Women's Studies

Documentary films

1420: ley de educación / Education bill. INCAA, LAVA, 2003. VHS. Story of the women who were recruited by Sarmiento from Boston in the 19 th century to train Argentine teachers.

Alto riesgo : el papel de las parteras o comadronas en las zonas rurales de América Latina . Instituto Mexicana para el Desarrollo Comunitario, 1996. VHS. Role of midwives in Honduras.

Amor, mujeres y flores / Love, women, and flowers . Women Make Movies, 1988. VHS. Effects of the use of pesticides in Colombia’s flower growing industry.

Angélica Gorodischer . Blakman Video no Convencional S.A. VHS. Interview with the author.

Aportaciones de los pueblos indígenas a una cultura de paz: Rigoberta Menchú Tum en la Universidad de Colima . Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Universidad de Colima,1996. VHS. Speech presented on April 26, 1996.

Blossoms of fire / Ramo de fuego . Ellen Osborne, Maureen Gosling. Intrépidas Productions, 2000. VHS. Follows lives of five Zapotec women.

Bolivia : coca, food for the poor . Carmen Sarmiento. Video Spots and Associates, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997. VHS. Women of Latin America series, discusses the influence of cocaine on the lives of impoverished Bolivian women.

Brazil: priestesses, samba dancers, and mulattos of Brazil . Carmen Sarmiento. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1992, 2003. DVD. Examines life in Brazil through the eyes of its women.

Campesinas: semillas de cambio.  Entrepueblos, 2007.  DVD.  Shows the work of several organizations of women farmers who are trying to generate changes in communities in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Carmen Miranda: bananas is my business . Helena Solbert. International Cinema, PBS, Channel 4 Television, National Latino Communications Center, 1996. VHS. Biography of the Brazilian actress.

Chicana . Sylvia Morales. Women Make Movies, 1990. VHS. Traces role of Mexican/Chicana women from pre-Columbian times to the present.

Chile : the drama of hope . Carmen Sarmiento. Video Spots and Associates, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1992, 1997. VHS. Women of Latin America series, lives of women in Chile during the Pinochet regime.

City of dreams: the disappearing women of Juárez . Bruno Sorrentino, Gianfranco Norelli. BBC, Filmakers Library, 2001. VHS. Explores reasons for the murders of young women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Compañeras . Grupo Alavío, 2006? DVD. Honors the working women of Argentina.

Las compañeras tienen grado . EZLN, LAVA, 1995, 1998. VHS. Interviews with Zapatista women in Chiapas in 1994.

Cuba: the children of Fidel . Carmen Sarmiento. Video Spot and Associates, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. Women of Latin America series, lives of women in Castro’s Cuba.

Cuba 15 . Elizabeth Schub. Sueño Azul Productions, 1997. VHS. Describes the Cuban quinceañera ceremony for young women.

La cueca sola . Marilú Mallet. National Film Board of Canada, Women Make Movies, 2003. VHS. Chilean women’s experiences under the Pinochet dictatorship.

Discovering Dominga . Patricia Flynn, Mary Jo McConahay. Jaguar House Films, Independent Television Service, KQED-TV, University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, 2002. VHS. Woman, survivor as a child of a Guatemalan massacre, returns as advocate for other survivors.

Dominicans . Carmen Sarmiento. Video Spots and Associates, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1992, 1997. VHS. Women of Latin America series, lives of women in the Dominican Republic.

Las dos Fridas . Rodrigo Cataño. XEIPN Canal Once, 2003. DVD. Biography of Frida Kahlo.

Ecuador : the Indian women . Carmen Sarmiento. Video Spots and Associates, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1992, 1997. VHS. Women of Latin America series, women’s lives in Ecuador.

Forging peace in Guatemala . Gayla Jamison. Lightfoot Films, Inc., Catholic Communication Campaign, Filmes for the Humanities & Sciences, 2002. VHS. Presents portraits of three Mayan women and their efforts towards restoring peace after a 36-year civil war in Guatemala.

Foro de Gobernabil idad y Desarrollo Humano Sostenible: 2, 3 y 4 de septiembre de 1998, Ciudad de Puebla . 1998. VHS. Footage of presentations at the Foro, including “El reto de los gobiernos de los estados para el desarrollo sostenible,” “Los elementos fundamentales de los procesos de transición en América Latina,” and “La participación de la mujer para el cambio político y social en México,” among others.

Guatemala silenced . Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997. VHS. Women of Latin America series, life in Guatemala through the eyes of its women.

Homosexualidad: un tabú que se derrumba. Mujeres a debate: momimiento femenista . TV UNAM, 1996. VHS. Two television documentaries, first explores what it means to be homosexual in Mexico and the second examines the women’s rights movement in Mexico.

Inner force / Fuerza de siglos: documental sobre mujeres centroamericanas . Interamerican Institute for Human Rights, 1994. VHS. Central American women cope with the problems of war and the financial crisis of the 1980s.

Iawo: initiation in a Gege-Nago temple . Moses Kondler, Geraldo Sarno. Cinema Guild, Latin American Film Project, 198?. VHS. Initiation of new priestesses of the Orisha cult in Brazil.

The kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt . Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes. Women Make Movies, 2003. VHS. Life of Colombian presidential candidate kidnapped by the FARC.

Latin American women artists: 1915-1995 . Eric Marciano. American Montage, Inc., Hourglass Productions, 1995, 2003. VHS. Comprehensive history of art by women in Latin America throughout the twentieth century.

Lesbianas de Buenos Aires . Santiago García. BDCINE, Wap Media, LAVA, 2002. VHS. Their experiences in the Argentine male-oriented society.

Letters from the other side . Heather Courtney. Front Porch Films, 2006. DVD. Videos of women in Mexico separated from family members working in the United States.

Las Madres: the mothers of Plaza de Mayo . Susana Muñoz, Lourdes Portillo. Direct Cinema Limited, Women Make Movies, 1985, 2001. VHS. Interviews describe the origin of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Maquilapolis / City of factories . Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre. Grupo Factor X, Colectivo Chilpancingo, Promotoras por los Derechos de las Mujeres, CineMamás, 2006. DVD. Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action.

María Félix: todas sus guerras. Editorial Clío, 2002. VHS.

Maria’s story: a portrait of love and survival in El Salvador’s civil war . Camino Film Projects, Filmakers Library, 1990. VHS. Documentary on life of María Serrano, leader in the FMLN.

Mexico : rebellion of the Llorona . Carmen Sarmiento. Video Spots and Associates, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1992, 1997. VHS. Women of Latin America series, women in Mexico.

Miss Universo en el Peru: Lima, julio 1982 / Miss Universe in Peru. Women Make Movies, 1986. VHS. Contrasts event with reality of Peruvian women’s lives.

Mother’s Day in Cuetzalan: Panchita the weaver . Judith Gleason. Filmakers Library Inc, 2002. VHS. Life of a Nahua woman in Mexico’s Sierra Norte.

Mujeres a debate: movimiento feminista . TV UNAM, 1996. VHS. Examines the women’s rights movement in Mexico.

My filmmaking, my life: Matilde Landeta . 1990. VHS. The life of the Mexican filmmaker from her entry into the Mexican film industry of the 1930's through her 113 films.

A new fire lights our way . Randal Shea. Support Project for the Rehabilitation and Sustainability of the Ixcán Municipality, Asociación Comunicarte, 2003. VHS. Discusses the gender inequalities of daily life for women in Guatemala.

Nosotros las mujeres. CEFREC—CAIB, 1997. VHS. Situation of indigenous women in Bolivia.

Parteras indígenas . Adrián Waldmann. Apoyo para el Campesino-Indígena del Oriente Boliviano, 1998. VHS. Indigenous midwives in Bolivia.

La pasión de María Elena / The passion of Maria Elena . Mercedes Moncada Rodríguez. Chango Films, Universidad de Guadalaja, Imcine, First Run/Icarus Films, 2003. VHS. A Tarahumara woman in Chihuahua and her quest for justice when her three-year-old son is killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Paso a las luchadoras . Ojo Obrero, 2003. VHS. Lives of seven Argentine women working for women’s rights.

Paulina . Vicky Funari, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, Paulina Cruz Suárez. CineMamás Productions, First Run/Icarus Films, 1997. VHS. Mexican woman’s life story, from a childhood of injustice in a village in Veracruz to her life as a maid in Mexico City.

Performing the border . Ursula Biemann. 1999. VHS. Examines lives of women on the Mexican-American border.

Peru: rage of hunger . Carmen Sarmiento. Video Spots and Associates, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1992, 1997. VHS. Women of Latin America series.

Quién diablos es Juliette? / Who the hell is Juliette? Carlos Marcovich. Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, 1997, 2000. DVD. “Mockumentary” on young Cuban prostitute.

Ramona: mujer, indígena, rebelde . Colectivo Perfil Urbano. Ediciones Pentagrama, 2006. DVD.Documentary on Comandanta Ramona of the EZLN.

Rigoberta Menchú: Cassandra and crusader . Eliseo Alvarez. A & A Comunicaciones, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2002. VHS. Television interview.

Señorita extraviada . Lourdes Portillo. Xochitl Films, Women Make Movies, 2001. VHS. Murders of young women in Ciudad Juárez.

The shape of water . Kum-Kum Bhavnani. 2006. DVD. Stories of women who are political activists, including one in Brazil.

¡Y sigue la marcha andando! / And the march continues! Guadalupe Olvera San Miguel. Clóset de Sor Juana, Frameline, 1997, 1998. DVD. History of the lesbian movement in Mexico.

Simplemente Jenny. Cinema Guild, 1977, 2007. DVD. Examines women in Latin America and the cultural values that shape their lives.

The sky: a silent witness . Midge Mackenzie. Amnesty International, Women Make Movies, 1996. VHS. Denial of women’s rights throughout the world, including Guatemala.

Testimony: the María Guardado story . Randy Vásquez. High Valley Productions, LAVA, 2001. VHS. Salvadoran activist’s involvement in the civil war and afterwards.

Tina in Mexico . David McIntosh, Brenda Longfellow, Normahilda Castañares-López. TVOntario, Bullfrog Films, 2002, 2003. VHS. Portrait of photographer Tina Modotti in revolutionary 1920s Mexico.

La voz de los pañuelos / The voice of the shawls . Marcelo Cespedes, Carmen Guarini. Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Cine Ojo, 1992. VHS. History of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo in Argentina.

White dresses. Ana Coyne Alonso. 1996. VHS. Five short films on Nicaragua, the focus is on women.