Mexican American Studies: Documentaries
Ballad of an Unsung Hero
New York: Cinema Guild, ©1983.
Uses archival footage, photographs, and recordings, as well as interviews, to chronicle the life of Pedro J. Gonzalez, who served as telegrapher for Pancho Villa, became a radio star and recording artist in the United States, championed the cause of Mexican-Americans, and worked as a prisoner in San Quentin to reform the California penal system. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. (28 min.) Media E184.M5 B34 1990z
Barriers of Solitude: The Universal History of a Mexican Village (La barrieres de la solitude: pueblo en vilo)
New York: Filmakers Library, 1996.
French & English. Media F1203 .B3713 1996
Biculturalism and Acculturation among Latinos
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1992.
This film examines the question of which part of their culture Latinos feel they should keep and leave behind. It explodes some commonly held beliefs and misconceptions about who Latinos are in the U.S. and probes the relationship between ethnic identity and entrepreneurial success in the U.S. marketplace. (28 min.) Media E184.S75 B53 1992
Biografía: The Lives of Latin American Writers
Julio Cortazar: Argentina's Iconoclast. Pablo Neruda: Chile's Master Poet. Gabriela Mistral: Focused on Love. Octavio Paz: Mexico's Muse. Jose Marti: Cuba's Herald. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©2000.
Through archival material and interviews with family, friends, and scholars, this series looks at the lives and works of five Latin American writers. In Spanish. 5 videocassettes (142 min.) Media PQ7081.3 .B56 2000
Birthwrite, Growing up Hispanic New York
Cinema Guild, ©1988.
Examines the work of several Hispanic-American writers and how their poems, short stories, and novels reflect what it means to grow up Hispanic in America. Discusses influences on their writing including the oral traditions of the Hispanic community, their creative methods, and specific themes. (57 min., 4 sec.) Media PS508.H57 B57 1988
La Boda (The Wedding)
New York: Women Make Movies, ©2000.
Documentary filmed in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in Mission, Texas and Shafter, California. This movie follows the life of a migrant community, primarily through the eyes of Elizabeth, whose wedding to Artemio concludes the film. Portions in Spanish with English subtitles. (54 min.) Media E184.M5 B59 2000
The Border: Real and Imaginery, Past and Present
Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona, 1979.
A visual essay using photographic still images and music, Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, to capture the ambience of border life and the contrast between Mexican, Indian, and American cultures and to portray man's alienation from his fellow man. M.A. Thesis, Department of Drama, Univ. of Arizona. 1 cassette (10 min.) Media E9791 1979 332
Borderline Cases: Environmental Matters at the United States-Mexico Border
Oley, PA: Bullfrog Films, 1997.
Describes problems caused by factories along the U.S. and Mexico border which did not need to comply with environmental regulations. Media TD897.8.M6 B67 1997.
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