(Gavaldón, 1956) La Escondida DVD5629, 2006, 103 min. "In Mexico of 1909 a peasant girl rises to fame and riches as a noted courtesan. She retains loyalty to her roots and her love for a zapatista brings about her downfall." Roberto Gavaldón
(Schock, 2010) Circo DVD8484, 2011, 75 min. "Gorgeously filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico, Circo follows the Ponce family's hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict. Tino, the ringmaster, is driven by his dream to lead his parents' circus to success and corrals the energy of his whole family, including his four young children, towards their singular goal. But his wife Ivonne is determined to make a change."
Alamar DVD 8820 (2010, 73 min) Before his five-year-old son Natan leaves to live with his mother in Rome, Jorge teaches Natan about their Mayan heritage, taking him to the pristine Chinchorro reef to live off the sea for a few weeks.
Angelitos Negros DVD 4460. Joselito Rodríguez, 1948. A story of family relations and the injustice of racism set in Mexico. Many of the actors appear in blackface to portray black characters.
Apaga y vamonos = Switch off DVD 4329 (2005, 87 min.) Switch off is a documentary tale about a usurped nation, about a forgotten genocide, about globalization, about one river. The Biobío is one of the longest rivers in Chile. This river has an enormous ecological...
Ariel Dorfman [videorecording] DVD 3857 (2004, 25 min.) "Forced to flee Chile after the military coup in 1973, Ariel Dorfman has focused his writing on the trials of tyranny and exile. This program looks at how he has fought for human rights as a novelist, playwright, essayist, journalist, and professor of literature and Latin American studies."--container.
Arráncame la vida [videorecording] = Tear this heart out DVD 6570 (2009, 111 min.) Based partially on the life of General Maximino Avila Camacho, brother of the Mexican president Manuel Avila Camacho. He was governor of Puebla from 1937 to 1941 and served as secretary of public works in his brother's Cabinet. He was infamous for being ruthless, arrogant and violent with his political enemies.
Aura [videorecording] = The aura DVD 5808 Fabâan Bielinsky (2007, 138 min) "Espinoza is a taxidermist marked with strange qualities--a photographic memory and random fits of epilepsy. To escape his lonely everyday life, he spends his time lost in fantasy about the perfect heist. When a fatal hunging accident presents a golden opportunity, he hakes the chance to put his plot into action. But living in a world of real violence might bring a lethal dose of reality to Espinoza--and the beautiful young woman he's brought into his plan. Now he must decide if criminal perfection is worth the ulitmate price."--Container.
Aventurera [videorecording] DVD 1554 (2004, 101 min.) Left alone after her mother runs off with another man and her father kills herself, Elena attempts to make a new life for herself in a new city. Believing he's a friend, Elena goes to dinner with "Pretty Boy" Lucio, but he drugs her champagne and sells her to Rosaura, who runs a brothel out of her nightclub. Elena becomes a sensation as a dancer, but all the while she nurtures plans of revenge against those who have conspired against her.
Balseros DVD2740, 2005, 120 min. "The true account of seven Cuban refugees (and their families) who attempted to immigrate to America via a series of homemade rafts."
Before night falls DVD 1887 (2000, 134 min) English and Spanish dialogue Based on the memoir Before night falls (Antes que anochezca) by Reinaldo Arenas.A look at the life of Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States.
Bella del Alhambra (aka Cancion de Rachel) DVD 5691 (2000, 115 min) The Machado dictatorship is seen through the eyes of Rachel, a woman who remembers her struggle and sacrifices to become a star burlesque entertainer at the Alhambra, a popular club for male viewers only. Many scenes from the burlesque musical theater of Cuba are intermingled with scenes from Rachel's life as she rises from obscure poverty to acclaim. The viewer is painfully aware of the limited options available to women at this time in history, yet the protagonist is determined to perform on her own terms. The film is full of political references providing a credible historical representation of the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Beso a esta tierra = A kiss to this land DVD 5618 (originally released 1995, 93 min) In the 1920s and '30s, thousands of Jews from Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East emigrated to Mexico. Their stories are told through archival photographs, film footage, and contemporary interviews with Jewish octogenarians who describe their journeys and their perception of Jewish life in the new world.
Bolivar soy yo [videorecording] = Bolivar I am DVD 3952 Jorge Alí Tria, 2001, 93 min. An actor on a historical soap opera becomes convinced that he is the man he portrays on television: South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar.
Buena Vista Social Club DVD 141 (1999, 105 min) In 1996, Ry Cooder went to Cuba to search for buried treasure. His recording featuring the re-discovered talents of Cuba's foremost folk musicians sold millions and earned a Grammy Award. Cooder now returns to Cuba with film maker Wim Wenders to reveal the stories, personalities, and music of the performers who collaborated on that recording. Includes live performances in Amsterdam and at Carnegie Hall.
Burlador of Sevilla [videorecording] DVD 3853 (2004, 120 min) "A superb production of Tirso's most famous work, the play that introduced the theme of Don Juan into European literature."--Container.
Caballé [videorecording] : beyond music DVD 6828 (2004, 98 min.) musical based on one of the most important voices in history. This film accompanies Monserrat Caballé on a journey through the most important cities, historic performances and audiovisual recordings of her life, including the appearance of people who, through a professional or personal relationship, help us to understand Montserrat the person and Caballé the diva. ...Caballe Mas Alla de la Musica
Calle 54 [videorecording] (2001, 106 min.) Introduced to Latin jazz in the 1980s, when he was beginning his career as a director, Fernando Trueba has since become a devoted fan of the music. Noted jazz artists have scored for some of his films and he took his love of the music one step further in which he gathered together a number of his favorite Latin jazz artists for a series of interviews and performances.
Camila [videorecording] = Love against all odds DVD 5290 CORE (2002, 105 min.) Recounts the true story of a young Catholic socialite from Buenos Aires, Camila O'Gorman, who falls in love and runs away with a young Jesuit priest, Ladislao Gutierrez, in 1847. Eventually they are found and executed by the repressive government. The film also makes a statement about the affect of dictatorship on personal and political freedom.
Canto a la vida [videorecording] = A song to life DVD 4543 (2010, 48 min.) Personal narratives by Hortensia B. de Allende, Isabel Allende, Juanita Farias, Francisca Fernandez, and other Chilean women on what it meant to them to live in exile during the Pinochet regime. They also express their thoughts on returning to Chile when democracy was restored.
Carol's journey = El viaje de Carol DVD 3696. Imanol Uribe, 2004. Set in the time of the Spanish Civil War, the film is a depiction of the cultural adjustments of a New York City-born daughter of an American father and a Spanish mother who is relocated to rural Spain.
Cautiva [videorecording] = Captive DVD 6116 Gastón Biraben (2007, 109 min.) Cristina's life is thrown into turmoil when she is suddenly escorted from her strict Catholic school and told that she is really Sofía Lombardi, the daughter of activists who disappeared in the '70s. Questioning everything she once thought true, Cristina embarks on a journey to find her true identity. Meeting others like herself, the young girl soon discovers the real-life horrors of Argentina's relatively recent past and the nightmare that claimed tens of thousands of lives during the country's 'Dirty War.'
Che : investigating a legend DVD 2790 Maurice Dugowson, (1997, 150 min.) 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.
Chico & Rita (2012, 94 min.) Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. Bonus features include the U.S. trailer, the making of Chico & Rita, and audio commentary with Director Fernando Trueba.
Cienaga = The swamp (2001, 100 min) Mecha is a middle-aged woman with several bored teenagers, a husband who dyes his hair, and the tedious problem of sullen servants - nothing a few drinks can't cure. To avoid the hot and humid weather, they spend their summers at a country estate. Mecha's cousin, Tali, lives in a nearby city, has a crew of small, noisy children she is trying to deal with. Before long, the restlessness of domesticity strains both families' nerves, exposing secrets and threatening to erupt into violence.
Contracorriente [videorecording] = Undertow DVD 7986 Miguel, a respected Peruvian fisherman, is expecting his first child with his beautiful wife, Mariela. However, their peaceful existence is threatened by Miguel's love for Santiago, a visiting artist whose presence is viewed as a threat by the villagers. When a fatal accident befalls the community, Miguel is faced with hiding his true feelings or coming to terms with who he is and risk losing everything, including those he loves.
Cuba va [videorecording] : the challenge of the next generation DVD 8603 (1993) Considers Cuba's future from the perspective of Cuban youth. Young people born after the 1959 Revolution discuss the challenge of Cuba's economic crisis in the nineties. Socialists and dissidents debate the merits of socialism vs. capitalism, the need for change, internal difficulties, and international politics. Documentary style interweaves interviews and spontaneous debates with rarely seen views of Cuban youth culture.
Cuba, une odyssée africaine DVD 5692 Narration selectable from French, English, German, Spanish, or Portuguese, with some French, Spanish, or English interviews and dialog, with optional French, English, German, Spanish, or Portuguese subtitles
De cierta manera [videorecording] = Sort of DVD 6935 Set in a new housing project replacing a slum area just outside Havana, three young people try to readjust their lives to the new social order of Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Estadio Nacional [videorecording] = National Stadium DVD 6920 During two months in 1973, over 12,000 people were detained in National Stadium, which served as an improvised detention center following the 1973 coup. Most of the detainees were tortured and some were killed. This film, which contains the testimony of over 30 survivors and eyewitnesses, provides a detailed and moving account of their experiences.
In the shadow of the raid DVD7613, 2009, 32 min. "The arrest of nearly 400 undocumented workers in Postville, Iowa, pushed the town to the brink of collapse and severed an economic lifeline to one of the poorest areas in the Western Hemisphere."
Maria full of grace DVD 1359. Using the story of a Colombian teenager's recruitment into drug trafficking, the filmmaker explores the social conditions and motivations of the woman who is being exploited.
Mexico trilogy DVD 6496. Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, Includes El Mariachi (81 min.) -- Desperado (103 min.) -- Once upon a time in Mexico (102 min.). Because of the Rodriguez's successful career, his films are are among the few to illustrate Latino self-representation.
Muerte de un ciclista [videorecording] = Death of a cyclist DVD 8791 (originally released in 1955, 88 min.) Upper-class geometry professor Juan and his wealthy, married mistress María José, driving back from a late-night rendezvous, accidentally hit a cyclist and run. The resulting tale of guilt, infidelity, and blackmail reveals the wide gap between the rich and the poor in Spain and surveys the corrupt ethics of a society seduced by decadence.
Only human [videorecording] = Seres queridos DVD 8488 When Leni comes home to introduce her fiance Rafi to her idiosyncratic Jewish family, everything goes smoothly until the lovers belatedly reveal that Rafi is Palestinian.
Our disappeared [videorecording] = Nuestros desaparecidos DVD 6505 (2008, 99 min) "Through a casual Google search director Juan Mandelbaum finds out that Patricia, a long lost girlfriend from Argentina, is among the thousands who were kidnapped, tortured, and then "disappeared" by the military during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Juan embarks on a journey to find out what happened to her and others he knew who disappeared and re-examines his own choices"--Container.
Pajaros Tirandole a la Escopeta = Birds will fly DVD 6933 An entertaining comedy about parallel love relationships. A young couple, Emilito and Magdalena, and an older one Hilda (Emilio's mother) and Felo (Magdalena's father). Emilito and Magdalena are sexually active, but their parents do not know it. When the young man takes his girlfriend to his apartment to make love, they are extremely surprised when his mother and Hilda's father come into the apartment and initiate a love-making scene of the young-at-heart. Emilito can not accept his mother's relationship for two reasons: he can't accept the idea of an older woman making love and can not accept the notion that a possible offspring of his relationship with Magdalena would be his own half-brother or sister. Finally the young couple get married; they have to do so since Magdalena is pregnant. The men are looking forward to having a baby boy ... the end is rather amusing!
Pasos perdidos [videorecording] = The lost steps DVD 6916 "The Argentine military governments of the 1970's and early 1980's left a terrible legacy. Not only "Los Desaparecidos," but also babies taken from their parents at birth, and relocated with families sympathetic to the regime, often families of the leaders and cronies. The lost steps is the story, twenty years later, of Argentine-born Monica apparently living a contented life in Spain with her parents until one day she is confronted by a man claiming to be her grandfather! Director Manane Rodriguez skillfully weaves the intense political strife with one man's faith that his grandaughter is alive, and his remorseless search in finding her."--Container.
Piel que habito [videorecording] = The skin I live in DVD 8768 (2012, 120 min) Since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has wanted to create a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he cultivates a skin that is a real shield against every assault. Now, besides the years of study and experimentation, the unscrupulous doctor needs to find an accomplice, and a human guinea pig. Marrilia, the woman who looked after him from birth, is his most faithful accomplice. But where will they find the human pig?
Polvo rojo = Red dust DVD 6934 The portrait of individual disputes and class struggle during the early years of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in the mining town of Moa, in eastern Cuba, where a large nickel-producing plant is idle. An accomplished engineer is put in charge, and many of the Cuban technicians who worked with the Americans leave the country.
Romántico DVD 6116. Mark Becker, 2005. Documentary about the pains and struggles an illegal Mexican immigrant living in San Francisco apart from his family. He works by day and plays mariachi by night.
Señorita extraviada Missing Young Woman DVD 6099. A grim documentary exploring the hundreds of unsolved murders of women in Cuidad Juarez, across the river from El Paso. English and Spanish with English subtitles
Sobrevivientes DVD 1096 (Originally released as motion picture in 1978., 113 min) A bourgeois Cuban family, of aristocratic origin, locks itself into its mansion when the Cuban Revolution comes to power to sit out the bad times and preserve its class values. As time passes, the family and its servants regress through the different social systems of humanity, ending in their total destruction.
Sobrevivientes = Survivors DVD 1096 A bourgeois Cuban family, of aristocratic origin, locks itself into its mansion when the Cuban Revolution comes to power to sit out the bad times and preserve its class values. As time passes, the family and its servants regress through the different social systems of humanity, ending in their total destruction.
Soldados de Salamina [videorecording] = Soldiers of Salamina DVD 8084 "El escritor Rafael Sánchez huyó de ser fusilado, en los últimos días de la Guerra Civil española. Una novelista, tiempo despues, se da a la tarea de encontrar y unir las piezas de esta enigmatica historia, sin saber que en el camino se encontrara con varias cosas, incluso con ella misma ... "--Container.
Successful man [videorecording] = un hombre de exito DVD 6924 Cuba's history before the Revolution is chronicled through the story of two brothers, one a revolutionary man of action, the other an unscrupulous politician trying to steer a treacherous middle path between opposing political ideas.
También la lluvia [videorecording] = Even the rain DVD 9076 (2010, 103 min.)Set in 2000, a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while the local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Tiburoneros DVD7546, 1963, 100 min. "A middle aged man earns a modest living as a shark hunter to support his wife and children. Working on a small island, he sends money to his family in the city every week to ensure their survival. His wife asks the man to return home one day, and his fellow fishermen are saddened to lose a friend. He returns to find his family really doesn't need him and he makes plans to return to his simpler, poorer but satisfying occupation as a hunter of sharks."--All Movie Guide.
Ultima cena = Last supper DVD 3872 A sugar plantation owner in late eighteenth-century Cuba attempts to bring Christianity to his slaves by staging a reenactment of the Last Supper, and to convince them to accept their position in life. His actions set off a slave revolt, which is brutally suppressed.
When the mountains tremble DVD 3457 Chronicles the astonishing, true story of Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, who is a Quinché Indian woman, as she stood up for her people and helped wage a rebellion in the wake of seemingly unconquerable oppression. Shot at the height of the heated battle between the heavily-armed Guatemalan Military and the nearly defenseless Mayan population.
abrazos rotas DVD 6814 "Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie."