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Hermia & Helena
Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York for an artist residency to work on a new Spanish translation of A Midsummer Night's Dream . Upon her arrival, she quickly realizes that her work isn't…
I Thought It Was a Party - Pense Que iba a Haber Fiesta
Divorced and living with her teenage daughter, Lu (Valeria Bertuccelli) asks her close friend Ana (Elena Anaya) to house-sit while she goes away with her new fiancee. Ana spends her days lazing by the pool, afflicted by a deep loneliness.…
The Immigration Paradox - Diverse Stories Reveal Root Causes of Mass Migration
The Immigration Paradox takes a critical and in depth look at one of the most divisive issues in human global history-immigration. After encountering an immigrant crossing the Arizona desert, Emmy Award Winner and Filmmaker Lourdes Lee Vasquez set out to…
6 videos
Neruda
Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Pablo Larrain ("Jackie"), this Golden Globe -nominated film features international star Gael Garcia Bernal as a policeman chasing Pablo Neruda, perhaps the most important poet of the 20th century and a hugely influential political figure.…
El Amparo
Based on actual events, this political drama tells the story of the 1988 Massacre of El Amparo. In the Venezuelan town of El Amparo, near the border of Colombia, a group of fishermen set off down the Aruca River. But…
Los Sures - A Puerto Rican Barrio in Brooklyn
Diego Echeverria's Los Sures skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources in Los Sures, a Puerto Rican barrio in Brooklyn. Five different people living in…
6 videos
Everybody Leaves - Todos se van
Through her diary entries, eight-year-old Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life, which create an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro. A celebration of freedom and a confrontation with…
The Return - El regreso
A delightful life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. After living 10 years in New York, 30-year-old Antonio returns to San Jose, where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran away from. A perspective of a middle-class family…
The Grammar of Happiness - Discovering the Unique Communication Style of an Amazonian Tribe
Daniel Everett is an American linguist and author best known for his study of the Amazon Basin's Piraha people and their language. THE GRAMMAR OF HAPPINESS is a documentary that explores whether Daniel's journey into the heart of the Amazon…
The Black Roots of Salsa - Cuban Dance and Music
Get fascinated by this journey owing to Cuban culture, full of dance and music. In interviews, music- and dance sequences exhibit some of the most important and world famous protagonists of the cultural scene in Cuba, the conversion of Cuban…
Taking Back the Schools
Episode 3 of Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement
It covers the Los Angeles high school blow outs of 1968 thoroughly and with passion. Part 3 is also likely to be the most interesting to students because they can witness young people their own age forcefully agitating for change.…
The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo - Oscar Zeta Acosta: From Latino Activist to Dr. Gonzo
This genre-defying film introduces the radical Chicano lawyer, author and counter-cultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta. Acosta was the basis for Dr. Gonzo in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," written by his friend, the Hunter S. Thompson. Channeling the psychedelic…
Living on One Dollar - Fighting Poverty Through Empowerment and Understanding
This award-winning documentary is a tool to help empower the extreme poor to take the first steps out of poverty. The film follows the story of four young friends who set out to live on just one dollar a day…
Embrace of the Serpent - El abrazo de la serpiente
One of the best reviewed films of the year and a 2016 Academy Award-nominee, Ciro Guerra's multi award-winning EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is a breathtaking cinematic odyssey through the Amazon, following the quests of two European explorers (one in 1909…
Balseros - Cuban Rafters
In the summer of 1994, a team of public television reporters filmed and interviewed seven Cubans a few days before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade rafts to reach the coast of the United States. Six…
The Empty Classroom (El aula vacía) - Short Films on the Latin American Education Crisis
Golden Globe winner Gael Garcia Bernal ( Y Tu Mama Tambien, Neruda ) gathered 11 award-winning filmmakers to explore the educational crisis in Latin America, where nearly half of all young people never finish high school. Winner of the UNICEF…
Hopefuls - Aspirantes
This award-winning Brazilian drama tells the story of Junior, a young player for Bacaxa A.C., an amateur football team from the city of Saquarema, on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. He has to deal with the unexpected pregnancy…
Connected by Coffee - Latin American Coffee Farmers
This documentary tells the story of Latin American coffee farmers and how our daily brew is deeply connected to the region's troubled past and hopeful future. Following a 1000-mile journey from Mexico to Nicaragua, the film shows how equitable trading…
Made in L.A. (Hecho en Los Angeles)
An Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verite…
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Black and Cuba - Students Explore Race and Society in Cuba
Black and Cuba follows street-smart Ivy League students who are outcasts at their elite university, as they band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. Intent on sharing their experiences, the students film their journey…