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Old Dominion University's Latin American Studies Program Film Series, titled "Culture, History, Politics and Social Change," continues Tuesday, Oct. 26.

The films are free and open to the general public.

Viewing is on scheduled Tuesdays beginning at 7:10 p.m. in Constant Hall Room 1048. Reserve seating. More information is available by e-mail to Angélica Huízar at ahuizar@odu.edu.

Oct. 26
"The Legacy of the Mexican Revolution" (1994, 30 minutes, color)
This program provides an overview of the Mexican Revolution and traces its human legacy through the Mexican population in San Antonio, Texas.


"Corridos de la Revolución Mexicana" (In Spanish. 56 minutes, color)
In this spirited program, one of Mexico's most beloved actors, Ignacio López Tarso, tells in song of the struggles and triumphs of the Mexican Revolution.

Nov. 2
"Jose Marti and Cuba Libre" (1998, 55 minutes, color)
If a single individual may be said to have embodied the development of the Cuban secessionist movement, that person was surely José Martí. Set within the context of the turbulent relations between Cuba, Spain, and the U.S.A., this program spotlights Martí-a striking orator, sagacious propagandist, and inspiring leader-and the movement that he founded, Cuba Libre.

Nov. 9
"Argentina: An Economic Work in Progress" (2000, 19 minutes, color)
By the end of the 1980s, Argentina was caught in a perilous vortex of hyperinflation. In this program, the former Minister of the Economy, the former Secretary of the Treasury, bank president Eduardo Escasany, economist Martin Redrado, and others discuss the measures taken at that time to stabilize the economy, including establishing a currency board, deregulating and privatizing key industries, reforming the labor market, and asking the IMF for a loan of $3.4 billion.


"Fidel Castro: Big Man, Small Island" (2000, 54 minutes, color)
The son of a scarcely educated farmer, Fidel Castro fought the United States, brought the planet to the brink of nuclear war, and has survived into old age in a society he turned upside down. This documentary presents the remarkable biography of Cuba's leader, from his law school days as a young political activist through his standoff with President Kennedy over the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis up to the present day.

Nov. 16
"Chile: 'Defeat of a Dictator'" (2000, 34 minutes, color)
Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power in a 1973 military coup. He banned political parties, closed newspapers, and spread fear throughout the country; political assassinations, disappearances, torture, and imprisonment became common. In 1983, an economic crisis pushed many Chileans to dare oppose the dictatorship for the first time. Copper miners called for a nonviolent national protest day against Pinochet, unleashing pent-up opposition in a wave of monthly protests.


"Colombia's Guerrilla War: A Sundered Nation" (1999, 53 minutes, color)
In Colombia, government and paramilitary forces are terrorizing the populace to deprive the FARC and NLF guerrillas of civil support. But far from stamping out the war, this policy has led to an escalation that threatens to destroy the country. This program combines newsreel and documentary footage of life and death in Colombia's rural districts, cities, and guerrilla camps with interviews to explore the roots and the results of the 20th century's longest guerrilla war.

Nov. 23
"Che Guevara: A Guerrilla to the End" (1999, 51 minutes, color)
Ernesto "Che" Guevara was both a romantic and a rebel, honored by many for his commitment to liberation yet vilified by others as a rogue. This compelling program traces the life of a man whose idealism and determination gripped the imagination of an era.


"School Assassins" (1994, 19 minutes, color)
This Academy Award-winning documentary looks at a United States institution that trains Latin American military officers. Few Americans have heard of the school-the U.S. Army School of the Americas-nor are they aware that some of its graduates have gone on to become dictators and violators of human rights in their home countries.

Nov. 30
"NAFTA and the New Economic Frontier: Life Along the US/Mexico Border" (2001, 23 min.)
In this program, ABC News correspondent Judy Muller reports on the quality of life along the international border between El Paso and Juárez since the implementation of NAFTA. Apart from business opportunities for Americans, employment for Mexicans, and low-priced goods for both the U.S. and Mexico, the downside of NAFTA is becoming all too apparent: worsening living conditions in Juárez and increasing levels of air and water pollution on both sides of the border.

Dec. 7
"Hispanic Americans: The Second Generation" (1995, 44 minutes, color)
Hosted by actor Jimmy Smits, this program examines how second-generation Hispanics are adapting to American society, and how they are maintaining their Latino roots while assimilating into the American cultural mainstream. A variety of famous and everyday Hispanic Americans are interviewed, including pop film director Richard Rodriquez.

This article was posted on: October 18, 2004

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