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The documentaries in this section deal with contemporary U.S. psychosocial issues such as biculturalism, race, gender, inequality, politics, war, poverty, violence and mental illness which affect many individuals in today's world. From within their communities, individuals who have experienced the consequences of social dysfunctions share their stories and their efforts to improve their conditions.

    Latinos On Campus 47:00 2010, U.S.

    A probing, intimate look at the journey of Latino Students into mainstream American higher education.

    The young Latinos featured, speak about their lives as students at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, yet their stories weave a much larger tale: That of families and communities from diverse geographies but a predominantly common placement within the American landscape.
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    On Track 40:00 Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.

    The human face of gang violence, the profound honesty, and the many points of view presented in this documentary provide a comprehensive analysis of the complex causes and effects of the gang problem. It highlights the importance of personal choice and the responsibility of all members of society to prevent the formation of gangs and the use of guns.
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    The Roubbins Cube 40:00 2007, U.S.

    An introspective documentary of first generation Haitian-American Roubbins Lamothe. Witness his transformation from a fourteen year old teenager growing up in the Boston area housing developments to a twenty-four year old adult. His increasing number of tattoos, his writing, and his relationship with his mother reflect Roubbins' ten-year struggle to solve the emotional, economic, racial, cultural and political issues in his daily life.
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    Tejiendo Vida / Weaving Life 26:00, 2008, 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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    Understanding Violence 35:00, 2003 U.S.

    From within their communities, four young people tell stories of how they have been affected by violence. The places from which these individuals tell their stories - prison, high school, a wheel chair, and law school - reflect the positive and negative consequences of personal choice, but also the potential affects of exposure to violence and disadvantaged communities.
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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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    Casa Primavera 26:00, 1994, U.S.

    Provides an inside look at the members and structure of an innovative mental health program for Latinos with chronic mental illness in Boston. Through daily activities such as cooking, sweeping the floor and making music, residents of Casa Primavera learn the basic social and cultural skills for daily living.
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    No Hay Paz / There is No Peace 27: 00, 1992, U.S.
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    Recounts history of El Salvador and details the 12-year civil war told by Salvadoran immigrants and refugees. There are No Peace focuses on the life of Salvadorans in the United States and their struggle to adjust and survive.
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    It's Tough 20:00 1996, U.S.

    Depicts 24-year-old Jose and his struggle to adapt from Puerto Rican to American culture. Jose shares his process of recovery from drug addiction and imprisonment to becoming a social worker.
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