Mexican American Studies: Documentaries

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Fernando del Paso, Escritor Mexicano

Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©1998.
In his interview with Silvia Lemus, Fernando del Paso discusses his writing techniques and the literary influences that contributed to their formation. An episode of the television program Tratos y retratos. (43 min.) Media PQ7298.26.A76 Z58 1998

Festivals and Holidays in Latin America

Melville, NY: Video Knowledge, ©1997.
Highlights the celebrations, both religious and secular, which reflect the different cultures of the many groups inhabiting Latin America: Assumption Day in Solola, Guatemala -- 50th Anniversary of the Methodist School in San Jose, Costa Rica -- Santo Domingo Day in Managua, Nicaragua -- St. Ann's Day in Panama City -- Los Lunes del Cerro in Oaxaca, Mexico. In English (21 min.), followed by the identical program in Spanish (21 min.). Media GT4813.5 .F4 1997

The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle

Sparks, NV: Paradigm Productions, ©1996.
The story of Cesar Chavez, the charismatic founder of the United Farmworkers Union and the movement that he inspired - a movement that touched the hearts of millions of Americans with the grape and lettuce boycotts, a nonviolent movement that confronted conservative politicians like Ronald Reagan and the powerful Teamsters Union. (115 min.) Media HD6509.C48 F54 1996

Five Latin American Authors Speak

Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences [distributor], ©2000. Joaquin Soler Serrano interviews five of Latin America's preeminent authors, offering illuminating insights into their lives, their work, and the events that shaped them. Originally produced for the television program "A fondo" in 1977. In Spanish. 6 videocassettes (387 min.) Media PQ7081.3 .F48 2000

The Flow of the River

Albuquerque, NM: Hispanic Culture Foundation, 1988?
Presents an historical account of Spanish influences to the culture of New Mexico. (10 min.) Media F796 .F55 1988z

Flowers for Guadalupe: The Presence of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexican Women's Lives

New York: Filmakers Library, ©1995.
This film explores the importance of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a liberating symbol for Mexican women today. Commentary in English with Spanish dialogue. (57 min.) Media HQ1393 .F56 1995

Food for the Ancestors

Arlington, VA: Distributed by PBS Home Video, ©1999.
Presents Mexican customs relating to the care and remembrance of the dead as celebrated in the culturally rich state of Puebla. Focuses on folk arts related to the Dia de los Muertos celebration, such as weaving, pottery, dance, and preparation of special foods. (57 min.) Media GT4995.A4 .F6 1999

The Forgotten Americans

San Marcos, TX: Southwest Texas State University, ©2000.
Captures a day in the life of people living in colonias, (unincorporated settlements often lacking basic water and sewer systems, paved roads, and safe and sanitary housing) along the Texas-Mexico border. (60 min.) Media HV4045.5.T4 F67 2000

The Frescoes of Diego Rivera

Concord, MA: Home Vision, ©1986.
Explores Rivera's evolution as an artist, his use of the fresco technique, and his politics. Looks at the murals Rivera created for public buildings in the U.S. and Mexico. They unite themes of nature and revolution, drawing a parallel between the evolution of life and the struggle for human dignity. (35 min.) Media N6559.R58 A43 1986


Los Angeles: Connoisseur Meridian Films, 1997, ©1984.
A dramatized re-creation of the life of Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist, feminist and revolutionary. In Spanish with English subtitles. (108 min.) Media PN1997 .F89 1997

Frida Kahlo (1910-1954)

Chicago, IL: Home Vision, ©1983.
Profiles Frida Kahlo's work, her interest in politics and her tempestuous relationship with husband Diego Rivera, leader of the Mexican muralist movement. (62 min.) Media ND259.K33 F74 1983

Frida Kahlo, Portrait of a Woman

Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, ©1992.
A theatrical presentation of the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. (22 min.) Media ND259.K33 F75 1992

From Sleepy Lagoon to Zoot Suit: The Irreverent Path of Alice McGrath

Santa Cruz, CA: Giges Productions, ©1996.
A profile of the life and work (in civil rights) of Alice Greenfield McGrath, including interviews with McGrath herself, with emphasis on her work in defending the rights of young Mexican American men in the Los Angeles area, who were often (and, in many cases, mistakenly) perceived as tough gangsters and hoodlums, in the early 1940's. (30 min., 38 sec.) Media F869.L89 M435 1996.

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