Mexican American Studies: Documentaries
Land of the Conquistadores
[Melville, NY?]: Video Knowledge, Inc., ©1998.
Describes the history and culture of the Extremadura region of Spain, which is the ancestoral home of the Conquistadores. Title on container: Extremadura: land of the Conquistadores. (30 min.) Media DP302 .E83 1998
The Last Zapatista
Ashland, OR: SOSC Media Center Productions, ©1995.
Emilio Zapata, southern leader of the 1910-20 Mexican Revolution, has inspired millions ... and the revolution lives on through this myth. This video tells the history of Zapata and the agrarian revolution he led. Zapata's legacy lives on in old Emeterio Pantaleón, who rode with Zapata. (30 min.) Media F1234.Z37 L37 1995
Latido Latino: Señas de Identidad
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, ©2000.
Discusses the influence of Latin American culture in the United States through interviews with more than 50 Latin American immigrants living in New York, including musicians, dancers, artists, and writers. Those interviewed share their personal and professional experiences of being of Latino descent in America. Mostly Spanish with English subtitles. (120 min.) Media F128.9.S7 L3 2000
Latin and African Americans: Friends or Foes?
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©1998.
Explores the tensions and misunderstandings that exist between Latinos and Afro-Americans. (ca. 44 min.) Media E184.S75 L352 1998
Latin Beat: Latino Culture in the United States (see Latido Latino: Señas de Identidad)
Latin Boys go to Hell
Santa Monica, CA: Strand Releasing, 2001.
A film about gay Latino men, including drag queens, in love, their various affairs, how their being gay squares with their Catholicism, their families, etc. Chiefly in English; some Spanish with English subtitles. 1 DVD videodisc (71 min.) Media PN1997 .L374 2001
Latino Artists: Pushing Artistic Boundaries
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©1995.
The first part of this program introduces the founding members of the visual artists/performance group, Asco. The second part of this program visits the Nuyorican Poets Cafe located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. (30 min.) Media N7596 .L35 1995
The Latino Family
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, ©1993.
Traces patterns of migration and cultural changes of three generations of one Mexican-American family. (28 min.) Media E184.S75 L374 1993
Latino Hollywood: A History of Latino Participation in the Hollywood Film Industry, 1911-1940
Tucson, AZ: Mexican American Studies and Research Center, University of Arizona, ©1994.
Latinos have contributed to the American film industry since its earliest days. During the silent and early talkie era, Latinos were almost always stereotyped as tempestuous lovers, bandidos, or cantina girls. This program remembers many of the early Latino actors and actresses and examines some of the stereotypical roles they portrayed. (31 min.) Media PN1998.2 .L38 1994
The Lemon Grove Incident
New York: Cinema Guild, ©1985.
Focusing on one of the earliest school desegregation cases, uses dramatizations, archival footage, and recollections of witnesses to examine the response of the Mexican-American community in Lemon Grove, Calif., to a 1930 school board attempt to create a segregated Mexican school in the district. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. (58 min.)
Media LC2688.L47 L466 1985
The Lemon Grove Incident.
New York: Cinema Guild, 1985.
Focusing on one of the earliest school desegregation cases, uses dramatizations, archival footage, and recollections of witnesses to examine the response of the Mexican-American community in Lemon Grove, Calif., to a 1930 school board attempt to create a segregated Mexican school in the district. 1 film reel (58 min.) Media Film E-13,276
New York: Cinema Guild, 1992.
Dramatization of drug use by an hispanic teenager from the barrio of New York City. Despite support from a happy but poor family and attempts to intervene by his parents and siblings, he becomes increasingly addicted to drugs with tragic but realistic consequences. In Spanish and English. (37 min.) Media HV5824.E85 L6 1992
The Lost World of the Maya
New York?: WinStar Home Entertainment, 1997.
Examines the Lacandones, the descendants of the great Mayan civilization. (ca. 50 min.) Media F1465.2.L2 L67 1997.
Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino
Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, 1993.
Bettina Gray interviews Luis Valdez, the celebrated founder of the Teatro Campesino, the West Coast theatrical group that has given voice to the struggles of Chicano farm workers. As a child, Valdez picked fruit alongside his father in California's fertile valleys. In this program, he describes how he became a playwright and director and explains how his plays retrace the experience of Chicano families. (26 min.) Media PN2270.M48 B47 1993
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