Mexican American Studies: Documentaries
Santa Fe, NM: Onewest Media, 1979.
Depicts the cleaning of rural irrigation ditches in New Mexico, an annual tradition practiced since the arrival of the Spanish settlers in the 16th century. (10 min.) Media TC824.N6 A33 1979
Windsor, CA: The Project, 1992.
Documents the five century history of Mexican-American / Chicana women, emphasizing major themes, organizations, and personalities. (30 min.) + 1 discussion guide (34 p.) Media E184.M5 A33 1992
New York?: AIDS Film Initiative in collaboration with Documentary Film, ©1988.
Discusses the causes and effects of AIDS in the Hispanic community through interviews with AIDS sufferers, their families, and members of the community at large. Drug abuse, cultural attitudes toward condom use and toward homosexuality, and the economic causes of drug abuse in the barrio are covered, as well as the role of family and friends in comforting and helping AIDS victims. Measures to prevent the spread of AIDS to wives and women friends of drug users and bi-sexual men are also discussed. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. (30 min.) Media RA644.A25 A637 1988
Washington, DC: AFL-CIO, ©1993.
Child labor continues to be a problem today, as corporations seek out the cheapest possible labor. NAFTA will not ensure enforcement of child labor laws, and further exploitation of children is feared as labor costs continue to rise. (9 min.) Media HD6231 .A45 1993
Brooklyn, NY: First Run/Icarus Films, ©2000.
Alonso lives in the Highland of Chenalho, where his community is filled with conflict due to the standoff between the Zapatista National Liberation Army and the Mexican government. The Zapatistas are demanding equal rights for the indigenous people. This film focuses on the impact the revolution and paramilitary violence have had on the daily lives of Mayan peasants. Dialogue in Spanish and Mayan with English voiceover; title and credits in English. (71 min.) Media F1435.3.S68 A46 2000
Alexandria, VA: PBS Video, ©1990.
Part I. Rodriguez' experiences of growing up in America as the son of immigrants, the loss of his "Mexican soul", and his first exposure to American culture. Part II. Discussion continues on the differences between Mexican and American cultures, including his observations on America's growing sense of loss and the essence of American society today. (56 min.) Media E184.M5 A53 1990
South Burlington, VT: Annenberg/CPB Collection, ©1993.
This intimate look at contemporary Latin America examines issues confronting the entire region by focusing on individual communities. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles and voiceovers. 10 videocassettes (57 min. each) Media F1408 .A58 1993
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, 1982.
Shows how history and art have been brought together in Mexico by such painters as Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco. Media N6555 .A74 1982
New York: Cinema Guild, 1994.
Seven chicano artists talk about their work and how it has contributed to the civil rights movement for Mexican Americans. (26 min.) Media N6538.M4 A78 1994
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1995.
An overview of the Mexican Revolution and its impact on the culture of the Mexican American community. (30 min.) Media F1234 .A795 1995
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, ©1994.
Moyers and Madrid discuss the controversy surrounding bilingual education and the state of education, in general, for Hispanic people. Originally broadcast on the television program A world of ideas in 1988. (30 min.) Media E184.S75 A88 1994.
Last modified: January 7, 2015