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The Bridge Master's Daughter - Cultural Traditions in the Andean Highlands of Peru
In the remote Andean highlands of Peru, Victoriano Arisapana cares for the woven footbridge that has stretched over the gorge for hundreds of years. The secrets of this bridge, the only one left from the ancient Incan empire, have been…
I Thought It Was a Party - Pense Que iba a Haber Fiesta
Divorced and living with her teenage daughter, Lu (Valeria Bertuccelli) asks her close friend Ana (Elena Anaya) to house-sit while she goes away with her new fiancee. Ana spends her days lazing by the pool, afflicted by a deep loneliness.…
Before a Rooster Crows - Antes Que Cante El Gallo
In this Puerto Rican coming-of-age story, Carmin's dream of moving to the city with her mother vanishes when she instead moves to the US with her new husband. Carmin moves to Barranquitas, a mountainous village in the center of Puerto…
Good Manners - As Boas Maneiras
When lonely nurse Clara is hired as a nanny by wealthy Ana, she hardly expects anything like the friendship she finds with the lonely, pregnant woman. However, both women have dark secrets which will engulf all that they hold dear.…
Gueros
Ever since the National University strike broke out, Sombra and Santos have been living in angst-ridden limbo. Education-less, motionless, purposeless, and unsure of what the strike will bring, they begin to look for strange ways to kill time. But their…
Maquilapolis: City of Factories - Activism for Low-Wage Workers in Mexico
Carmen Duran works the graveyard shift in one of Tijuana's 800 maquiladoras; she is one of six million women around the world who labor for poverty wages in the factories of transnational corporations. After making television components all night, Carmen…
Balseros - Cuban Rafters
In the summer of 1994, a team of public television reporters filmed and interviewed seven Cubans a few days before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade rafts to reach the coast of the United States. Six…
Everybody Leaves - Todos se van
Through her diary entries, eight-year-old Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life, which create an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro. A celebration of freedom and a confrontation with…
The Candidate - El Candidato
A pitch-perfect political comedy that explores the creation of a political persona that is all form and no content. THE CANDIDATE tells the story of Martin, the son of a wealthy businessman, who starts prepping his candidacy for office. In…
La Yuma
Nicaragua's first full-length feature in 20 years, LA YUMA tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. The film provides a glimpse of life in…
The Grammar of Happiness - Discovering the Unique Communication Style of an Amazonian Tribe
Daniel Everett is an American linguist and author best known for his study of the Amazon Basin's Piraha people and their language. THE GRAMMAR OF HAPPINESS is a documentary that explores whether Daniel's journey into the heart of the Amazon…
Extra-Terrestre
Teresa is a successful astrophysicist who lives with her girlfriend, Daniela, in the Canary Islands. After years of self-exile, Teresa returns to Puerto Rico to invite her family to her wedding. But her family is a conservative clan from a…
The Immigration Paradox - Diverse Stories Reveal Root Causes of Mass Migration
The Immigration Paradox takes a critical and in depth look at one of the most divisive issues in human global history-immigration. After encountering an immigrant crossing the Arizona desert, Emmy Award Winner and Filmmaker Lourdes Lee Vasquez set out to…
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Black and Cuba - Students Explore Race and Society in Cuba
Black and Cuba follows street-smart Ivy League students who are outcasts at their elite university, as they band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. Intent on sharing their experiences, the students film their journey…
Hermia & Helena
Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York for an artist residency to work on a new Spanish translation of A Midsummer Night's Dream . Upon her arrival, she quickly realizes that her work isn't…
Made in L.A. (Hecho en Los Angeles)
An Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verite…
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Embrace of the Serpent - El abrazo de la serpiente
One of the best reviewed films of the year and a 2016 Academy Award-nominee, Ciro Guerra's multi award-winning EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is a breathtaking cinematic odyssey through the Amazon, following the quests of two European explorers (one in 1909…
Secundaria
Secundaria quietly follows one high school class over a three-year period on its journey through Cuba's world famous National Ballet School. Our teenage dancers love to dance, but many of them must dance as their sole way out of poverty…
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary - The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants
Directed by a schoolteacher, this film became a lightning bolt in the immigration debate as the Rockefeller Foundation labeled it "One of the most important films on American race relations." Hoover Elementary is located in Pico-Union, known as the 'Ellis…
Taking Back the Schools
Episode 3 of Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement
It covers the Los Angeles high school blow outs of 1968 thoroughly and with passion. Part 3 is also likely to be the most interesting to students because they can witness young people their own age forcefully agitating for change.…