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Videotape Special Collection

CLACS Produced Videos

All programs are in color DVD format and may be purchased for $35 each. Other formats and standards available upon request. Tapes may also be rented (two week loan period).

El futuro Maya: voces del presente (voices of the present)
Over 60% of the Guatemalan population identify themselves as ethnically Maya, speaking twenty-one different Maya languages. Recognizing such diversity, the Maya Movement is an effort by indigenous peoples to revitalize aspects of their linguistic, religious, artistic, and material culture. Within a simple structure of questions, Maya from different language groups, different ages and genders, different walks of life, provide perspectives on their culture. The video lays no other interpretation on the extensive interviews; the individuals' own words speak for themselves about Maya ethnicity and about their vision for the future. 1998 (with English subtitles 45:42; Spanish 45:42)

Level: high school-college

La Promesa
Each December, on the outskirts of Havana, thousands of Cubans participate in a syncretic pilgrimage to San Lázaro, also know as the African orisha, Babalu Aye, a wandering god of outcasts and the poor. The pilgrimage is set within the context of Cuba's uncertain future. An independent production by Julio Ramos, University of California at Berkeley. 1995 Award of Merit, Latin American Studies Association; 1995 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. 1995 (Spanish with English subtitles 26:21)

Level: high school-college

Recuerdos de mi barrio: Spontaneous Settlements in Cali, Colombia (Asentamientos espontaneos en Cali, Colombia)
The district of Aguablanca in Cali, Colombia began as an invasion of marginal, floodplain lands. Today the district houses fully one-fourth the population of the city of Cali. Using video footage, archival photographs, and interviews with community members, the program explores the development of low cost housing and the creation of community in the Aguablanca neighborhood of El Vergel. 1994 Award of Merit, Latin American Studies Association. 1993 (English 40:30; Spanish 48:43)

Level: high school-college

Canudos Revisited/Canudos, de Novo
This is an original program that offers a new interpretation of the late nineteenth-century Canudos war in Brazil as well as a look at the contemporary Bahian community of Nova Canudos. The video features archival photographs, never before published, and outstanding modern visuals of rural Brazil. Written by Robert M. Levine. 1990 (English 22:15; Portuguese 29:54)

Level: high school-college

Sixteenth Century Perceptions of Latin America: Civil or Savage?
This program focuses on European contact with the indigenous people of the Americas, and the early images carried back to Europe which were perpetuated and often stereotyped through map decoration, engravings and paintings. 1988 (27:00)

Level: high school-college

Lighting the Ancient Past:
Exploration of the Maya Caves

A slides-on-video presentation about the caves, the artifacts found within, and the use and meaning of the caves within the Maya civilization. 1987 (16:50)

Level: middle school-high school-college

Harvesting New Songs:
A Four Part Introduction to the Music of Latin America

A series of studio demonstrations and explanations of the music of Brazil, the Andes, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and Venezuela & Colombia, featuring the folkloric group Sotavento. 1986 (16:00 each)

Level: middle school-high school-college

Spiritism/Religion in Brazil series

Jose Carlos and his Spirits: The Ritual Initiation of a Zelador dos Orixás in a Brazilian Umbanda Center
Umbanda is a syncretic religion, combining elements of Catholicism, African religions and spiritism. This is a moment-by-moment documentary detailing an Umbanda ceremony, as a young man is initiated to become the head of an Umbanda center. 1989 (84:19).

Level: high school-college

Spiritist Healing in Brazil
A look at spiritist healing featuring three individual operations (without anesthesia) performed by the spirit of Dr. Fritz. The program includes an introduction by Professor Sidney Greenfield, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 1986 (31:30)

Level: college

The Return of Dr. Fritz
A further look at spiritist healing in Brazil. Dr. Adolph Fritz, a German physician, died sometime during WWI, but his spirit continues to treat patients every Wednesday, in possession of the body of Dr. Edson Queiroz, a Spiritist medium from Recife. 1989 (62:00)

Level: college

A Brazilian Pilgrimage: The Festa de São Francisco in Canindé
This documentary, filmed on site, looks at a day in the lives of pilgrims at the yearly festival of Såo Francisco in Northeast Brazil. Rituals are examined and illustrated with interviews. Two versions of this program are available: with an introduction by Professor Sidney Greenfield, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (56:34); and without introduction, focusing on visuals (28:30). Portuguese interviews with English translation provided. 1987

Level: high school-college

Nicaragua series

Five Months That Changed A Nation
A documentary on the Nicaraguan literacy campaign which reduced illiteracy from over 50% of the population to less than 13%. Filmed in Nicaragua, it includes interviews with members of the ruling junta. The tape was awarded the 1983 silver medal in the prestigious International Film and TV Festival of New York, and the Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies' 1983 Hubert B. Herring Award for Best Film or Videotape. 1982 (60:10)

Level: high school-college

And Also Teach Them to Read
This program examines illiteracy as an effect of underdevelopment. It outlines both the historical relationship between Nicaragua and the United States, and the literacy campaign as a tool in the revolution's effort to overcome the nation's inequalities of wealth and culture. 1982 (58:46)

Level: high school-college

Nicaragua 1982
A documentary showing Nicaraguan daily life, without narration. 1982 (31:00)

Level: high school-college

Cuba series

Cuban Encounter
A group of American students touring in Cuba and their reaction to this cross-cultural experience are taped for this program. 1980 (58:50)

Level: high school-college

Cuban Exodus 1980
A program dealing with the wave of Cuban refugees from the Mariel boatlift and particularly the media coverage of the Cuban immigration. In 1982 this tape received the Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies Hubert B. Herring award for best video documentary. 1980 (58:30)

Level: high school-college

Interviews

Reclamando Patria: Entrevista con Lolita Lebron
An interview with one of the leaders of the Puerto Rican nationalist movement. Bilingual. 1979 (28:00)

Level: high school-college

Reclamando Patria: Entrevista con Oscar Collazo, Rafael Cancel Miranda e Irvin Flores
An interview with three leaders of the Puerto Rican nationalist movement. Bilingual. 1979 (30:00)

Level: high school-college

Entrevista con Juanita Castro
Fidel Castro's sister, living in Miami, discusses her reactions to present day Cuba. Bilingual. 1979 (30:00)

Level: high school-college


VIDEOTAPE SPECIAL COLLECTION
Price specified above with each title.

Purchase order or check with order are both accepted. If the latter, please make check payable to: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(Wisconsin residents add 5.6% sales tax)

For further information or to order videos please contact:
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
phone (414) 229-4401
fax (414) 229-2879
clacs@uwm.edu