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DVD
9500 Liberty
Park, Annabel & Byler, Eric
9500 Liberty documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented—and the surprising grassroots opposition that led to its repeal.
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.
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
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.
VHS
Chicano Park
Mulford, Marilyn
Each year, residents of San Diego's Barrio Logan celebrate the events of April 22, 1970 when members of La Raza and other groups took over land slated for redevelopment and established Chicano Park. This documentary meshes archival footage, photographs and contemporary interviews to trace the history of Barrio Logan and its struggles to reclaim a part of "Aztlan," the mythical Aztec kingdom of the Southwest that has come to symbolize the powerful renewal of Chicano pride.
DVD & VHS Chicano: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, Episode One: "Quest for a Homeland" Ruiz, Jose Luis Examines the beginnings of the movement by profiling Reies Lopez Tijerina and the land grant movement in New Mexico in 1966 and 1967.
DVD & VHS
Chicano: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, Episode Two: "The Struggle in the Fields"
Ruiz, Jose Luis
Examines the importance of César Chávez and his efforts to organize farm workers in the central valley of California. It delineates the various components of Chávez's strategy for farm worker self determination—strikes, boycotts, pilgrimages, fasts—and emphasizes his commitment to nonviolence and the importance of faith and prayer in achieving his goal.
DVD & VHS
Chicano: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, Episode Three: "Taking Back the Schools"
Ruiz, Jose Luis
 
The best of the four episodes, it covers the Los Angeles high school blow outs of 1968 thoroughly and with passion.
DVD & VHS
Chicano: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, Episode Four: "Fighting for Political Power"
Ruiz, Jose Luis
 
Discusses the creation of La Raza Unida Party as a third party force for political power and the importance of political rights. It culminates in the 1972 election and the Raza Unida convention, and the fragmentation of the party at the height of its membership and recognition.
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
Conquest of Aztlan
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.
DVD
Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program, Cosecha Triste
Gonzalez, Gilberto G.; Price, Vivian; Salinas, Adrian
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
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 oldest and largest immigration reform organization in Los Angeles County.  VCT has been engaged in the fight against illegal immigration since 1991.
DVD
Inner Borderlines: Visions of America Through the Eyes of Alejandro Morales
Mancha, Luis
Inner Borderlines is the image that guides this documentary and represents the idea of multiculturalism. So we follow the writer and professor Alejandro Morales, in his journey around Southern California as he tries to understand many issues concerning the Latino population in California and the U.S. society. It deals with ideas such as the first immigrants to California; The Californios and how California was taken over by Anglo-Americans; how the city of Irvine came to be; the heart of Orange County: Santa Ana; what a Barrio is; what "white flight" means; Simons town: a city that built Los Angeles; being a Chicano writer...
VHS
La Charreada
Najera-Ramirez, Olga
Hear from daring riders and skilled ropers and discover the differences between Western-style and Mexican-style rodeo! 
VHS
La Epopeya de la Revolucion/ Epic History of the Revolution
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.
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.
DVD
No Mas Bebes Por Vida
Espino, Virginia & Tajima-Pena, Renee
A documentary on sterilization of Mexican-origin women, followed by a panel discussion with Renee Tajima-Peña (film director, University of California at Santa Cruz) and Elena Gutiérrez (University of Illinois at Chicago), to be moderated by María Cotera (University of Michigan). This film-in-progress is about the contested history of nonconsensual sterilizations performed on Mexican-American women in a Los Angeles public hospital in the 1970s, the lawsuit that followed, and the legacy of sterilization abuse.
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
Chronicles the life stories of four individuals from New York's Puerto Rican community, each of whom has attempted to assimilate to life in America, but who also maintain strong ties to their cultural heritage.
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.
DVD
The American Border Patrol Story
 
A documentary about the protection of our borders.
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.
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
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 
Escamilla, Esperanza; Garcia, Adriana; Madrid, Norma 
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 community of Mexican-Americans in the Chama Valley of New Mexico. There, descendants of early Mexican shepherds use techniques of civil disobedience to fight off developers in order to regain their historical claim to pasture land and their traditional values.
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 (Teacher's Kit)
Norberg, Doug 
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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