Mexican American Studies: Documentaries
[S.l.]: Harry Atwood, 1966.
Depicts two days in the life of three villages around Lake Cajititlán in west central Mexico, from fishing at dawn on Saturday to Mass and fiesta on Sunday afternoon. Shows facets of an ancient, but now changing, way of life. (41 min.) Media Film D-11,618
El Che: Investigating a Legend
West Long Branch, NJ: White Star, ©1997. (97 min.) Media F2849.22.G85 K35 1997
Che Guevara: Restless Revolutionary
New York: A&E Television Networks, ©1998. (50 min.) Media F2849.22.G85 C44 1998
New York: Women Make Movies, 1989.
This film employs Mexican murals, rare photographs, prints, and documentary footage to trace the traditional and the emerging roles of Mexican/Chicanas from pre-Columbian times to the present, showing how women have made important contributions as workers, mothers, activists, educators, leaders, and in numerous other ways, despite their generally oppressed status in the Latino culture. (23 min.) Media E184.M5 C386 1989
New York: Cinema Guild, ©1988.
Under the San Diego approaches to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge is Chicano Park in San Diego, Calif., and its murals. This is the story of its creation and a history of the Chicano community in San Diego. (59 min.) Media F869.S22 C5 1988
Berkeley, CA: Redbird Films, 1988.
Traces the history of the Mexican-American community in San Diego, from its creation around 1900, through its peak in the late 1920s and its near extinction in the 1950s and 1960s, to its revitalization in the 1970s. Shows the process through which residents effect positive change in their lives and community by using the richness of their cultural heritage to educate themselves to gain political power. 1 film reel (58 min.) Media Film E-14,207
Children of Zapata
New York: Filmakers Library, 1994.
Describes the Zapatista National Liberation Army's struggle for democratic reform from the Mexican Government. (24 min.) Media F1256 .C56 1994
Berkeley, CA: University of California, Extension Media Center, ©1990.
Describes the Chinampa, a traditional Mexican agricultural system, and traces its long history. Shows modern day threats to this system and discusses measures to save the Chinampa. (31 min.) Media SB87.M6 C45 1990
El Cerrito, CA: Brazos Films, [198-?], ©1976.
Features the music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances, fieldwork, and other social activities. (58 min.) Media F395.M5 C48 1980z
El Cerrito, CA: Brazos Films, 198-?, ©1976.
Features the music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances, fieldwork, and other social activities. 1 film reel (58 min.) Media Film E-13,652
The Civilizations of Mexico
Princeton, NJ: Films For the Humanities, 1986.
Covers Mexican civilizations from 5th century BC to the invasion of the Spaniards in 16th century AD. Media F1210 .C58 1986
The Conquest of Mexico
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, Inc., 1992, ©1991.
"This program provides a portrait of Cortez and his world; of the New World as seen by a handful of Spaniards; and of the civilizations of Mesoamerica before they were 'discovered'--and the world of the Mayas and Aztecs, the nature of Aztec religion and politics. It describes the Battle of Mexico and how and why Montezuma lost--and why the descendants of the Aztecs speak Nahuati today." (35 min.) Media F1230 .C56 1992
Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena
San Francisco, CA: Xochitl Films, ©1998.
Corpus focuses on the singer's fans -- the people on both sides of the border who saw in Selena a symbol of hope and cultural pride, and the chance to emerge from a background of poverty and despair to achieve personal and professional success. The film is structured around interviews with personal friends and family of Selena as well as fans who never met the star but consider her part of their lives. Their recollections are intercut with archival footage of Selena's performances and appearances at awards ceremonies, and news coverage about her murder and the memorial service in Corpus Christi. (46 min., 40 sec.) Media PN1997.5 .C67 1998
Cortéz: Dateline Yesterday
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©1993.
"A dramatized portrait of the redoubtable conquistador, who instigated the collision of two highly sophisticated and very different cultures when his tiny army clashed with the forces of Montezuma. The resulting holocaust gave rise to the birth of modern Mexico." (30 cm.) Media F1230 .H485 1993.
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