CATEGORY

TITLE

AUTHOR

SHORT DESCRIPTION

VHS
A Day Without a Mexican- A Mockumentary
Arau, Sergio
Offers a satirical look at the consequences of all the Mexicans in the state of California suddenly disappearing (with a mysterious "pink fog" surrounding the state preventing any communication or movement with the outside world). A series of characters show the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California's economy, law enforcement and education systems as well as the resulting social unrest.
DVD & VHS
American Border Patrol Story
 
A documentary about the protection of our borders.
VHS
Ballad of an Unsung Hero
Espinosa, Paul
Documentary profiling Pedro J. Gonzalez from his days in Mexican Revolution to his recording stardom in 1930's Los Angeles.
DVD
The Brick People
Morales, Alejandro
The Brick People chronicles the story and legacy of the Mexican immigrants who came to work at Simons Brickyard #3 in Los Angeles during the early part of the 20th century. At one time it was the largest brickyard in the world, shipping as many as one million bricks each day. The bricks they made literally built Los Angeles and the surrounding Southern California area.
DVD
Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story
 Mechner, Jordan
In 1949, photographer Don Normark stumbled on Chavez Ravine, a closely-knit Mexican-American village on a hill overlooking downtown Los Angeles.  Enchanted, he stayed for a year and took hundreds of photographs never knowing he was capturing on film the last images of a place that was about to disappear. 
VHS
Chiapas 1998: The Bad Harvest
Chiapas Media Project
Chiapas 1998: La Mala Cosecha (The Bad Harvest) is collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous video-makers, which documents severe food shortages in 1998. A six-month drought followed by heavy rains and flooding destroyed 50% of the corn crops and 80% of the bean crops. This natural disaster, combined with the constant harassment by 60,000 troops and coupled with extreme poverty and marginalization, left the communities with few options.
DVD & VHS
Chicano: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
Ruiz, Jose Luis
Episode One: "Quest for a Homeland"
DVD & VHS
Chicano: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
 Ruiz, Jose Luis
Episode Two: "The Struggle in the Fields"
DVD & VHS
Chicano: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
Ruiz, Jose Luis
 
Episode Three: "Taking Back the Schools"
DVD & VHS
Chicano: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
Ruiz, Jose Luis
 
Episode Four: "Fighting for Political Power"
VHS
Chulas Fronteras AND Del Mero Corazon
Blank, Les
These two films are combined on one video for a 90 minute film on Tejano music, culture, and history.
VHS
Coffee Break
 
 
VHS
Conference 5-25-94: Chicanos/Latinos in a Global Society
 
 
VHS
Conquest of Aztlan
 
American Border Patrol  is a part of Voice of Citizens Together (VCT), the oldest and largest immigration reform organization in Los Angeles County.  VCT has been engaged in the fight against illegal immigration since 1991.
VHS
Epic History of the Revolution/
La Epopeya de la Revolucion
Madera Cinevideo
A documentary film, the only one authorized by the Mexican National Defense Department, has authentic scenes of the heroic Mexican Revolution-filmed as they were in the battle field more than half a century ago.
DVD/Video
Gatekeeper
Frey, John Carlos
Compelling border film, a true-to-life drama based on DEA and U.S. Border Patrol reports.
DVD
Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program, Cosecha Triste
Gonzalez, Gilberto G., et. al
Hidden within the historical accounts of minorities, workers and immigrants in American society is the story of the millions of Mexico's men and women who experienced the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program. Established to replace an alleged wartime labor shortage, research reveals that the Program intended to undermine farm worker unionization. Harvest shows how several million men, in one of the largest state managed migrations in history, were imported from 1942 to 1964 to work as cheap, controlled and disposable workers.
VHS
The Hunt for Pancho Villa
Espinosa, Paul
Documentary for PBS' American Experience series examining Pancho Villa's dramatic 1916 raid on Columbus, New Mexico and the American expedition mounted to capture him.
VHS
Immigration:  Threatening the Bonds of Our Union:  Part I:  Courage and Capitulation in California
American Patrol
American Border Patrol  is a part of Voice of Citizens Together (VCT), the oldest and largest immigration reform organization in Los Angeles County.  VCT has been engaged in the fight against illegal immigration since 1991.
VHS
Immigration:  Threatening the Bonds of Our Union:  Part II:  Treachery and Treason in America
American Patrol
American Border Patrol  is a part of Voice of Citizens Together (VCT), the oldes and largest immigration reform organization in Los Angeles County.  VCT has been engaged in the fight against illegal immigration since 1991.
VHS 
La Charreada 
Olga Najera-Ramirez 
Hear from daring riders and skilled ropers and discover the differences between Western-style and Mexican-style rodeo! 
VHS
Memorias De Un Mexicano
Toscano, Salvador & Carmen
This videobook presents the history of the Mexican Revolution filmed lived by Salvador Toscano, a Mexican Cinema pioneer. Re-live the Mexican Revolution protagonists one by one, the splendor of the Porfiriato to the enthusiastic democracy that woke up the candidacy of Francisco I. Madero. The Civil War that broke off the Tenth Tragedy; Zapata in the South, Villa in the North, the formation of the Constitutional Army with Carranza and the formation of the revolutionary governments with Obregon and Calles.
VHS
Mendez vs. Westminster 
KOCE-TV Foundation
In 1943, Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez led a community battle that changed California forever and set an important legal precedent for ending segregation in the United States. Their children were turned away from an "Anglo School," spurring a historic and precedent-setting lawsuit whose key players included NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall and then-California Governor Earl Warren.
VHS
Mountain's Mist and Mexico
Banana Productions
A portrait of Mexican immigration to the Mid-West.  This personal documentary examines issues of assimilation, class structure, language, and ethics on both sides of the border.
VHS
Pancho Villa and Other Stories
Rodriguez, Philip
This remarkable account of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) and one of its most important and enigmatic protagonists, Francisco "Pancho" Villa, is a unique achievement in the realm of historical documentaries. Producer Phillip Rodriguez places at the center of the film the personal stories of men and women—all now deceased—who were witnesses to and participants in the Revolution.
DVD & VHS
Peregrinos: From Delano to Sacramento In 24 Days
Ricardo, Vanessa & Trejo, Laura
A film documenting an arduous 330 mile pilgrimage over a 24-day period, recreating the historic 1966 UFW march from Delano to Sacramento.
VHS
Retratos (Preview)
The Cinema Guild
 
VHS
School of Assassins
Maryknoll World Productions
Using rarely-seen footage, the program shows how officers who studied at the school are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people--including Archbishop Romero of El Salvador.  It reveals the hidden world of the School of the Americas, and the work of church people, activists and members of Congress to close it down.
VHS
The Sixth Section:  Immigrants Organizing Across Borders
Rivera, Alex
The Sixth Section is a groundbreaking documentary that follows the transnational organizing of a community of Mexican immigrants who live in and work in upstate New York.  the men profiled in the film form an organization devoted to raising money in the United States to rebuild their hometown in Mexico.  In the process, they accomplish more than they expected-they find power.  There are at least a thousand of these "hometown associations," and they are having a major impact in both America and Mexico.  The Sixth Section is the first documentary to tell this story.
VHS
The War on Chiapas/ La Guerra en Chiapas 
 
Desde Enero de 1989 Canal le de Julio ha llegado, a traves del videocast, a cerca de tres milliones de personas. Su difusion y sostenimiento los hace directamente el espectador y por eso puede mostrar - con criterio independiente - informacion y puntos de vista que la television mexicana oculta.
VHS
Tierra O Muerte: Land or Death
Hales, Carolyn
Examines a little known chapter of U.S. history, one that has profoundly shaped the experience of several generations od Americans of Mexican decent.
VHS
U.S. Mexican War 1846-1848
Komatsu, Sylvia
The war that transformed the continent.  The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-48) tells the dramatic story of a war in which Mexico lost almost half of it's national territory to the U.S.  This critically acclaimed documentary series explores the events surrounding the conflict between two neighboring nations struggling for land, power, and identity.
VHS/ Book/ Teachers Guide
Viva La Causa: 500 Years of Chicano History
 
A 2 part educational video in English, that offers a compelling introduction to the history of Mexican American people.  Based on the book "500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures" by Elizabeth Martinez.
VHS
Zoot Suit Riots
Tovares, Joseph
Using evocative original photography and moving interviews with eyewitnesses, Zoot Suit Riots tells the story of the trial and the violent events of the following summer. Several months after the teens were convicted, racial tensions led to full-scale riots between servicemen and the Mexican American community.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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