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LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN

Our work from Latin America and the Caribbean includes six documentaries from Colombia and two from Cuba. The Colombian documentaries highlight adults and children from both rural and urban areas of Colombia as well as Colombian immigrants living in the United States. These stories illustrate the industrious and creative nature of Colombians as they struggle to survive and continue to advocate for peace in a country with high levels of economic inequality, internal displacement of its citizens and ongoing violence.


COLOMBIAN DOCUMENTARIES
    Tejiendo Vida / Weaving Life 26:00, 2006, Colombia
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    This video is an inside look at Rubiel Velasquez, a Colombian basket weaver and his family's daily life. The fear of violence, the absence of health services, the lack of financial stability and the disappearance of a livelihood shadow their lives.
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    Porvenir / Future 33:30, 2000, Colombia
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    Porvenir/ Future is the name of a rural, mountain village on the banks of the polluted Magdelena River in Colombia. Adobe houses, a dirt road, cotton fields and goats make up the town's daily landscape. A vibrant yet fragile community of four hundred inhabitants thrives against all odds.
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    Sin Maquillaje / Without Make Up40:56, 1997, Colombia
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    This documentary portrays the success of a youth educational community in Ciudad Bolivar, one of the poorest and most forgotten areas of Bogotá, Colombia. The video also takes us to the home of student Nelson Mendivelso's, where Nelson displays his artwork, and introduces us to his family.
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    Children without a Childhood 15:30, 1999, Colombia
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    Three vignettes reflecting the survival of children in the streets of Bogotå, Colombia. Meet three children who wash windshields, a family of six who sell fruit to drivers waiting for the light to change at a busy intersection, and two teenagers with faces marked by the chaotic architecture and pollution of the city, who push homemade carts full of cardboard boxes collected from the trash.
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    La Arepa en Nueva York 17:00, 1989, U.S.
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    Observe Colombian immigration and the maintenance of cultural identity through the story of Bernardo Rodriguez, a street vendor in Jackson Heights, Queens, home to over 300,000 Colombians. While trying to survive selling arepas on Roosevelt Avenue, Bernardo contributes to the lives of his fellow Colombians and at the same time enriches the cultural life of Americans.
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    Independencia/Independence 17:00, 1990, U.S.
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    Depicts the annual Colombian Independence Day celebration in Queens, New York exposing the love and pride Colombians have for their music, food and fellow people. Ironically, Colombians continue to celebrate Independence Day despite having to leave their families, friends and homeland due to violence and economic injustice.
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CUBAN DOCUMENTARIES

    Una Familia Cubana/ A Cuban Family 30:00, 2008 Cuba In Spanish with English subtitles

    This is a poetic portrait of anAfro-Cuban family living in Marianao, a modest neighborhood in Havana. Through their daily interactions they reflect their musical, sexual, linguistic and culinary attitudes . Their sense of humor, and connection with extended family members and neighbors are weaved together to present a painting of Cuba using the most powerful representation of a culture: the family.

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    Un Pensamiento Cubano/ A Cuban Thought 23:00, 2009 Cuba In Spanish with English subtitles

    Fom Havana, Cuba, twenty-five year old Cuban Clarissa Martinez shares poetry and thoughts from her diary as she explores her neighborhood and her home. Her constant analysis of herself, capitalism, communism and love, takes us on a journey of personal, cultural, and political examination. Her love for Cuba, her passion for history,literature, art and her struggle to connect with others becomes a metaphor forthe complex realities of young Cubans living in a post-modern Cuba.

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