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10,000 km One couple, one year apart and two distant cities: Los Angeles and Barcelona. From award-winning director Carlos Marques-Marcet, comes a love story about the challenges of a long distance relationship and the role of technology in fighting to keep a romance alive.
1492 Conquest of Paradise Big budget account of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas. Released in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery. Shows the disastrous effects the Europeans had on the original inhabitants, and Columbus' struggle to civilize the New World.
Here's the Point / When our children leave(Ahi Esta El Detalle / Cuando Los Hijos Se Van) The boyfriend (Cantinflas) of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog. Suddenly this man appears so the servant tells him that Cantinflas is his wife's brother (Leonardo), who had been lost for years. The rich man then remembers that his father in law's testament could only be paid when all brothers get together, so treats Cantinflas, a real bum, as a king./ Unjustly accused of robbery, the noble Rayford is forced to leave the paternal home. A new incident, caused by the ambition of his brother Jose, causes Raimundo to be repudiated by his girlfriend Maria and by his father, the just and strict Don Pepe. The only one who believes in Raimundo is his mother, Dona Lupita, a woman who suffers deeply because of the wrong decisions of her children.
Alatriste Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast in this swashbuckling period drama - the story of Diego Alatriste, a former soldier and mercenary who becomes a hero of Spain's 17th century Imperial wars. The most expensive Spanish-language film ever made based on the wildly popular novel series by Arturo Pérez Reverte. 17th century imperial Spain under the reign of Philip IV, a weak and easily manipulated monarch dominated by a corrupt and intrigue-ridden court, the head of which is the influential Count-Duke Olivares. Intrigue and betrayal, duels and battles, love and hatred set the stage for the adventures of Captain Alatriste. In His Majesty's service, a proud soldier in Flanders and in times of peace, a hired sword in Madrid and Seville. He wasn't the most virtuous of men, nor the most devout, but he was a man of valour. His name was Diego Alatriste! Alatriste is in love with the beautiful María de Castro, the most famous actress of her time. Compelled to fulfil the final wish of his dying friend, Alatriste makes his way back to Spain to care for the man's young son Iñigo. Alatriste attempts to safeguard Iñigo both from a military career and from the Machiavellian woman he loves, the sweet and disturbing.
Alias, The White Man (Alias, La Gringa) Título Original: Alias La Gringa Director: Alberto Durant Actores: Germán González ... La Gringa Elsa Olivero Orlando Sacha Juan Manuel Ochoa Enrique Victoria Gonzalo de Miguel Ramón García Aristóteles Picho Año: 1991 This powerful political drama follows the adventures and escapades of 'La Gringa', a likeable criminal capable of escaping from any jail. When he escapes from one with the help of an imprisoned intellectual, 'La Gringa', returns in disguise to help pay back the favor but finds himself caught in a prison riot. En la carcel, toda deuda se paga, el lo sabía, ella no. Idioma: ESPAÑOL - Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
All About My Mother Internationally acclaimed writer/director Pedro Almodóvar (2003 Oscar® winner, Best Screen¬play, Talk to Her; Bad Education, The Flower of my Secret) delivers his finest film yet, a poignant masterpiece of unconditional love, survival and redemption. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son, an aspiring writer. But when tragedy strikes and her beloved only child is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles. The heartbroken woman learns her son's final wish was to know his father - the man she abandoned when she was pregnant 18 years earlier. Returning to Barcelona in search of him, Manuela overcomes her grief and becomes caregiver to a colorful [object]ed family: a pregnant nun (Penélope Cruz), a transvestite prostitute (Antonia San Juan), and two troubled actresses (Marisa Paredes and Candela Peña). With riveting performances, unforgettable characters and creative plot twists, this touchi
Americas (Get Up, Stand Up) A documentary examining contemporary Latin America and the issues confronting the entire region by focusing on individual communities.
Americas-1 (The Garden of Forking Paths) Sixty years ago, Argentina was one of the 10 richest nations in the world and seemed destined to be a global power. This first program looks at the social and political forces that cheated Argentina of this role and left it to suffer through periods of repressive governments and hard economic times. It is a story that was echoed by much of the rest of Latin America.
Americas-10 (The Latin American and Caribbean Presence in the U.S.) This last episode returns to the United States to profile California's Mexican-American population and the Latin American and Caribbean communities of Miami and New York City. Within the next decade, peoples of Latin American and Caribbean heritage will form the largest minority group within the United States. This program poses questions about assimilation, national identity and how these communities are changing what it means to be an American.
Americas-2 (Capital Sins) This segment looks at the rapid economic growth in the late 1960's and early 1970's, spotlighting the methods Brazil's rulers chose to develop that country and how their choices affected the lives of ordinary Brazilians. The program also examines the stubborn hold of poverty and economic stagnation in the region, and their human and environmental costs.
Americas-3 (Continent on the Move) This episode examines the causes and effects of one of the most important forces transforming the Americas: The migration of vast numbers of people within the region. This program is set in Mexico, where migration has moved people across borders, and from rural villages to congested cities.
Americas-4 (Mirrors of Heart) Questions of racial, ethnic and national identity run deep in the Caribbean and Latin America. This episode explores shifting ethnic and racial definitions in the region, looking at Bolivia, a nation with a rich Indian tradition, and Hispaniola, an island divided into two nations--Haiti and the Dominican Republic--with different cultural heritages and attitudes toward their African roots.
Americas-5 (In Women's Hands) In the last quarter-century, the turbulent events in Chile's history--the election and overthrow of socialist President Salvador Allende, the Pinochet dictatorship, a devastating economic crisis--have meant that women of every social class have chosen, or been forced, to adopt new roles. This program is the saga of some of these women, including a town mayor, a doctor, a farm worker and a mother of thirteen.
Americas-6 (Miracles Are Not Enough) Traveling to Brazil, this program observes the explosion of theological debate, social activism and spiritual revival that is changing a region where religion has long played an important role in society and politics. --Traveling to Brazil, this program observes the explosion of theological debate, social activism and spiritual revival that is changing a region where religion has long played an important role in society and politics.
Americas-7 (Builders of Images) This program celebrates the creative energy that enlivens all forms of artistic expression in Latin America and the Caribbean. The complex, distinctive and increasingly influential artistic 'voice' of the Americas is seen in the works of four gifted individuals: a Puerto Rican writer, a Brazilian popular music star, a Mexican actress and an Argentine film director.
Americas-9 (Fire in the Mind) Successful revolutions in Latin America have been rare--but influential. This program looks at revolutionaries in the region today, with a special emphasis on the former guerrilla fighters in El Salvador and the current movement in Peru, and links these movements to the revolutions in Cuba and Nicaragua.
Loves a B*tch(Amores Perros) Amores Perros roughly translates to 'Love's a bitch,' and it's an apt summation of this remarkable film's exploration of passion, loss, and the fragility of our lives. In telling three stories connected by one traumatic incident, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu uses an intricate screenplay by novelist Guillermo Arriaga to make three movies in close orbit, expressing the notion that we are defined by what we lose--from our loves to our family, our innocence, or even our lives. These interwoven tales--about a young man in love with his brother's pregnant wife, a perfume spokeswoman and her married lover, and a scruffy vagrant who sidelines as a paid killer--are united by a devastating car crash that provides the film's narrative nexus, and by the many dogs that the characters own or care for. There is graphic violence, prompting a disclaimer that controversial dog-fight scenes were harmless and carefully supervised, but what emerges from Amores Perros is a uniquely conceptual portrait of people whom we come to know through their relationship with dogs. The film is simultaneously bleak, cynical, insightful, and compassionate, with layers of meaning that are sure to reward multiple viewings
And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself Antonio Banderas (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) delivers a powerful, larger-than-life performance as the title character of this incredible true story of how Mexican Revolutionary, Pancho Villa, allowed a Hollywood crew to film him in battle, altering the course of film and military history in the process. The adventure gets its start when early movie giants D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) and Harry Aiken (Jim Broadbent), send a junior executive, Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) to Mexico to persuade the cash-strapped, publicity-hungry Villa to let them film his revolution. Stepping into the literal crossfire, Thayer's crew risks their lives in the mingling of fiction and reality. After a string of dangerous exploits, narrow escapes and double-crosses worthy of a silent action short, Thayer and Villa make their movie, and 'The Life of General Villa' is released in the U.S. to popular acclaim. The film changes the public opinion in Villa's favor and proves that 'the lens is mightier than the sword.'
Argentina Land of Natural Wonder (VHS) This installment of the acclaimed video travel series journeys to Argentina. Viewers will investigate the wide variety of ecotypes in Patagonia, the splendor of Glacier National Park and the active Perito Moreno Glacier, the vivid Arrayanes Forest, and the beautiful Misiones Provence tropical rain forest. Armchair travelers will also tour the vacation villages of San Martin and Bariloche and travel to the pampas to listen to the tales of the gauchos, Argentina's version of a cowpoke.
Art and Revolution in Mexico This program provides an overview of the Mexican Revolution and traces its human legacy through the Mexican population in San Antonio, Texas. Several prominent Mexican-Americans discuss how the war drove thousands of poor Mexicans across the border into the U.S., and how their descendants are still struggling today for integration into American society. Segregation and exploitation of Mexican farm workers-- examples of ongoing racial prejudice-- are discussed, along with cultural contributions by Mexican-Americans in the areas of art, business, and education. The program provides excellent insight into the roots of anti-Mexican sentiment, as well as the often quarrelsome relationship between the U.S. and Mexico from a historical perspective'--Container.
Augusto Roa Bastos In this interview, we meet the eminent Paraguayan writer, Augusto Roa Bastos, who, in his short stories and two novels-Hijo de Hombre and Yo el Supremo-uses a rich, experimental language to create a vast, complex, and interrelated world. Roa Bastos explores a familiar theme of the Latin American writer: the violence, injustice, and repression of Spanish colonial society. The depth of his analysis...
Avant-Garde Of The 1920S, The In the latter half of the 20th Century, Raymond Rohauer was one of the nation's foremost proponents of experimental cinema. Programming diverse films at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, and making the films in his personal archive available for commercial distribution, he helped preserve and promote avant-garde cinema. This two-DVD collection assembles some of the most influential and eclectic short films in the Rohauer Collection, including works by Man Ray, Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Watson & Weber, Fernand Leger, Joris Ivens, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Jean Epstein and Orson Welles.
BAD EDUCATION When an old friend brings filmmaker Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez) a semi-autobiographical script chronicling their adolescence, Enrique is forced to relive his youth spent at a Catholic boarding school. Weaving through past and present, the script follows a transvestite performer (Gael García Bernal) who reconnects with a grade school sweetheart. Spurred on by this chance encounter, the character reflects on her childhood sexual victimization and the trauma of closeting her sexual orientation.
Bad Hair Nine-year-old Junior lives in the chaotic city of Caracas with his haggard, out-of-work single mother and baby brother. Fixated on his appearance, Junior is convinced that his mother would love him more if he was able to tame the stubbornly curly hair – or “bad hair” – he inherited from his absent father. But as he grows increasingly obsessed with his hair, his mother, in turn, finds him too difficult to handle – and a showdown looms.
Barcelona Christmas night (noche de invierno) “Bad Hair” is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Spanish, with English subtitles.
Beatiful Era (Belle Epoque) Fernando, a handsome, young Spanish Civil War deserter who befriends a free-thinking artist. Fernando finds himself in a romantic dilemma when the artist's four beautiful daughters return to their country home -- which woman should he romance? The answer is hilariously simple, as Fernando is seduced instead, by each of the high-spirited sisters.
Begin the Beguine ( Volver a empezar ) A Nobel prize winner returns to his natal city looking for his home. Antonio Albajara is a successful poet and teacher in the Berkeley University that returns to Gijón (Principality of Asturias, north to Spain). He travels there looking for everything that he left behind in his youth when he turned a well-known poet and writer in Mexico and USA, winning the Nobel prize with time. In Gijón he meets again with his past in Roxiu, an old friend (both played in the Sporting of Gijón's soccer team years ago) and Elena, his great-love of past times. Through his memory, his friends and Elena, Antonio starts an unforgettable journey by everyone.
Between Us (Entre Nos) A story based on facts which offers a fresh take on the issue of new immigrants in the United States. Mariana totes her two children from Colombia to reunite with her husband in Queens, New York. Her life is devastatingly turned around when her husband abandons the family. The woman and her kids have to fend for themselves in a foreign country. Mariana desperately searches for work. In the end, she resourcefully navigates a surprising avenue for making some money, the city's recycling.
Bi-national Dreams (Suenos Binacionales) A Rockefeller grant documentary about the bi-national experience of indigenous immigrants from Mexico. Sueños Binacionales tells the stories of the Mixtec people who have been immigrating to California for over 30 years and the more recent stories of the Chatinos who have been immigrating to North Carolina for the past 10 years
Bilingualism: A True Advantage In today’s global economy, being bilingual is a distinct advantage. This program looks at the nationally recognized bilingual education program at San Antonio’s De Zavala Elementary School, where Spanish-speaking children are being prepared to compete in the marketplace by developing new skills in English while maintaining their skills in Spanish. The program also follows a group of college students who are realizing the professional and personal benefits of being able to speak two languages. It concludes with a conversation with Cheech Marin, who shares his views on the importance of cultural identity.
Bitter Sugar In what may be the angriest portrait of Cuba ever made, director Leon Ichaso (Crossover Dreams) charts the journey of one young man from patriot to disillusioned dropout to angry rebel. Gustavo (René Lavan) is an idealistic young Marxist scholar who dreams of attending the University of Prague. When he falls for an earthy dancer with a more pragmatic view of her homeland, who plans to escape to Florida, his ideals are systematically chipped away in the face of poverty, repression, corruption, and police brutality until it all becomes too much for him to bear. A far cry from the more romantic work of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (Strawberry and Chocolate), this film speaks volumes about a generation of exiles burning with anger and hate for Castro and his regime. It's also manipulative and heavy-handed, with Gustavo less a hero than a straw figure poised for a fall, and it's far less revealing than such self-critical Cuban features as Portrait of Teresa and Memories of Underdevelopment. But its vivid and passionate feelings of betrayal can hardly be dismissed. Ichaso shot portions of the film in Cuba and smuggled the footage out, but Santo Domingo doubles for Havana through the bulk of the feature.
Blasco Ibanez: The Novel of his Life Luis García Berlanga ilustra la vida del novelista Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, nacido en 1867 en un modesto barrio de Valencia. Republicano visceral, mujeriego y vividor, disfrutó una vida de película. La obra narra los comienzos literarios y políticos en Valencia del autor de La barraca y también sus ansias por recorrer mundo, que le llevaron hasta Hollywood, donde se adaptaron al cine obras suyas como Sangre y arena y Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis. La producción, no exenta de polémica tras su emisión -especialmente entre la familia y en la tierra natal del autor- fue defendida por Berlanga en su calidad de obra de ¬ficción.
Brazil:Heart of South America
Buried Mirror, The 5-DVD Set With the explosion of the Spanish-speaking population in the US, the series provides a timely basis for both Hispanics and non-Hispanics to understand this dramatically expanding culture. Using a variety of film techniques, THE BURIED MIRROR is a dramatic and gripping recreation of history.
Butterfly For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older brother, a budding saxophone player, he makes a trip with the band from their town in Galicia. But it's also the year that the Spanish Republic comes under fire from Fascist rebels. Moncho's father is a Republican as is the aging teacher, Don Gregorio. As sides are drawn and power falls clearly to one side, the forces of fear, violence, and betrayal alter profoundly what should be the pleasure of coming of age.
Bye Bye Brazil The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion player is completely enamored of Salomé, and he begs to come along. The Gypsy Lord shrugs, and the accordionist and his pregnant wife, Dasdô, join the troupe. Television is their enemy as they go from the coast deep into the Amazon. Salomé lets the accordion player sleep with her once, with Dasdô's knowledge. He's moon-struck. Then, after Dasdô's baby is born and financial disaster hits the troupe, and the accordionist must choose between seeing his wife a prostitute and leaving the caravan.
Cab for Three, A A taxi driver is given a difficult choice from 2 small time crooks: drive them around while they rob, or get locked up in the trunk.
Cabeza De Vaca A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.
Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (Pantaleon y las visitadoras) The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of 'visitors' to satisfy the sexual needs of the soldiers posted on remote jungle outposts. At first unhappy about this assignment, he nonetheless puts his remarkable organizational skills in action and in a short time has his 'unit' running smoothly. In the home front things get complicated though; his wife dislikes his long hours and the secrecy surrounding his work, and he, despite being a dedicated husband, feels tempted by one of his 'subordinates'.
Celestina, La The young nobleman Calisto falls in love with Melibea, the daughter of a rich merchant. Calisto's servant Sempronio suggests they get the sorceress Celestina to further the romance. However Calisto's other servant Parmeno is suspicious of Celestina, as he knows about her tricks. After Celestina convinces Melibea of Calisto's love and arranges a brief clandestine meeting between them, Calisto gives Celestina a valuable chain of gold. Both servants are not satisfied with the whores supplied by Celestina and demand more from her, thus setting off a dramatic sequence of events.
Central America Close-Up This film contains two episodes from The Children of the Earth Series. GUATEMALA: Natividad Hernández is a 14-year-old Maya girl, called “Nati” by her friends. Her isolated mountain village retains many traditions which strengthen its sense of identity. But Nati’s world is changing. A recently constructed road brings new influences to the community; and farm land is growing scarce. Soon she will make important choices about the direction her life will take. EL SALVADOR: José Marvin Benítez is 15. Everyone calls him Marvin. A child of refugee parents, he was born in Nicaragua during the civil war of the 1980s. After years of uncertainty, Marvin’s family has returned to El Salvador to sink roots in Nueva Esperanza, a jungle cooperative village of 200 refugee families. He shows us his family, school and village.
Christians, Jews, and Muslims The Middle Ages in Spain—the the period from the Muslim conquest of 711 to the expulsion of the Jews and the defeat of the last Muslim ruler in 1492—witnessed an extraordinary 'Golden Age' through the intermingling of its Jewish, Muslim, and Christian inhabitants. This volume explores the nature of their coexistence (termed convivencia by Spanish historians), which embraced not only ideological interchange and cultural influence, but also mutual friction, rivalry, and suspicion
Christopher Columbus Biography of the explorer who convinced Spanish royalty to send him on a trip to chr(39)the Indieschr(39) and found the Caribbean instead.
City is Not For Me, The Agustín Valverde is an old widower peasant who has always lived in the village of Calacervia, near Zaragoza. One day, he decides on a whim to go and settle down in Madrid. When he arrives in the capital he is caught in the vortex of the Gran Vía's busy traffic. But, even if it is with great dicculty, he manages to reach the apartment of Agustín hijo, his son who has become a renowned doctor. His forty-year-old offspring lives a luxury life there in the company of Luciana, his wife and his daughter Sara. But things are far from ideal : the threesome are annoyed by his uninvited presence while, for his part, Agustín is troubled by the loss of moral values that governs his relatives : frivolity, duplicity and conceit reign supreme among them...
Class Apart, A Built around the landmark 1954 legal case Hernandez v. Texas, the film interweaves the stories of its central characters with a broader story of the civil rights movement. It also brings to life the heroic post-World War II struggle of Mexican Americans fighting to dismantle the discrimination targeted against them.
The Colony(Colonia) The legend of Erendira tells of a brave young Indian woman who took up arms against the Spanish conquistadors during their 16th century invasion of Latin America. Though about to be married, she stands up to the social conventions of her people, the Purepecha, so that she may fight the invading Spaniards. She steals a horse from the Spanish, learns to ride it and then uses her skill against her conquerors. In doing so, she became a potent icon of strength and rebellion for indigenous Mexican cultures. The story was taken from a pre-Colombian codex that reveals the history of the Purepecha people, the soundtrack was based on authentic music and sounds, and the film was shot in the native Purepecha language.
Common Wealth (La Comunidad) After a real estate agent (Carmen Maura) discovers $15 million in a dead man's apartment, she realizes the other tenants already have plans for the money.
Confessing to Laura The action is situated in Colombia on April 9, 1948, date in which took place the famous 'Bogotazo'. It is a story of love frustrated by political circumstances. Laura, a spinster schoolteacher, lives to Josefina and Santiago, public employee. The three characters will be besieged by 24 hours, targeted by snipers, will be forced to show such which are or they would have liked to be.
Conquest And Colony (Fire & Ink, The Legacy of Latin American Literature) To the European imagination, America was a tabula rasa, a virgin territory. As this program describes, narrative art forms were essential to making sense of this exotic Eden and the possibilities it offered. New Spain became a place for re-creating myths and legends of the Western literary canon, for transforming poetry, prose, and epic literature. The diaries of Columbus, Bartolomé de las Casas’ History of the Indies, Bernal Díaz’ True History of the Conquest of New Spain, and Bernardino de Sahagún’s Florentine Codex are explored along with works from indigenous authors of the early colonial period—such as Ixtlilxóchitl (History of the Chichimec Nation), Muñoz Camargo (History of Tlaxcala), and Alvarado Tezozomoc (Mexicayotl Chronicle). An FFH& S/Tranquilo Coproduction. (46 minutes)
Cortazar Julio One of the most important Argentinian writers of all time, Julio Cortazar was born in Belgium. When he was a child he went with his parents to Argentina. She stayed in Buenos Aires until 1951, when he went to Paris and he stayed in France until his death
Costa Rica:the Pure Life In this movie you will learn about churches,wildlife,national parks,coffee,sugar,ox carts and how they are made,folklore,music,goverment,famous artwork,museums,and much much more!
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank Pais and Juan Antonio Echeverria―a school teacher and architecture student―whose names seldom appear alongside their more famous contemporaries, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.
Cuba:Island of Dreams Enjoy a tropical paradise as you tour this exotic Carribean isle. From rugged mountains to idyllic beaches, from coral reefs to shores teeming with flamingoes, Cuba's colorful panorama unfolds. Hear the lively rhythms of Cuban music in the famed Tropicana and the grand Teatro Ballet, Stroll along Havana's bustling waterfront, the Malecon, and see the beautiful baroque buildings from Cuba's colonial past. Tour Trinidad and Santiago and uncover the rich history behind centuries-old landmarks. Releive the exploits of Columbus and the pirates seeking Cuba'streasures, then explore the haunts made famous by Al Capone and Ernest Hemingway. From its cowboys to cigar craftsman, Cuba offers a fascinating array of encounters that wouldn't be forgotten.
Cursed Village, The (Aldea Maldita, The) In an impoverished Castilian village live Juan, his wife Acacia, their son and Juan's blind father. The harsh weather conditions force the peasants to emigrate to a better land. Acacia goes to the city instead. Time goes by and they will meet again.
Custom Articles (Jose de Larra 'Articulos de Costumbre) Larra discussed in 'custom items' the very bottom of the Spanish soul and contrasts the daily lives of its people with the values ​​of modern culture, the ideals of tradition and his own personal sensibilities
Day of The Beast, The (El Dia De La Bestia) A heavy-metal fan (Santiago Segura) and a psychic (Armando De Razza) help a priest (Alex Angulo) seek the infant Antichrist in Madrid at Christmas.
Death in Granada (Muerte En Granada) A journalist starts an investigation into the disappearance of famed poet and political agitator, Garcia Lorca, who disappeared in the early days of the Spanish Civil War in the the 1930's.
Death of a Bureaucrat A Cuban worker dies accidentally and is buried together with his union card. It soon turns out that the widow will absolutely need the card for claiming her pension. Young nephew starts his hilarious fight against the authorities in order to disinter and rebury his uncle and retrieve the precious document.
Destination Nicaragua Documentary about a group of Americans who go to Nicaragua to learn about the conflict between the Contras and the Sandinistas.
Devil's Backbone Twelve-year-old Carlos is the latest arrival to Santa Lucia School, an imposing stone building that shelters the orphans of the Republican militia and politicians during the last days of the Spanish Civil War. Carlosgradually uncovers the dark ties that bind the inhabitants of the school: hidden riches, sexual intrigue and the restless ghost of a murdered student.
Don Juan Tenorio Don Juan Tenorio, the risky mocking Sevillian who always acts provoked by the challenges and impelled by the others, is conquered by the simplicity and purity of Mrs. Ines, whose clean love supposes the forgiveness and the salvation of the tireless seducer.
Don Quijote (Spanish version) Somewhere in the great wlsewhere there is a higher calling, a nobler ambition. Don Quixote is sure because he's read so in books about chivalry. But aged Quixote is not merely content to read. So he adorns himself in armor, takes up a makeshift lance and rides off to set the world right. Peter Yates directs from a script by John Mortimer and serves up a dreamy array of special effects both subtly and grandly scaled. Why would Quixote engage windmills in battle? Better yet, why not? To see the world through his eyes is to embrace life as the fullest adventure...
Don Quixote The timeless tale of imagination and the human will comes to the screen like never before in Orson Welles' Don Quixote.. Many of Welles' film projects remained incomplete at the time of his death, and for years the footage from this incomplete version remained locked away, unseen by the public. Finally a release undertaken by his assistant director, Jess Franco, unveils this unique vision of two men, Don Quixote (Francisco Reiguera, Major Dundee) and his companion Sancho Panza (Akim Tamiroff, Alphaville), whose journey through provincial Spain suddenly pits them against enemies both real and imagined in the modern world. An audacious, fascinating, and rarely-seen piece of film history, Don Quixote is essential viewing from one of the world's most revered and influential filmmakers.
Don Quixote (Discovery) Somewhere in the great wlsewhere there is a higher calling, a nobler ambition. Don Quixote is sure because he's read so in books about chivalry. But aged Quixote is not merely content to read. So he adorns himself in armor, takes up a makeshift lance and rides off to set the world right. Peter Yates directs from a script by John Mortimer and serves up a dreamy array of special effects both subtly and grandly scaled. Why would Quixote engage windmills in battle? Better yet, why not? To see the world through his eyes is to embrace life as the fullest adventure.
Don Quixote (Legacy as a classic) This program weaves art, music, and literature with Western culture to explore the enormous impact of Cervantes' classic on our world today. Artists, critics, and others, from novelist Carlos Fuentes to General Norman Schwarzkopf, reveal how the work-the most translated in history-has affected their lives. Mixing discussions of the text with music, poems, other writings influenced by Don Quixote,...
Dust to Dust Rodri and Rico are two cousins unalike in every way except for a shared contempt for their parents' values and a deep connection to their free spirited grandfather, Rodrigo. When Rodrigo dies unexpectedly, his yuppie children are more interested in quibbling about their inheritance than in fulfilling his last request. Determined to make things right, Rodri and Roco kidnap their grandfather's ashes and set off for sunny Acapulco in a vintage Mercedes. On the way, they learn about life and friendship and realize that their grandfather was more free-spirited than they could have imagined.
Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Join the festivities on La Ronda Street, spot an iguana in the Galapagos Islands, or hunt for a bargain at the Otavalo market; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Ecuador & the Galapagos Island and begin your journey now!
El Cid: The Legend Rodrigo's life as a child was a noble and happy one, he entered school at a young age. Often he went on adventures with his best friend Sancho and often visited his beloved one Jimena, the daughter of the count of Gormaz. His happiness did not last forever, after the death of the King Fernando, Rodrigo is seen wrapped in a world of plots and conspiracies that to will put an end to the life of Sancho and the consequent coronation of the infant Alfonso. All of a sudden, Rodrigo loses all that that he has acquired, his best friend and the love of its beloved one, and is unjustly exiled to Castile without honor!
El Greco: Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple Works by El Greco (1541-1614) are among the most recognizable of all old master paintings. Filmed in Spain and London, this program traces El Greco's life in Crete, Venice, Rome, and finally Toledo, Spain, where he painted Christ driving the Traders from the Temple.
The Garden of Eden(El Jardin Del Eden) Looking for a better destiny for their lives, a group of people arrives to Tijuana, in the Mexico-USA borderline. A widow and her children, a chicano woman without a firm identity, a 'gringa' writer fascinated with Mexico and her hermit brother, plus a mexican peasant who wants to cross the border are the main characters looking for 'the garden of eden'.
El Laberinto del Fauno - Pan's Labyrinth In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
El Lazarillo de Tormes Adaptation of the short novel 'El lazarillo de Tormes' by Anonymous. It focuses on the first chapters, his adventures with his first master the old blind man. The film has been entirely made by film creator Pedro Alonso Pablos, with a traditional digital technique for the animation; as if an old book started to move. The film has been recorded in Spanish and comes with English subtitles.
El Picaro
El Super Cuban exiles living in New York City with their 17-year-old daughter Aurelita. It's February, 1978; the winter is harsh, and for ten years Roberto's been the super of an apartment building, homesick for Cuba...Miami beckons.
Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente) The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
In This Tricky Life(En La Pu Vida) This flim mixes comedy, drama,social commentary,tragedy,and the sense of hope to all great effect.
Erendira Ikikunari The legend of Er+-¬ndira tells of a brave young Indian woman who took up arms against the Spanish conquistadors during their 16th century invasion of Latin America. Though about to be married, she stands up to the social conventions of her people, the Purepecha, so that she may fight the invading Spaniards. She steals a horse from the Spanish, learns to ride it and then uses her skill against her conquerors. In doing so, she became a potent icon of strength and rebellion for indigenous Mexican cultures. The story was taken from a pre-Colombian codex that reveals the history of the Purepecha people, the soundtrack was based on authentic music and sounds, and the film was shot in the native Purepecha language.
Ernesto Che Guevara, the Bolivian Diary Following the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro's trusted comrade Ernesto Che Guevara found himself becoming a bureaucrat. Seeking a return to action, Che eventually traveled in secret to Bolivia in 1966, hoping to foment a revolution on the South American mainland that would spread throughout all of Latin America. This documentary, which relies greatly on a journal Che kept during his time in Bolivia, as well as interviews with contemporaries who fought in the hills with him, provides an insightful look at his thoughts during the last year of his life.
Ethnographic Interviews
Eva Peron Drama based on the life of Eva Peron, an obscure actress, who rose to become wife of Argentine strong-man President Juan Peron and one of the most powerful figures in Argentina until her death in 1952 at age 33.
Even The Rain As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Evolution of Chile, The In just 25 years, Chile has gone from a Marxist state to a dictatorship to a democracy. The transition has strengthened Chile’s economy, but not all Chilean citizens have shared in the prosperity. In fact, the divisions between rich and poor have widened, causing critics to question whether democratic capitalism is the right solution. As the scenario unfolds, so do the moral issues surrounding the economic path Chile has chosen. Using Chile as a case study, this program examines these issues, and the difficulties experienced by other Third World nations also riding the tidal wave of post-Cold War economic reforms.
Explore Bolivia (Part 1 and 2) A journey into the jungles of eastern Bolivia takes us deep underground to a world of natural wonder. Join Thomas as he explores the Anahi Mine, renowned for its production of amethyst and ametrine. The adventure begins over 400 miles away in the bustling city of Santa Cruz before traveling by boat through the Pantanal wetlands to the mine. Then it's deep underground to discover the minerals and the myths. See how the minerals are mined, watch their transformation from gem rough to gemstones, and experience, first-hand, the world's largest gem pocket!
Feast of the Goat, The (La Fiesta Del Chivo) Urania Cabral returns to Santo Domingo, after several years, and remembers her and her family's relationship to Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican dictator, as well as the events surrounding his assassination.
Federico Garcia Lorca Federíco Garcia Lorca was born in the south of Spain (Andalusia) in 1898 and soon became the region's most famous artist. A poet, playwright, artist, musician and lecturer, he wrote groundbreaking plays such as 'Blood Wedding' and 'Yerma'. His support of the Spanish Republic in the 1930s led to his execution in 1936.
Flamenco Women Delicate yet deafening, fierce yet gentle, the Spanish art of flamenco overwhelms the senses and inflames the spirit. In Flamenco Women, director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) focuses on an ensemble brought together just six days before a performance as it struggles to orchestrate the guitars, singers, and dancers under the gun. Using almost no narrative, Figgis lets the raw footage of the rehearsals tell the story of frustration and building excitement. The rhythms of the pounding feet and the swaying bodies are hypnotic, the singing is powerful and moving, and the artists' devotion is palpable. If the rehearsals are merely exciting, though, the performance itself is absolutely stunning, a masterpiece of passionate precision. It's no substitute for a month in Barcelona, but for most of us it'll have to do. Olé! --Rob Lightner
Foods of Latin America The zesty food south of the Rio Grande is investigated in order that students can learn about the ingredients that are used to obtain that unique Latin flavor. This is an in-depth look at Latin American cuisine.
Forging Peace In Guatemala The stretch of land separating North and South America is a diverse assembly of countries and cultures. While hundreds of ruined cities throughout the jungles of Central and Meso-America reveal the secrets of the ancient Maya, the ruins in Nicaragua reveal more recent atrocities.
Frida From his complex and passionate relationship with his husband and mentor, Diego Rivera, to his political commitment, through his sulphurous connections and through his painful physical suffering, Frida's life was certainly inspiring. But the painter also created a strong and intransigent artistic universe, evoked here with great skill. Thanks to sequences where the paintings come alive, to beautiful metaphorical pauses in the narrative and to beautiful moments of poetry, Julie Taymor succeeds this delicate exercise, that of filmed biography.
Frida Kahlo: Life, Rebellion, and Pain Told in Four Paintings of Frida Kahlo A documentary feature about the life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Fuenteovejuna (Part One) Fuenteovejuna is by popular choice acclaimed as the greatest Spanish work of the Siglo de Oro, combining exquisite language with a plot reflecting the most central of Spanish themes and characters. This prize-winning production gives us all the values of a featured film while painstakingly recreating the medieval world of Lope's play. Thus we have a contagiously joyous performance which gives modern viewers what Lope gave his audiences- entertainment and edification, a comedia in the true sense of the word.
Fuenteovejuna (Part Two) Fuenteovejuna is by popular choice acclaimed as the greatest Spanish work of the Siglo de Oro, combining exquisite language with a plot reflecting the most central of Spanish themes and characters. This prize-winning production gives us all the values of a featured film while painstakingly recreating the medieval world of Lope's play. Thus we have a contagiously joyous performance which gives modern viewers what Lope gave his audiences- entertainment and edification, a comedia in the true sense of the word.
Gatekeeper, The A racist, bitter U.S. Border Patrol Agent moonlighting with a vigilante group goes undercover posing as a Mexican migrant worker in an effort to expose an illegal alien smuggling operation. When the plan blows up, he is trapped.
German Doctor, The Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring 'The German Doctor'to justice.Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's (XXY) fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the 'Angel of Death,' a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent 'hiding,' along with many other Nazis, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals.
Giant, The (Handia) In 1843, crippled Martin returns from war to his Basque hometown and finds his brother has grown into a giant, which they turn into a circus act.
Girl on the Stone, The (Nina En La Piedra) In a small town near Mexico City, Gabino, a backward junior high school student, falls in love with Maty, his charming schoolmate, who rejects him because he comes on to her so clumsily. Humiliated and led on by his classroom friends, Gabino agrees to punish vain Maty. The consequences take them to the pit guarded by an ancient magic stone he and his father hid there.En un pueblo cercano a la ciudad de México, Gabino, tardío alumno de secundaria, esta enamorado de Maty, su encantadora compañera de escuela que lo rechaza debido a su torpeza para el ligue. Humillado y mal aconsejado por sus compañeros de salón de clase, Gabino acepta castigar a la vanidosa Maty.
Globe Trekker: Central America The stretch of land separating North and South America is a diverse assembly of countries and cultures. While hundreds of ruined cities throughout the jungles of Central and Meso-America reveal the secrets of the ancient Maya, the ruins in Nicaragua reveal more recent atrocities. 
Going down to Morocco (Bajarse al moro) A girl, who lives together with her cousin who earns some money by dealing and her boyfriend who is a policeman, is regularly transporting some drugs from Morocco for her cousin. As all of them smoke grass from time to time there is need for more. Deciding to take a friend of hers who has just left home down to Morocco for a transport she gets problems because it is the first time for her friend and this makes it difficult. But as all are very open minded there is no problem they would not try to solve.
Golden Cage, The (Jaula de Oro) Tres jóvenes de los barrios bajos de Guatemala viajan a los Estados Unidos en busca de una vida mejor. En el camino a través de México conocen a Chauk, un indígena de la sierra de Chiapas que no habla castellano. Viajando juntos en trenes de carga, caminando entre las vías del tren, pronto tendrán que enfrentarse a la dura realidad.
Good Day, Ramon (Buen Dia, Ramon) BUEN DÍA, RAMÓN (GOOD DAY, RAMON) tells the story of a young man from Mexico who travels to Germany to find work and strikes up an unlikely friendship with a lonely senior citizen.
Goya in Bordeaux Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his much younger wife Leocadia and their daughter Rosario. He continues to paint at night, and in flashbacks stirred by conversations with his daughter, by awful headaches, and by the befuddlement of age, he relives key times in his life, particularly his relationship with the Duchess of Alba, his discovery of how he wanted to paint (insight provided by Velázquez's work), and his lifelong celebration of the imagination. Throughout, his reveries become tableaux of his paintings.
Goya's Ghosts Goya's Ghosts is a sweeping historical epic, told through the eyes of celebrated Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Skarsgard). Set against the backdrop of political turmoil at the end of the Spanish Inquisition and start of the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's army, the film captures the essence and beauty of Goya's work which is best known for both the colorful depictions of the royal court and its people, and his grim depictions of the brutality of war and life in 18th century Spain. When Goya's beautiful muse (Portman) is accused of being a heretic, renowned painter Francisco Goya (Skarsgard) must convince his old friend Lorenzo (Bardem), a power-hungry monk and leader of the Spanish Inquisition, to spare her life.
Habana Blues Habana Blues tells the story of Ruy and Tito, two young Cubans who share a similar dream: tobecome music stars. Their families and the same circle of friends keep them grounded and motivated. But their lives will be transforme by an international offer to record an album and perform abroad, causing dilemmas and affecting relations with their loved ones. Against a backdrop where humor and universal sentiments intertwine, Habana Blues is a beautiful metaphor about dignity, friendship and love.
Ham, Ham (Jamon Jamon) [NTSC/Region 1 and 4 dvd. Import - Latin America] by Bigas Luna Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor. When Sylvia falls pregnant, Jose Luis promises her that he will marry her, most likely against the wishes of his parents. Jose Luis' mother is determined to break her son's engagement to a girl from a lower-class family, and hires Raul, a potential underwear model and would-be bullfighter to seduce Sylvia.
Herod's Law Mexico, 1949. The fable of a janitor turned mayor on a little town lost in the Mexican desert, who gradually realizes how far his new acquainted power and corruption can get him. After the corrupt former mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there's nothing to do against corruption?except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst major in the town's history.
Herode's Law (LA LEY DE HERODES) Mexico, 1949. The fable of a janitor turned mayor on a little town lost in the Mexican desert, who gradually realizes how far his new acquainted power and corruption can get him. After the corrupt former mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there's nothing to do against corruption?except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst major in the town's history.
Heroes Hispanos The deep commitment of Hispanic Americans to the principles of freedom and democracy, coupled with their strong belief in ''Country, Honor and Duty'' make Hispanics one of the most decorated ethnic groups in U.S. military history. Thousands of Hispanic Americans have been awarded commendations for gallantry, with 38 receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor the nation bestows. HEROES HISPANOS tells the little-known stories of these overlooked heroes, from Revolutionary War general Bernardo de Galvez after whom the city of Galveston, Texas is named to Roy Benavidez, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam. Meet veterans of the Bataan Death March, and relive the exploits of the Civil War admiral David Farragut, whose victory over the Confederates in the Battle of Mobile Bay was the most important naval encounter of the war. HEROES HISPANOS is a thorough, illuminating profile of an important element of America's military history.
History of Spanish, A
Hour of the Furnaces, The (La Hora de los Hornos) Divided into three segments, namely 1 Neocolonialism, 2 Act for liberation, 3 Violence and liberation, the documentary lasts more than 4 hours this deals with the defense of the revolution and the revolution of the third world such as the revolt of the students in the United States and Western Europe, Czech citizens protest against the Soviet Union's State bureaucracy and also the revolution that (probably) is unprecedented in Argentina.
House of Bernarda Alba, The Based on the play by Federico Garci?a Lorca, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA is the story of a cold-blooded provincial widow and her five adult daughters. Bernarda (Irene Gutie?rrez Caba) rules her wealthy household with an iron fist, forbidding her daughters to socialize with, let alone marry, the local people she considers their social inferieors. After the death of their father, Bernarda locks her daughters in the house for an eight-year mourning period, acquiescing only to the courtship of her eldest, Angustias (Enriqueta Caballeira), by Pepe el Romano, a mysterious nobleman who arrives on horseback each evening. Because Pepe is the only eligible bachelor in town, the younger sisters fall in love with him as well. Hardest hit is Adela (Ana Bele?n), the beauty of the family, whose illicit romance with Pepe has tragic conseqeunces for the entire family. Beautifully shot and acted, the film conveys both the claustrophobia and beauty of a sequestered, all-female hosuehold.
House of the Spirits, The hile, second half of the 20th century. The poor Esteban marries Clara and they get a daughter, Blanca. Esteban works hard and eventually gets money to buy a hacienda, eventually to become a local patriarch. He becomes very conservative and is feared by his workers. When Blanca grows up, she falls in love with a young revolutionary, Pedro, who urges the workers to fight for socialism. It is unavoidable that Pedro and Esteban are pitted against each other. Esteban tries to stop the love affair between Pedro and his daughter by all means possible but soon Blanca becomes pregnant and has a daughter. The void between father and daughter seems unbridgeable when Blanca moves in with Pedro.
I, The Worst of All A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), intrigues them. The viceroy and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating. The prelate finds her a symbol of European laxity. He engineers the election of a new abbess, severe and ascetic. The virreina visits Sor Juana often and inspires her to write passionate poetry that the archbishop finds scandalous. The viceroy protects her. After he is replaced and returns to Spain with his wife, Sor Juana faces envy and retribution. A bishop betrays her, her confessor humbles her. Plague, a tribunal, and her confession as 'the worst of all' end the great poet's life.
I'm the One You're Looking For Natalia, a fashion model, is assaulted by a man one night, when she is returning from work. She decides to take revenge, and obsessively searches for the rapist.
Imagining Argentina Antonio Banderas and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson star in this gripping political thriller from Academy Award-winning director Christopher Hampton. Carlos Rueda (Banderas) is the director of a children's theater in Buenos Aires, a city haunted by the disappearance of thousands who have spoken up against the dictator in power. When his wife, Cecilia (Thompson), disappears after writing a controversial article, Carlos discovers he has the power to look into the faces of those seeking the missing and see the fate of the people they love. But no matter how desperately he searches for his own wife, he always finds himself one step behind. Pushed to the limits of survival, it's up to Cecilia to find her way to Carlos in a journey filled with danger, horror and suspense.
In The Country Where Nothing Happens In this Mexican comedy, a business man with shady ties named Enrique is kidnapped and his wife, Elena, is sent a video tape of him with his mistress. The mistress, Rita, after speaking with Elena decides that Enrique is not worth the trouble of rescuing and the two women become friends. Now the big question that hangs in the air is who will take care of Enrique's money laundering activities while he is held prisoner?
In the Time of the Butterflies On November 25, 1960, the bodies of three sisters were found near the bottom of a cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official daily 'El Caribe' reports that it had been an accident, but it does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it mention the sisters' fierce opposition to the General Trujillo's dictatorship. This is their story: how Minerva started the tragedy by refusing Trujillo; how Patria became an opponent from the church itself; how Maria Teresa joined the revolution through the love. And how they lost their wings, but not their courage. They were Las Mariposas - 'The Butterflies'.
Inca: Secrets of the Ancestors Inca Secrets of the Ancestors While dominating a kingdom challenged by the harshest environmental conditions known to man, legendary Inca emperors ruled with great splendor and ritual, marking the stunning climax of 3,000 years of South American cultural evolution. Join researchers as they unravel the puzzle of the Na
Insomnio: Sleepless in Madrid The lives of a yuppie TV producer, a commitment-phobic real estate salesman and a jilted compulsive drinker become inextricably intertwined in this quirky romantic comedy from director Chus Gutierrez. Bonded by their many anxieties and inability to sleep, Eva (Cristina Marcos), Alba (Candela Peña) and Juan (Ernesto Alterio) struggle to cope with the pitfalls of love, marriage and family.
Inspector Bellamy A well known Parisian inspector becomes involved in an investigation while on holiday.
Jose Donoso (Conversations with Latin American Writers) This six-part series features illuminating interviews with Latin American writers who are part of what has become known as the 'boom of the Latin American novel'--the efflorescence of highly experimental works by such writers as Fuentes and Llosa. All of the writers in this series--Garcia Marquez, Fernandez Retamar, Roa Bastos, Benedetti, Donos, and del Paso--are key contributors to that movement'--Containers.
Kika Kika, a young cosmetologist, is called to the mansion of Nicolas, an American writer to make-up the corpse of his stepson, Ramon. Ramon, who is not dead, is revived by Kika's attentions and she then moves in with him. They might live happily ever after but first they have to cope with Kika's affair with Nicolas, the suspicious death of Ramon's mother and the intrusive gaze of tabloid-TV star and Ramon's ex-psychologist Andrea Scarface.
Kiss of the Spider Woman Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a trans individual, is found guilty of immoral behavior and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. During the time they spend together, the two men come to understand and respect one another.
Knocks at My Door A fugitive bursts into the home of two Catholic nuns. In an attempt to save his life, they hide him from the marauding military patrols, despite the danger they face if they are caught.
La Celestina The young nobleman Calisto falls in love with Melibea, the daughter of a rich merchant. Calisto's servant Sempronio suggests they get the sorceress Celestina to further the romance. However Calisto's other servant Parmeno is suspicious of Celestina, as he knows about her tricks. After Celestina convinces Melibea of Calisto's love and arranges a brief clandestine meeting between them, Calisto gives Celestina a valuable chain of gold. Both servants are not satisfied with the whores supplied by Celestina and demand more from her, thus setting off a dramatic sequence of events.
Land and Freedom Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista). After being wounded he goes to Barcelona, where he decides to join another group of fighters. They remain in Barcelona and end up fighting other anti-fascist groups. David is disappointed and decides to go back to his old band.
Last Supper, The Photographed with a lush palette, this startlingly beutiful masterpiece is based on an incident from 18th-century Cuban history. The film is a dazzling moral tale of a pious slaveholder who decides to improve his soul and instruct his slaves in the glories of Christianity by inviting 12 of them to participate in a reenactment of the Last Supper.
Law of Desire Pablo and Tina have complicated sexual lives. Pablo writes and directs plays and films; he's gay and deeply in love with Juan, a young man who won't reply to Pablo's affection or letters. Pablo's sibling Tina is a transsexual, angry at men, raising Ada, and trying to make it as an actress. Pablo takes up with Antonio, a youth who becomes jealous of Pablo's love for Juan. Antonio seeks out Juan, and violence leads to Pablo's grief and a temporary loss of memory. When memory returns, he learns that Antonio has taken up with Tina. In horror, he hurries to Tina's rescue and must face Antonio and his desire.
Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, The Frida Kahlo was more than a great painter: her life and art reflected the maelstrom of revolution and culture that defined the first half of the twentieth century. She was at times a socialist, a communist, and a revolutionary. This program presents her life as a reflection of her cultural history, her art and the times in which she lived. The film combines her artwork with photographs, archival films and interviews.
Like Water for Chocolate Tita and Pedro are passionately in love. But their love is forbidden by an ancient family tradition. To be near Tita, Pedro marries her sister. And Tita, as the family cook, expresses her passion for Pedro through preparing delectable dishes. Now, in Tita's kitchen, ordinary spices become a recipe for passion. Her creations bring on tears of longing, heated desire, or chronic pain -- while Tita and Pedro wait for the moment to fulfill their most hidden pleasures!
Lions Den 'La Boca de Oro', The The Peruvian anti-terrorist army takes control of a far away and unknown small village isolated in the Andes by the terrorist militia 'Sendero Luminoso' (Shining Path), during the dirty war in Peru at 80's decade.
Little Ashes 1922. As Madrid wavers on the edge of social change, Salvador Dali is drawn into the decadent lifestyle of Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Buñuel. But as the three explore the art world together, a forbidden attraction develops which changes their lives forever.
Little Saints (Santitos) When St. Jude appears to her to tell her that her daughter is still alive, Esperanza goes on a search to find her daughter.
Looking for Fidel Oliver Stone's second documentary on/interview with Fidel Castro specifically addresses his country's recent crackdown on Cuban dissidents; namely, the execution of three men who hijacked a ferry to the United States.
Lope Focuses on the early career and first romantic relationships of Lope De Vega, the 16th century Spanish poet and playwright well-known for his romantic comedies written and performed in the Golden Age of theatre.
Lost King of the Maya In an ancient Mayan arena, enemies of King Yax Kuk Mo square off in a game that appears much like modern soccer. But in this contest, winners live and losers lose their heads. From 200 to 900 A.D., Blood Lords presided over the Maya city of Copan, conducting hallucinogenic vision quests, ritual warfare and human sacrifice. Join archaeologists and historians who are piecing together the fascinating rise and fall of this ancient city.
Lost Memories (Memorias Perdidas) A failed assassination attempt in Harbin, China in 1909 changes the course of history. Now two JBI agents must find the connections between it and an ancient Korean artifact.
Love and Other Demons 'Del Amor Y Otros Demonios-- Based on Gabriel García Márquez's novel, this is the unsettling story of 13-year-old noble Sierva and the dog bite that changes her life forever. Abandoned, displaced, in the midst of a sexual awakening and finally exorcised, Sierva finds an unlikely ally in a young priest and together they discover passion.
Lucia Narrated in three segments, each focused on a woman named Lucia, the film outlines the history of modern Cuba. The 1895 segment transpires in Havana's aristocracy against the backdrop of the Spanish-American war where Lucia compromises her family's support for Cuban independence when she falls in love with a Spanish gentleman. In the 1930s, an educated middle-class Lucia works in a factory while secretly engaged in a romance with an underground freedom fighter opposing the dictatorship of Gerardo Machado. In the 1960s, set in Castro's Cuba, an illiterate peasant girl named Lucia participates in the literacy drive aimed to spread education among the rural poor. Her self-emancipation is thwarted by her husband who, despite the revolution, remains bound by outdated notions of machismo.
Macario Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him to share his turkey, but he refuses all except Death. In return, Death gives him a bottle of water which will heal any illness. Soon, Macario is more wealthy than the village doctor, which draws the attention of the feared Inquisition.
Machuca Set in Chile, 1973, this is an astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story about a pair of 12-year-old boys from opposite extremes of society who form an unlikely friendship during the last days of President Allende and the first days of Pinochet. The potent events are accompanied by a searingly beautiful soundtrack with heart-stopping beats that propel the drama of the story.
Magic and Mystery: Peru (Peru Magia y Misterio) After nearly 5 years of filming, Aaron Paiva Leyton offers a complete collection of short documentaries that describe some of Peru's most historical and picturesque locations.
Malena A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys.
Man Facing Southeast, The (Hombre Mirando Al Sudeste) One patient from a psychiatric hospital claims to be an inhabitant of another planet. His psychiatrist initiates a treatment, but will generate a special symbiosis and the professional will begin to doubt their consolidated truths.
Man of La Mancha Adapting a literary masterpiece for film is a formidable challenge for directors and producers. But what if the classic work is a 17th century Spanish novel, Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha, being adapted for a modern English-speaking audience? And what if the filmmakers are adapting their script from a Broadway musical, Dale Wasserman's Man of La Mancha, loosely based on the original Cervantes work? The result, in the case of director Arthur Hiller's film about demented idealist Quixote, is an adventure into the bizarre.
Marcela Serrano: A New Voice Marcela Serrano's first novel won the Literary Prize in Santiago and her second book won the Sor Juana Ines de la cruz prize, awarded to the best Hispano-American novel written by a woman. In this program Marcela Serrano-clearly on the upward path to international renown-assesses the diverse concerns that have influenced her life and her work, including the elimination of apartheid and the importance of creating genuine and loving relationships.
Maria Full of Grace a bright, spirited 17-year old, lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia. Desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation, Maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroin-which she must swallow-to the United States. The ruthless world of international drug trafficking proves to be more than Maria bargained for as she becomes ultimately entangled with both drug cartels and immigration officials. The dramatic thriller builds toward a conclusion so powerful and revealing it could only be based on a thousand true stories
Marianela Marianela (Nela) is an orphan young girl living in a small village where she guides the blind young son of a rich country man. She is secretly in love with him, knowing that he loves her only because he can't see her ugly face. But one day a famous doctor appears and promises to operate him so he can see. His father is happy to know this way he will be able to marry his rich cousin while Nela gets desperate knowing his luck will turn into her disgrace when he finally see her face.
Mario Vargas Llosa: In Love With Peru The writings of Mario Vargas Llosa-penetrating studies of Peruvian life-demonstrate the author's lifelong commitment to social change. In this program, Vargas Llosa, winner of the Cervantes Prize and widely regarded as Peru's most interesting novelist, offers insights into his beloved homeland, his life abroad, his unsuccessful bid for the presidency, and other topics.
Maya: The Blood of Kings Witness the dark rituals of human mutilation as the Maya rulers draw their own blood to offer to the gods. This episode reveals Maya culture at its peak---while its cities matched the sophistication and power of those in Europe in AD 800, this civilization declined suddenly a century later---leaving behind questions and enigmas.
Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias Del Subdesarrollo) In 1961, in Cuba, the apolitical aspiring and frustrated writer Sergio Carmona Mendoyo stays in Cuba after the Revolution. He sees his wife Carla and his family and friends traveling to the United States but he decides to stay in his country. Sergio receives rental from his apartments and lives alone in a comfortable apartment. He witnesses the reduction of supplies, such as gas and oil for the cars, while recalls parts of his life. He recalls when he was a teenager and went to a brothel with his friend Pablo. He remembers his relationship with Hanna that was the woman that he really loved but let her go to New York without marrying her to run the furniture shop that his father had given to him. He also like to listen to the tape he has recorded with his wife Carla that was molded by him to fit his concept of perfect woman in his society. When Sergio meets the sixteen year-old aspirant actress Elena, he has a love affair with her but he concludes that she is not suitable to live with him since she does not grow or develop intellectually.
Mexico: A Bird's Eye View
Mexico: A Story of Courage and Conquest This deluxe 4-pack set chronicles the blood and battle, defeat and victory that has made up Mexico’s revolutionary history.
Mirror of Writers (Espejo de Escritores) An interview with Hispanic author Juan Rulfo
Miss Flower and her Two Husbands (Dona Flor & Her Two Husbands) In a small city of Brazil, a woman named Flor marries a man named Vadinho, but once married she finds that he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking and he takes all of her money to gamble. After Vadinho dies, Flor marries Tedoror, the owner of a drugstore. Flor is happy with her new husband but misses the love life with her previous husband. When one day the ghost of Vadhino comes back to peruse her.
Mission, The THE MISSION recounts the true story of two men--a man of the sword (Robert De Niro) and a man of the cloth (Jeremy Irons)--both Jesuit missionaries who defied the colonial forces of mighty Spain and Portugal to save an Indian tribe from slavery in mid-18th-century South America. Mendoza (De Niro) is a slave trader and colonial imperialist who murdered his own brother (Aidan Quinn) and seeks penance for his sins by becomining a missionary at Father Gabriel's (Irons) mountaintop mission. The Mission is a rich and thought-provoking. It contains moving images of despair, penance, and redemption that are among the most evocative ever filmed.
Modernismo (Fire & Ink, The legacy of Latin American Literature) Myth, magical realism, hard-edged realism, fantasy-the literature of Latin America encompasses all these forms, and more. This 13-part series guides viewers chronologically and thematically through the region's varied genres and narrative styles, linking them to centuries of warfare, colonization, and national struggles for independence and identity. Excerpts from influential works are plentiful, while detailed commentary is provided by an impressive array of scholars-including Eduardo Galeano, celebrated Uruguayan journalist; Sergio Pitol, Mexican writer and Cervantes Prize recipient; Doris Summer, professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard University; and Jose Rabasa, professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. An FFH& S/Tranquilo Production.
Motorcycle Diaries, The Based on a true life story, The Motorcycle Diaries is an inspiring and thrilling adventure that traces the youthful origins of a revolutionary spirit. The film follows two daring friends, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (Gael García Bernal, Y Tu Mama Tambien) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna), who hop on the back of a beat-up motorcycle for a breathtaking and exciting road trip across Latin America. From executive producer Robert Redford and acclaimed director Walter Salles (Central Station) comes a life-changing journey that critics are hailing as 'Magnificent!' (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
Music of Latin America Starting with the roots of Indian Music, with wind and percussion instruments, and proceding through the development of the string instruments, we explore the foundations of Latin music. We move from the Indian begining through more modern music with the influence of both Spanish and Portugese traditions. The music combines with dramatic Latin dance rhythms to create a truly unique musical form.
My Brother's Wife (La Mujer De Mi Hermano) In 1922, Madrid is wavering on the edge of change as traditional values are challenged by the dangerous new influences of Jazz, Freud and the avant-garde. Salvador Dali arrives at the university; 18 years old and determined to become a great artist. His bizarre blend of shyness and rampant exhibitionism attracts the attention of two of the university's social elite - Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunel. Salvador is absorbed into their youthfully decadent group and for a time Salvador, Luis and Federico become a formidable trio, the most ultra-modern group in Madrid. However as time passes, Salvador feels and increasingly strong pull towards the charismatic Federico - who is himself oblivious of the attentions he is getting from his beautiful writer friend, Magdalena. In the face of his friends' preoccupations - and Federico's growing renown as a poet - Luis sets off for Paris in search of his own artistic success. Federico and Salvador spend the holiday in the sea-side town
My Family Three-generational epic saga of the Sanchez family as told by the eldest son.
Myths, Rituals, and Aztec Customs A Striking documentary about Aztec civilization, history, traditions, and rituals—including human sacrifice.
Nafta: Working the Biggest Deal in History
Niebla Miguel de Unamuno The most widely-read work of modern Spanish fiction is here presented in a brilliant production which makes the unravelings of its absurdist plot clear and turns its existentialist probings into logical, everyday conversation. The film is ideal as either a companion to reading or-where time is lacking- as a substitute.
Night My Mother Killed My Father, The (La noche que mi madre mató a mi padre) An actress ready for anything to recover her former glory. A crazy night where all is possible.
North, The (El Norte) Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival
Nostalgia for the Light For his new film master director Patricio Guzmán, famed for his political documentaries (THE BATTLE OF CHILE, SALVADOR ALLENDE), travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. The Atacama is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, disappeared by the Chilean army after the military coup of September, 1973. So while astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, at the foot of the mountains, women, surviving relatives of the disappeared whose bodies were dumped here, search, even after twenty-five years, for the remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families histories. Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers and the earthly one of the women, NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey.
Now or Never (Ahora O Nunca) Eva and Alex have dated for three years and now they've decided to get married in the place where they fell in love, a tiny village in the English countryside. What Eva and Alex don't realize is that their wonderfully romantic idea is about to become a truly ludicrous hell after an air traffic controllers strike keeps the groom and his guests from joining the bride and her group. Luckily, the couple is spurred on by something that will push them to overcome all the obstacles that fate sets in their way. The biggest motivator in the world: their love. ...It's Now or Never
Octavio Paz: An Uncommon Poet Paz, dean of Latin American writers and intellectuals, reveals his thoughts on poets, poetry and language, discusses his career as a political observer and activist, and draws sharp distinctions between politics and poetry (and between politicians and poets).
Official Story, The This is one of those rare political films that transcend politics with a stirring emotional story. Argentinean first-time director Luis Puenzo tells the story of a strong-willed teacher who tries to learn the true identity of her adopted daughter's father, coming to suspect that he was a political prisoner. Her political awakening is actually an emotional one as well because of her detached persona. Ironically, even though she is a teacher, she doesn't connect with people very well, thinking of history in the most abstract terms. But she learns the painful truth of present-day life. Tautly directed by Puenzo, The Official Story was a 1985 Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Film, with a riveting performance by Norma Aleandro. --Bill Desowitz
Old Gringo/Geronimo (Two-Pack) Old Gringo-When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries. An aging American, Ambrose 'Old Gringo' Bierce also in Mexico, befriends Gen. Arroyo and meets Harriet. Bierce is a famous writer, who knowing that he is dying, wishes to keep his identity secret so he can determine his own fate. Though he likes Arroyo, Bierce tries to provoke the General's anger whenever possible in an attempt to get himself killed, thus avoiding suffering through his illness. Winslow is intrigued by both Bierce and Arroyo, and the men are in turn attracted to her. She becomes romantically involved with Arroyo. When Winslow learns of Bierce's true identity (a writer whose work she has loved and respected for years), she is singlemindedly determined to fulfill his dying wish. Geronimo- The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and necessary actions by the government, Geronimo and thirty or so other warriors form an attack team which humiliates the government by evading capture, while reclaiming what is rightfully theirs.
Open Your Eyes A once handsome playboy, César finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth.
Other Conquest, The It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. 'The Other Conquest' opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan [what is now called Mexico City].
Paper Dove (Paloma De Papel) Set in the Peruvian Andes during the chaotic 1980s, this tense drama follows a group of paramilitary guerillas trying to survive in the midst of a bloody civil war. It's the incredible (and incredibly frightening) coming-of-age story of a youngster named Juan (Antonio Callirgos) who struggles to survive poverty, corruption and violence when Shining Path guerrillas sweep through his town and forcibly recruit him into their ranks.
Paradise Travel & Paraiso Travel Love drives two young lovers from Medellin, Colombia to seek fortune in New York City, only to find a harsh reality that will put to test their true love for one another.
Pedro Paramo Juan Preciado, son of Pedro Páramo and Dolores Preciado, when his mother died, decides to fulfill the promise of going in search of his father to the town of Cómala and demand his own; When he arrives, he encounters an abandoned and mysterious town where voices and strange murmurs are heard.
Peru - Spirits of Amazon Deep in the Amazon jungle of Peru live people whose existence is intricately bound up with natural forces- the flow of the great river, the fruits of the earth and the spirits of the animals. Here, man and nature become one through mystical ceremonies. Activists Roxane Kremer who has dedicated her life to this land, embarks on a journey to seek out Shamans whose rituals summon the Amazon Spirits for healing and guidance, and whose unshakable beliefs are rooted in the distant past.
Platero and I(Platero y Yo) After a long period of absence, living in large and anonymous cities, a poet, Juan, returns to the village of his birth, Moguer, there he finds happiness through; the friendship of a small donkey, Platero, a free spirited girl, Aguedilla, and recalling memories of his childhood.
Poem of the Cid, The (El Cantar de Mio Cid) El Cid is unique among the world's great epics because it was composed so close to the actual historical events (a mere 40 years after the death of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, el Cid himself) that we can distinguish between man and legend. Meticulous attention to historical detail, spectacular cinematic production values, and the swashbuckling plot itself make this medieval epic superbly entertaining as well as
Portrait of a Lie (Retrato de Una Mentira) A hardhitting Mexican action-thriller about a spy who finds himself on the run after accidentally witnessing a crime involving high-level powerbrokers.
Pre-Columbian Literature he history and social structures of Latin America’s native peoples were neither simple nor peaceful before the arrival of Europeans. Wars were fought, empires were created and destroyed, and—as this program illustrates—narrative tapestries of fact and fiction were woven in the process. Underscoring the linguistic sophistication that flourished for thousands of years in the region, the program addresses the proliferation of Nahuatl and Quechua literature, the codices and quipu of Mayan and Incan societies, and other ancient forms of written and oral communication. Although mythical accounts—including the Popol Vuh, the Chilam Balam, the Apu Ollantay, and the Runa yndio—are analyzed on several levels, they are most notably linked with the agendas of pre-Columbian social hierarchies. An FFH& S/Tranquilo Coproduction.
Prophet, A In his labyrinthine portrait of a convict turned kingpin, Jacques Audiard (A Self Made Hero) combines the grittiness of HBO's Oz with the shifting loyalties of a Leone western. After assaulting a cop, Malik (riveting newcomer Tahar Rahim) earns a six-year prison bid. Though illiterate, the 19-year-old speaks French and Arabic. Instead of congregating with the Muslim inmates, he keeps to himself, providing a perfect target for Mob boss César (Niels Arestrup of Audiard's The Beat That My Heart Skipped), who makes him a Godfather-like offer he can't refuse: kill Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi), an Arab set to testify against the Corsicans, or meet his maker. Malik decides he would prefer to live (in a surrealistic touch, Reyeb's ghost will haunt him for the rest of the film). In return, Luciani offers him protection but stops short of treating him like an equal. When Malik isn't serving coffee and making deliveries, he studies French and Corsu. With what he learns from the mobsters, he befriends two other loners, Ryad (Adel Bencherif) and Jordi the Gypsy (Reda Kateb), and starts a drug-smuggling operation. The years pass, and Malik takes advantage of his parole leaves to work both sides of the fence, and when the authorities transfer César's crew to a different facility, the balance of power shifts from the aging master to the model student. At 149 minutes, A Prophet feels more like a miniseries than a movie, but there are no dead spots, no wasted moments, resulting in Audiard's most fully realized vision to date.
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico- The Spanish translation of 'rich port.' Along this exciting video journey, you will discover the rich history and culture on which this popular destination was founded. Explore historic landmarks including ramparts of famed Caribbean island fortresses and the home of Ponce de Leon in Old San Juan. Discover natural beauty from the breathtaking Rio Camuy caverns in the islands interior, to sunny beaches along the southern coast. Enjoy the awe-inspiring foliage and the atmosphere of the El Yunque Rain Forest.
Return (Volver) Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells her mother that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda hides his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula has died. The next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of her car...
Rites of the Day of the Dead Since pre-columbian times, many Mexican towns worshipped death through fascinating rituals. Every November the people prepare themselves to receive their dead relatives. Experience these ancestral rituals immersed in a mystic atmosphere.
Rivera: Portrait Actor Michael Moriarity (Bang the Drum Slowly, The Last Detail), narrates this stirring portrait of the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. This flamboyant and controversial painter was the leader of the Mexican mural renaissance of the 1920's and 30's. Vividly exploring Rivera's evolution as an artist, his spectacular series of murals, and his explosive political beliefs, this stunning documentary reveals one of the true geniuses of the twentieth century.
Roots of Rhythm Latin Music has always been a fixture in American popular culture, but its history reflects centuries of change and complexity from diverse sources. Roots of Rhythm, an incredible three-hour film originally shown on PBS in 1997, traces the development of this exciting musical genre, going back 500 years across three continents. Hosted by the famed Caribbean American entertainer Harry Belafonte, the film begins in West Africa, in the villages that ring with the ancestral anthems of sacred Yoruba beats and bata drums. The focus shifts to Spain, where modern-day troubadours sing their haunting, Moorish-tinged ballads and Gypsies dance their heated flamenco dances. Those musical influences are brought together by the transatlantic slave trade in the island of Cuba, where enslaved Africans and Spanish immigrants mixed and melded each others' music into a myriad of new, hybrid creations like the rumba, tumba francesa, danzon, and mambo. Belafonte quotes a poet who said, 'Cuban music is a love affair between the African drum and the Spanish guitar.'In America, this love affair bloomed in New York, where Cuban and African American jazz musicians like Machito, Mario Bauza, and Dizzy Gillespie melded mambo rhythms to bebop, creating Latin jazz. Belafonte then brings us to the dazzling timbales master Tito Puente and vocalist Celia Cruz, who reigned as the king and queen of salsa, the stateside version of Cuban dance music that emerged in the '60s. The film offers revealing interviews and music clips with many Latin music stars, including Gloria Estefan of Miami Sound Machine and Panamanian Rubén Blades. The rare archival footage features Dizzy Gillespie's 1948 number 'Manteca,' bandleader Xavier Cugat's 'Gypsy Mambo,' and a cartoon clip of Donald Duck doing 'Tico Tico.' After watching this engaging and encyclopedic film, you'll never dance to Latin music the same way again.
Rose Seller, The (La Vendedora De Rosas) A band of street urchins have great hopes as Christmas eve is getting close. Will they spend it among pals? Or with their suitors? Will they have enough dough to scare up their own party? Will they be wearing new clothes that night? All these expectancies, which won't materialize in the end, are to bring about a somewhat nefarious ending: loneliness, despondency, drugs and death. Hidden face of a cruel, intense latinamerican city.
Rough and Corny(Rudo Y Cursi) When a talent scout gets stranded in their tiny town, brothers Beto (Diego Luna; Milk, The Terminal) and Tato (Gael García Bernal; Bad Education, Babel) are discovered and whisked away to Mexico City to play for the big leagues where they quickly achieve fame. Beto is nicknamed “Rudo” for his hotheaded goalkeeper style and Tato is called “Cursi” for his peculiar scoring technique. But success leads to excess as Rudo descends into gambling debt and drug abuse and Cursi is distracted by beautiful women and a second career as a pop singer. Having come so far, will the siblings remember their original goal: building a home for their mother?
Secret in Their Eyes, The Recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin (Ricardo Darin), decides to write a novel based on a twenty-five year old unresolved rape and murder case, which still haunts him. Sharing his plans with Irene (Soledad Villamil), the beautiful judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years, Benjamin’s initial involvement with the case is shown through flashbacks, as he sets out to identify the murderer. But Benjamin’s search for the truth will put him at the center of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, testing the limits of a man seeking justice and personal fulfillment at last.
Secrets of the Heart Secrets Of The Heart is a poignant tale of the mysterious and magical adult world as seen through the eyes of Javi, a nine-year-old child, growing up in a small provincial town in the 1960s.
Secrets of Lost Empires Inca (NOVA) Uncover the secrets of ancient civilizations as NOVA journeys to an archaeological site where teams of experts use traditional techniques to test their hypotheses. Explore the magnificent mountainside citadels, and marvel as villagers create a 150-foot suspension bridge using nothing but grass.
Segovia at Los Olivos Legendary classical guitarist Andres Segovia performs three complete pieces and some excerpts of his exquisite music against a montage of the Spanish countryside in the late '60s. This documentary also includes a number of interviews with Segovia at his home and in some villages of his native homeland. This video is part insight through interviews, part performance, and part story. Classical music aficionados will appreciate this documentary about this talented man, his music, and his times.
Selena The nuts and bolts of the irresistibly danceable music called Tejano are pop, rock, polka, R& B and Latin influences. To millions of fans there's another vital ingredient: the dynamic singer Selena. Vibrant and tuneful, Selena is the story of the Grammy Award-winning South Texas singer whose life tragically ended just as she was taking Tejano where it had never gone-into mainstream America. Pulsating with Selena's voice on the soundtrack and made with the participation of her family, the film brims with authenticity. It excitingly recreates the early life of a little girl who dreamed big, hit the road in the band bus named Big Bertha and whose concerts became electrifying events.
Soldiers of Salamis (Soldados De Salamina) A woman uncovers some unsettling truths about her country and its history in this drama from Spain. Lola (Ariadna Gil) is a writer who feels creatively stifled and hasn't been able to work out a new idea in months. Looking for something to clear her creative block, She takes an assignment to write a piece about Rafael Sanchez Mazas (Ramon Fontsere), a writer who sided with the fascists during the Spanish Civil War. While legend has it Mazas was killed by Republican troops, the truth is he was given protection and shelter by Friends of the Forest, a group of men who lived in the woods. As Lola tries to search out Joaquim Figueras, one of the last surviving Friends of the Forest, she discovers a soldier who captured Mazas and was prepared to shoot him, but opted to let him go at the last moment. As Lola's writer's block dissolves, she digs deeper in search of the truth about this elusive man and his mysterious actions during the war. Soldados de Salamina was based on a true story and the real-life Joaquim Figueras appears in the film, along with several other people who took part in the shelter and capture of Mazas.
South, The (El Sur) his film tells the story of a little girl (Sonsoles Aranguren) living somewhere in the north of Spain and fascinated by the secrets of the south seemingly buried in the traits of her father (Omero Antonutti). In her childhood, Estrella's father is a mysterious world. Growing up, she finds out that he once had a sweetheart (Aurore Clément), and that he is still in love with her.
Spain & The Americas (Espana y las Americas)
Spain:Everything Under the Sun Come with us to sunny Spain, land of bullfights, flamenco, and 2,000 years of history. Begin in Madrid's Royal Palace and see paintings of Velazquez and El Greco, then go on to the Prado for Goya. Stroll through the eldest part of the city, to the Plaza Mayor and the restaurant Botin, where Hemingway dined. Take an excursion to Avila the walled 11th century home of Saint Teresa. Continue on to the Alcazar at Segovia; Toledo and the famed Cathedral; Cordova and its gypsy caves. Savor the exotic flavor of Granada, Center of Moorish Spain, and pause in the Alhambra, where nightingales sing in the gardens. Soak up sun along the Costa del Sol and then completed your tour Barcelona, Spain's second city.
Spanish Movie A spoof of contemporary Spanish movies.
Spirit of the Beehive, The (El Espíritu de la colmena) In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 'Frankenstein' for the village. The youngster is profoundly disturbed by the scenes in which the monster murders the little girl and is later killed himself by the villagers. She questions her sister about the profundities of life and death and believes her older sibling when she tells her that the monster is not dead, but exists as a spirit inhabiting a nearby barn. When a Loyalist soldier, a fugitive from Franco's victorious army, hides out in the barn, Ana crosses from reality into a fantasy world of her own.
Stand and Deliver Los Angeles school teacher Jaime Escalante leads a street punk and his classmates into calculas.
Strawberry & Chocolate - - Subtitled in English Meet David -- a naive young college kid who's out on his own for the very first time. With the help of two extraordinary new friends, David soon learns everything there is to know about the things that aren't taught in school! Diego is the writer who teaches him about the passion of life ... and Nancy is the woman who teaches him about the passion of love!
Tear this Heart Out (Arrancame La Vida) The film portrays the story of a woman who dared to break the mold of her time. Catalina is a woman from Puebla who marries Andr's Ascencio, a sympathetic and powerful, as a way out of her little world and expecting to live great experiences. She soon discovers that her life have been chained to Andr's, and she lost her freedom. Catalina will rediscover love with Carlos Vives, a young man who is the antithesis of Andr's.
Temp Built around the landmark 1954 legal case Hernandez v. Texas, the film interweaves the stories of its central characters with a broader story of the civil rights movement. It also brings to life the heroic post-World War II struggle of Mexican Americans fighting to dismantle the discrimination targeted against them.
The Alley Of The Miracles (El Callejon de los Milagros) Program 1: The Virgin and the Bull. Carlos Fuentes examines the meaning of mestizaje, the mix of people that created Latin America: Spanish, Arab, Jewish, Indian and African.Program 2: The Conflict of the Gods. Fuentes retraces the indigenous world through its pyramids and sculptures. The return of their blond, exiled god, Quetzalcoatl, was forecast for the very year Cortes reached its shores.Program 3: The Age of Gold. The colonies brought Spain (and ultimately Europe ) enormous treasures: gold, silver, chocolate, tomatoes, the potato. Yet Spain's most powerful ruler, Philip II, lived in austere solitude in a cell-like study.Program 4: The Price of Freedom. Every year a million Mexicans gather in the great central square of their capital to celebrate El Grito, the cry for Independence . Fuentes crosses the Andes to follow the steps of the great liberators, Bolívar and San Martin.Program 5: Unfinished Business. Spain, Latin America and the Hispanic communities in the United States all have undergone enormous changes. Fuentes comments on the traditions which Hispanic immigrants bring to the US in art, music and dance, respect for family ties distinct hallmarks of the Spanish-speaking world.
There Be Dragons When journalist Robert Torres (Scott) is assigned to write a book about Josemar¡a Escriv (Charlie Cox), the controversial founder of Opus Dei, he hopes it will bring him closer to his father (Wes Bentley), Escriv 's chilhood friend. As Torres uncovers more about his father's past, he learns dark secrets that will change his world forever.
My Land, Nicaragua(Tierra Mia, Nicaragua)
Time Between Seams, The (El Tiempo Entre Costuras) Sira Quiroga is a young Spanish dressmaker engaged to a solid suitor when a suave typewriter salesman upends her life. Spain is being upended by a civil war and the new regime's growing alliances with Nazi Germany. Sira, smart, gutsy and resourceful with a Scarlett O'Hara-like ability to whip up designer duds on a moment's notice, Sira has spunk. Sira gains and loses a small fortune, is dumped by her cad of a lover in Morocco, runs guns to get the cash to start her life anew and becomes couturier to the Nazi wives stationed in Madrid. Urged on by her friend, the real-life British spy Rosalinda Fox, Sira, too, aids the British cause.
Track of the Ants A cutiing-edge film from one Latin America's most innovative filmmakers, the subject of Rafael Marziano-Tinocos The Track of the Ants is a sprawling tropical metropolis of Caracas, Venezuela. Suspended between dream and reality, past and present, nature and civilization, The Track of the Ants creates a city symphony with a Latin beat in a high personal film- part diary, part analysis, part fantasy.
Trickster of Seville, The (Burlador de Sevilla, El) A superb production of Tirso’s most famous work, the play that introduced the theme of Don Juan into European literature. An RTVE Production.
Truman Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián's faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián's complicated situation.
U.S. in Latin America turns a critical eye toward three recent incidents the invasions of Grenada and Panama and the occupation of Haiti. Respectively, they were ordered by Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. In each case, the actions were justified as protecting American interests but were we ever really threatened, or were these incidents simply an example of America beating up on its neighbors? Extensive footage shows American forces in action, and foreign policy experts examine the stated goals and results of each episode.
Unamuno and His Salamanca
Under The Same Moon In her feature film debut; director Patricia Riggen weaves their parallel stories into a vividly textured tapestry of yearning and devotion that portrays a child's courage and tenacity; and a mother's sacrifice. Nine-year-old Carlos aka Carlitos (Alonso) is one of the countless children left behind by parents who come to the U.S. seeking a way to provide for their families. His mother; Rosario (del Castillo) has worked illegally as a domestic in Los Angeles for four years; sending money home to her son and mother to give them a chance at a better life. When the death of his grandmother leaves young Carlitos alone; he takes his fate into his own hands and heads north across the border to find his mother. As he journeys from his rural Mexican village to the L.A. barrio; Carlitos faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles with a steely determination and unfettered optimism that earn him the grudging respect and affection of a reluctant protector; a middle-aged migrant worker named Enrique (Derbez). The unlikely pair finds its way from Tucson to East L.A.; but the only clue Carlitos has to his mother's whereabouts is her description of the street corner from which she has called him each Sunday for the last four years. Unaware that Rosario is only hours away from returning to Mexico to be with her son; Carlitos and Enrique desperately comb the vast unfamiliar city for a place he has seen only in his imagination.
Urban Latino TV: Lifestyle From the award-winning producers of Urban Latino TV and Urban Latino magazine comes this groundbreaking look at the unique culture from the U.S. that means growing up bi-cultural and living in two worlds, a special kind of diversity that has defined a powerful movement and lifestyle. Take a look at what Urban Latinos are driving, from the classic lowriders to today's hottest hooked-up cars and trucks. Go inside Latino barbershop culture and the many varied styles of Urban Latino fashion, then delve into the world of 'Spanglish' (mixing English with Spanish), hear from some incredibly talented Latino artists, and get moving to the beat of the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira and Latin percussion. Urban Latino: the culture the movement the lifestyle. Contains ten episodes: Urban Car Culture; Urban Cuts; Estilo; Spanglish; Creating a Voice; Urban Art; Rhythm and Culture; Tropical Rhythms; Latin Flavors; Bodegas
Urban Latino TV: The Culture Urban Latino TV culture is everywhere! Join the award-winning producers of Urban Latino TV, AIM Tell-a-Vision, and Maximás Productions as they take you on a journey across America in search of authentic Latino culture. In 'Barrios,' we take a tour of some historic Latin neighborhoods all over the U.S., while 'Sitios' tours genuine Latin hot spots. In 'Latin Food,' see where you can taste some of the best authentic Latin food in the world, while 'Latin Culture 101' gives the basics of U.S. Latin culture from Day of the Dead mask-making to a funny look at that Latin staple, the neighborhood bodega.
Veronico Cruz A rural teacher in Jujuy, establishes a friendly relationship with the inhabitants of Chorcán , a small Andean village . Circumstances in EEE Outbreak of War of the Malvinas and one of his students , Verónico Cruz , is called for a Fight , running a Join the crew of the ARA General Belgrano , sunk on May 2, 1982 .
Violin, The In an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape, and murder. Soldiers descend on a town, cutting off the rebels from their cache of ammunition hidden in a field. A family of grandfather, son, and grandson are among the rebels in the hills. The grandfather, with his violin over his shoulder, tries to pass the checkpoint, ostensibly to tend his corn crop. The commanding officer lets him pass but insists on a daily music lesson. Can the old man ferry out the ammunition in his violin case under the soldiers' nose?
Viridiana Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, Luis Bunuel's hilarious vision of life as a beggar's banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it, the young novice Viridiana does her utmost to maintain her Catholic principles, but her lecherous uncle and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, this anticlerical free-for-all is as shocking today as ever.
Viva Spain (Espana Viva) Programs 1-4 Fifteen 25-minute programs filmed by the BBC on location in Spain. A self-contained, first-year Spanish course with contemporary and informative language lessons, using documentary sequences and everyday situations to introduce the student to spoken Spanish and the culture of Spain.
Viva Spain (Espana Viva) Programs 13-15 Fifteen 25-minute programs filmed by the BBC on location in Spain. A self-contained, first-year Spanish course with contemporary and informative language lessons, using documentary sequences and everyday situations to introduce the student to spoken Spanish and the culture of Spain.
Viva Spain (Espana Viva) Programs 5-8 Fifteen 25-minute programs filmed by the BBC on location in Spain. A self-contained, first-year Spanish course with contemporary and informative language lessons, using documentary sequences and everyday situations to introduce the student to spoken Spanish and the culture of Spain.
Viva Spain (Espana Viva) Programs 9-12 Fifteen 25-minute programs filmed by the BBC on location in Spain. A self-contained, first-year Spanish course with contemporary and informative language lessons, using documentary sequences and everyday situations to introduce the student to spoken Spanish and the culture of Spain.
We're All Stars A Wonderful Latin American comedy. At the Center of various members of the Huambachano family who share a dream: to win fortune and fame on the television game show, We're All Stars. Luck strikes when the popular host of the show knocks on their door and invites them to appear as 'family of the week.' The only catch is, the television studio is looking for the perfect family, and the Huambachanos are forced to cover up the family divorce. What follows is a comedy of errors fueled by the family's struggle for a better life: one child invites his mother's friend to pose as their father; the oldest son, however, wants his real father, now married to somebody else, to join them on the show. A light comedy with a touch of satire, We're All Stars hooks its audience with action and the universal inner-workings of family.
When Worlds Collide When Worlds Collide is a highly imaginative exploration of one of the most intriguing epochs in human history: when the Old World first encountered the New World. Travel from Granada in Spain to Machu Picchu in Peru; and from Mexico to Madrid in Spain. When Worlds Collide explores how the collision of these two sophisticated but different worlds led to the birth of an entirely new Latino culture.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván, she confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she is. Meanwhile; Candela, her friend, is afraid the police might be looking for her because of her ex-boyfriend, a muslim terrorist, and his criminal activities. As the plot develops, it is revealed that everyone's lives are more intertwined than they could have ever expected.
Writer's Mirror, The (Espejo de Escritores)
Young and the Damned, The (Los Olividados) A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others...