forman, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi and David McCullough.

VC 128 A VILLAGE IN BALTIMORE color, 1981, 58 min.

Set in Baltimore's Greektown, this documentary focuses on the assimilation of four Greek women into American society. Explores such issues as traditions, marriage, professional goals, and views of American and Greek culture.

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