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Abuelas: Grandmothers on a Mission
A film by Noemi Weis, 2012, 28 min., Color

In 1985, the Academy Award® nominated film LAS MADRES: THE MOTHERS OF PLAZA DE MAYO profiled the Argentinian mothers’ movement to demand to know the f...

Adio Kerida (Goodbye Dear Love)
A film by Ruth Behar, 2002, 82 min., Color

Distinguished Anthropologist Ruth Behar (recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship) returns to her native Cuba to profile the island’s remaining Sephardic...

All Water Has a Perfect Memory
A film by Natalia Almada, 2001, 19 min., Color/BW

ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY is a poignant experimental documentary that explores the effects of tragedy and remembrance on a bi-cultural family. A...

Amazon Sisters
A film by Anne-Marie Sweeney, 1992, 60 min., Color

AMAZON SISTERS portrays the vision and strength of women surviving in the hotly contested Amazon rainforests. While international attention has focus...

Antonia Pantoja
A film by Lillian Jiménez, 2009, 53 min., Color

Antonia Pantoja (1922-2002), visionary Puerto Rican educator, activist, and early proponent of bilingual education, inspired multiple generations of y...

Bay of All Saints
A film by Annie Eastman, 2012, 74 min., Color

In Salvador, Bahia, next to one of Brazil’s wealthiest cities, generations of impoverished families have lived in a community of palafitas, shacks bui...

Black Women of Brazil
Directed by Silvana Afram, 1986, 25 min., Color

Despite official jargon to the contrary, Brazilians live in a racially segregated class system. This upbeat, sensitive and elegantly composed document...

The Blonds
A film by Albertina Carri, Produced by Barry Ellsworth, 2003, 89 min., Color/BW

Albertina Carri’s second feature is a look at Argentina’s recent history from the perspective of a generation forced to mourn those of whom they have ...

Canto a la Vida
A film by Lucia Salinas Briones, 1990, 48 min., Color

CANTO A LA VIDA illuminates exile through the remarkable stories of Chilean women, including the assassinated president’s widow Hortensia de Allende, ...

Children of Memory (Niños de la Memoria)
A film by Kathryn Smith Pyle and María Teresa Rodríguez, 2012, 64 min., Color

Hundreds of children disappeared without a trace during the Salvadoran civil war. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Sal...

Columbus on Trial
A film by Lourdes Portillo, 1993, 18 min., Color

Inspired by the controversy surrounding the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' "discovery" of America, Portillo has fashioned a fanciful versi...

The Day You Love Me
A film by Florence Jaugey, 1999, 61 min., Color

A close-up look at the varieties and complexities of domestic violence, THE DAY YOU LOVE ME takes us into the daily life of policewomen and social wor...

The Devil Never Sleeps
A film by Lourdes Portillo, 1996, 82 min., Color

Academy Award nominated filmmaker Lourdes Portillo (LAS MADRES: THE MOTHERS OF PLAZA DE MAYO) mines the complicated intersections of analysis and auto...

El General
A film by Natalia Almada, 2009, 83 min., Color/BW

Past and present collide in this extraordinarily well crafted documentary when filmmaker Natalia Almada (ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY), winner of th...

Everyone Their Grain of Sand
A film by Beth Bird, 2005, 87 min., Color

This award-winning documentary reveals the struggles of the citizens of Maclovio Rojas in Tijuana, Mexico as they battle the state government’s attemp...

From Here, From This Side
A film by Gloria Ribe, 1988, 24 min., Color

The relationship between Mexico and its rich neighbor to the north has always been ambiguous. Using mostly stock footage, this collage-like documentar...

Hell to Pay
A film by Alexandra Anderson and Anne Cottringer, 1988, 52 min., Color

A moving and politically sophisticated analysis of the international debt situation through the eyes of the women of Bolivia, the poorest country in L...

Home is Struggle
A film by Marta Bautis, 1991, 37 min., Color

Using interviews, photographs and theatrical vignettes, Home is Struggle explores the lives of women who have come to the United States from different...

How Nice to See You Alive
A film by Lucia Murat, 1989, 100 min., Color

On March 31, 1964, a military coup overthrew the Brazilian government. Four years later, all civil rights were suspended and torture became a systema...

I Wonder What You Will Remember of September
A film by Cecilia Cornejo, 2004, 27 min., Color/BW

Cecilia Cornejo presents a haunting personal response to the events of September 11, 2001, informed and complicated by her status as a Chilean citizen...

La Boda
A film by Hannah Weyer, 2000, 53 min., Color

In an intimate portrait of migrant life along the U.S.-Mexican border, Hannah Weyer’s new film LA BODA delves into the challenges faced by a community...

La Cueca Sola
A film by Marilu Mallet, 2003, 52 min., Color

On September 11, 1973, a military coup in Chile brought Augusto Pinochet to power, and over the next 17 years, thousands of women and men were taken f...

Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza De Mayo
A film by Susana Blaustein and Lourdes Portillo, 1985, 64 min., Color

This Academy award-nominated documentary about the Argentinian mothers’ movement to demand to know the fate of 30,000 “disappeared” sons and daughters...

Love, Women and Flowers
A film by Marta Rodriguez and Jorge Silva, 1988, 58 min., Color

At any time of year in the U.S., carnations of every color are plentiful and cheap – but the ready availability of these beautiful flowers comes at a ...

Macho
A film by Lucinda Broadbent, 2000, 26 min., Color

In 1998, Managua, Nicaragua became host to one of the most publicized and controversial cases of sexual abuse to hit modern day Latin America. At the...

Maestra
A film by Catherine Murphy, 2012, 33 min., Color

In 1961, over 250,000 Cubans joined their country’s National Literacy Campaign and taught more than 707,000 other Cubans to read and write. Almost hal...

A Man, When He Is a Man
A film by Valeria Sarmiento, 1982, 66 min., Color

Set in Costa Rica and touched with dark humor, this stylistically imaginative documentary illuminates the social climate and cultural traditions which...

Miss Universe in Peru
A film by Grupo Chaski, 1986, 32 min., BW

Shot during the Miss Universe contest hosted by Peru in 1982, this documentary juxtaposes the glamour of the pageant with the realities of Peruvian wo...

Myriam’s Gaze
Directed by Clara Riascos, 1987, 28 min., Color

An inspirational portrait of a woman living on the outskirts of Bogota. “Through Myriam’s eyes, we get a glimpse of her strength, dignity and tenderne...

Performing the Border
A film by Ursula Biemann, 1999, 42 min., Color

A video essay set in the Mexican-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. multinational corporations assemble electronic and digital equipment j...

Pregnant with Dreams
A film by Julia Barco, 1988, 48 min.

Engaging, intimate and fast-moving, this video reflects the diversity and richness of Latin American feminism by documenting the 4th Encuentro Feminis...

Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman
A film by Lourdes Portillo, 2001, 74 min., Color

SENORITA EXTRAVIADA, MISSING YOUNG WOMAN tells the haunting story of the more than 350 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. Vi...

Susana
A film by Susana Blaustein, 1980, 25 min., BW

In this autobiographical portrait, Susana leaves her native Argentina to live her life outside the strictures of Latin American cultural and family pr...

Sweet Power
A film by Lúcia Murat, 1996, 98 min., Color

During a tumultuous political campaign, veteran broadcast journalist Bia takes over as news director of a major television network. Amidst multiple c...

Troubled Harvest
A film by Sharon Genasci and Dorothy Velasco, 1990, 30 min., Color

This award-winning documentary examines the lives of women migrant workers from Mexico and Central America as they work in grape, strawberry and cherr...

Unfinished Diary
A film by Marilu Mallet, 1986, 55 min., Color

In this moving docudrama, Chilean emigre Mallet struggles to make a film about her experience of profound isolation. Her English speaking husband, a p...

Ventre Livre
A film by Ana Luiza Azevedo, 1995, 45 min., 3 in series, Color

VENTRE LIVRE paints a grim picture of reproductive rights for millions of women in Brazil today. One in every four women of child-bearing age has bee...

War Takes
A film by Adelaida Trujillo and Patricia Castaño, 2002, 78 min., Color

With conflicts raging on nearly every continent, war now regularly transcends the battlefield into everyday life - whether its increased security at a...

Women's Lives and Choices
Produced by Daniel Riesenfeld for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1995, 200 min., 3 in series, Color

This important and timely series deals with women's health and the social, cultural and economic factors underlying reproductive choices. VENTRE LIVR...

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