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Videos for Under the Feet of Jesus

Americano as Apple Pie, the Blending of Culture. Prod. Ed Cundiff. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2001. 2 July 2007 <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/1870159>.
A look at the "three houses of Latino culture"--Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American--and their widespread influence. Key issues include how long ago that Hispanic peoples have lived in America, and how U.S. immigration laws affect their assimilation. (Streaming video 30 min.)

America's Immigration Debate. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004. JV6001 .A4 2005 or <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/5927517>.
Part of the Global Cities: Immigration and the World Economy series, it examines the pros and cons of immigration issues such as the isolation of ethnic communities, the shifting of racial definitions, and Americas lack of an infrastructure to support immigrant integration.
(DVD 26 min. & Streaming video).

The Artistic Legacy of the Mexican Revolution. Prod. Linda Cuellar. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1995. F1234 .A78 1995
An overview of the Mexican Revolution and its impact on the culture of the Mexican American community. (VHS 30 min.).

Bettina Gray Speaks with Luis Valdez. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1993. PN2270.M48 B47 1993
Luis Valdez is the celebrated founder of the Teatro Campesino, the West Coast theatrical group that has given voice to the struggles of Chicano farm workers. As a child, Valdez picked fruit alongside his father in California's fertile valleys and describes how he became a playwright and director and how his plays retrace the experience of Chicano families. (VHS 26 min.)

Borderless: The Lives of Undocumented Workers. Dir. Min Sook Lee. Princeton: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2006.
JV7225.2 .B67 2006
A docu-poem about the lives of undocumented worker. Gives voice to the dreams and struggles of undocumented workers, Geraldo, a Costa Rican construction worker, and Angela, a second-generation Caribbean domestic worker, bring to life problems of labour exploitation and family separation.
(DVD 27 min.)

Chicano. Prod. BFA Educational Media, 1971. E184.M5 C5 1971
An open-ended film which explores the various manifestations of bias, oppression, and discrimination that affect Mexican-Americans. Presents the goals of the Chicano movement and the various organizations which represent the Mexican-American community. (VHS 23 min.).

Chulas Fronteras [Straight from the Heart]: Love Songs of the Southwest.
Brazos Films, 1994. F395.M5 C48 1994
The music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances, fieldwork, and other social activities are featured. Songs reflect subjects from love to oppression. Del mero corazon is about the Mexican-American norteno music tradition, through performances in dance halls and cantinas, songs of passion, death, hurt, and humor. Poetry is recited in Spanish between songs. Originally produced in 1976. (VHS 90 min.).

Destination America: the People and Cultures that Created a Nation. PBS Home Video, 2005. E184.A1 D47 2005
Destination America looks at the driving forces that have compelled individuals to immigrate to America and, in particular, the immigration of women who have come to this country in search of opportunity and the basic human rights that were denied to them in their homelands.
(DVD 220 min.)

Farmingville. Docurama, 2004. F128.9.M4 F37 2004
A documentary film about the Mexicans who follow in the footsteps of America's long history of immigration. It looks at the people of Farmingville, New York, and at how they are dealing with the influx of about 1,500 Mexican workers. (DVD 78 min.)

Fast Food Nation. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2007.
PN1995 F378 2007
The film is primarily about the quality of food produced in meat processing plants, but also reveals how illegal immigrants are hired and often taken advantage of. (DVD 113 min.)

Food for the Ancestors. PBS Home Video, 2006. GT4995.A4 F66
Presents Mexican customs relating to the care and remembrance of the dead as celebrated in the culturally rich state of Puebla. Focuses on folk arts related to the celebration, such as weaving, pottery, dance, and preparation of special foods. (DVD 60 min.)

Go Back to Mexico! WGBH Educational Foundation, 1994. HV6920 .G63
A Frontline, 1994 broadcast of a story of one woman's attempt to illegally emigrate from Mexico to the United States amidst the background of growing public opposition to illegal immigration, particularly in California.
(VHS 57 min.)

The Grapes of Wrath. Prod. Darryl Francis Zanuck. Key Video, 1988. PS3537.T3234 G72 1988
The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression is depicted in this immortal film of the Steinbeck classic. (VHS 129 min.)

Harvest of Shame. Dir. Fred W. Friendly. Ambrose Video, 1991.
5 July 2007 <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/6462148>.
A documentary showing the degradation and exploitation of migrant farmworkers in the United States, originally broadcast on Thanksgiving Eve by Edward R. Murrow and CBS. The broadcast led to the passage of laws protecting worker's rights. (Streaming video 60 min.)

Hispanic Entrepreneurs: Against all Odds. Prod. Radamés Soto and Richard Perin. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/2705696>.
Geraldo Rivera, Linda Alvarado and a host of Hispanic American executives discuss how they overcame racial and financial discrimination to turn their fledgling businesses into million-dollar corporations. (Streaming video 44 min.)

Hispanic-American Cultures in the U.S.A. RMI Media Productions, 1993. E184.S75 H4 1993
Discusses the diverse cultures in the U.S. grouped under the general label of Hispanic and the strong emphasis placed on education within those groups.
(VHS 60 min.).

Hispanics in America. Prod. Terrence L. Martin. History Channel, 1998.
E184.S75 H577 1998
A history of the recent immigration of Hispanics to the United States, beginning with the Cuban exiles in 1959 and originally produced as a segment of the television 20th Century series . (VHS 50 min.)

Hispanics in the Media. Prod . Francisco Ramirez. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. 5 July 2007 <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/1836229>.
Explores the current role of Hispanics in the media including interviews with Geraldo Rivera, Moctesuma Esparza, David Valdez, Rita Moreno, Elizabeth Peña, Jimmy Smits and Isiah Morales. Originally broadcast in 1994. (Streaming video 44 min.)

Hispanics: The Changing Role of Women. Prod. Francisco Ramirez. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. E184.S75 H59515 1998 or <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/1836089>.
Originally broadcast in 1995 as a segment of the television program Hispanic Americans: The New Frontier, this film examines how second generation Hispanics are adapting to American society and maintaining their Latino roots while assimilating into the American cultural mainstream. A variety of Hispanic Americans are interviewed, including pop film director Robert Rodriguez. (Streaming video 44 min.)

Hispanics: The Second Generation. Prod. Francisco Ramirez. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. 5 July 2007 <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/1844383>.
Examines how the second generation Hispanics are adapting to American society. (Streaming video 44 min.)

Hispanics, Their Differences. Prod. Francisco Ramirez and Vanessa Cordova Corwin. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. 5 July 2007 <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/1842630>.
Examines the differences and similarities between Hispanics living in the United States. Three families are spotlighted, one Puerto Rican, one Mexican American and one Cuban American. Explores how they view themselves and how they view each other. Originally produced in 1995 from the television program "Hispanics in the United States." (Streaming video 44 min.)

In Context: Of Mice and Men. Prod. Christopher Morris. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999. 5 July 2007 <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/5924248.>
Dr. Susan Shillinglaw of the Center for Steinbeck Studies discusses labor exploitation in the Salinas valley during the Depression era in order to reinforce an appreciation of the precarious lifestyle faced by migrant laborers. Passages from the novella; interviews and archival footage and photos of Wall Street, FDR, the Dust Bowl, and the 1936 lettuce strike; and an excerpt from Woody Guthrie's "Bound for Glory" add depth to this powerful study. (Streaming video 20 min.)

La Nueva Lengua. Prod. Magdalena Acosta. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999. 5 July 2007<http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/1841435>.
In Spanish. "After Mexico gained independence from Spain, the young nation continued to struggle for identity as it sought to define itself geographically, politically, and culturally. As Mexico matured, so too did its literary tradition. This program examines the influences of such writers as José Santos Chocano, Enrique Gonzales Martinez, and Los Contemporáneos, among others." (Streaming video 32 min.)

The Line in the Sand Stories from the US. Catholic Relief Services, 2006. PS627 .M49 L5 2006
In partnership with the Villanova University Masters of Theatre program, a team of writers were sent to the Arizona/Mexico border in August 2005. Working with the Catholic Relief Services' Mexico office, the group conducted interviews with migrants, ranchers, Mexican and U.S. government officials, diocesan staff, and others. The power of theater tells the powerful stories of people. (DVD 60 min.)

Los De Abajo. Eagle Video of the Americas, 1987. PQ7297.A9 L67 1987
In Spanish. A violent, passionate, and brutal chronicle of the Mexican Revolution and of Mexican history. In the midst of misery and injustice appeared the face of "Los de abajo" and the feast of those in power became a bloody and destructive orgy. (VHS 117 min.)

Los Trabajadores [the Workers]. New Day Films, 2001. HD8081.H7 C67 2001
"'We build the buildings, we do the hardest jobs, and still they don't want us.' These are the words of Juan Ignacio Gutierrez, a Nicaraguan profiled in this story of immigrant day laborers, placing their struggles and contributions in the context of the economic development of Austin, Texas. Through the stories of Juan from Nicaragua and Ramon from Mexico, and through the controversy surrounding the relocation of a day labor site from downtown to a residential neighborhood, the film examines the misconceptions and contradictions inherent in America's dependence on and discrimination against immigrant labor. As Juan says, 'they say Austin is growing, but thanks to whom?'" (VHS 48 min.)

Mexican-Americans. Schlessinger Video, 1993. GN550 .M85 1993 v.13
This part of the Multicultural Peoples of North America video series traces the history of the Mexican emigration to North America, showing the unique traditions they brought with them, and who they are today. (VHS 30 min.)

The Milagro Beanfield War. MCA Home Video, 1988. PN1997 .M552 1988 and PN1997 .M552 2005
Tells of a small Mexican village threatened by development and how a single act of rebellion rekindles its pride and strength of spirit.
(DVD & VHS 118 min.)

Octavio Paz. The Lannan Foundation, 1989. PQ7297.P285 A6 1989
Mexican-born Octavio Paz (1914-1998) reads from his Collected Poems at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Oct. 18, 1988, and is interviewed by Lewis MacAdams. (VHS 60 min.)

Of Mice and Men. MGM/UA Home Video, 1993. PN1997 .O245 1993
John Steinbeck's novel about Depression-era California; two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences. (VHS 50 min.)

Pane e Cioccolata [Bread and Chocolate]. Hen's Tooth Video, 1996.
PN1197 .B7322 1996 c.2
A farce fashioned around the postwar dilema of the status and plight of migrant workers from Southern Europe into the northern more prosperous and modern lands. Filmed in 1978 in Italian with English subtitles. (VHS 109 min.)

Pedro Paramo El Hombre De La Media Luna [Pedro Desert the Man of the Average Moon]. Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia, 1987.
PQ7297.R89 P4 1987
In Spanish without subtitles, based on Juan Rulfo's novel about a peasant and his son enveloped in the complex and fatalistic world of the Indians in Mexico. (VHS 112min.)

Portrait of Artists as Latino Immigrants. Dir. Facundo Lujan and Tania Waisberg. San Jose: Video I -- KTEH, 2007.
E184.S75 P67 2007
The stories of four Latino artists who immigrated to California and how it changed their identities. (DVD 60 min.)

Salt of the Earth. Prod. Paul Jarrico. MPI Home Video, 1987.
F801.2 .S24 1954
A 1954 social drama which depicts the attempt of a New Mexican mining company to break a union strike of underprivileged Mexican and American workers who endeavor to prevent their wives from participation on an equal basis in the strike. (VHS 94 min.)

Sandra Cisneros: In Conversation with Dorothy Allison. Lannan Foundation, 1999. PS3553.I78 Z53 1999
Sandra Cisneros reads her story "Eleven" and other works and is interviewed by Dorothy Allison on October 8, 1996 in Los Angeles. (VHS 60 min.)

Siqueiros: Artist and Warrior. Home Vision Arts, 1999. ND259.S56 S56 1999
A film biography of David Alfaro Siqueiros, (1896–1974) a leader of the Mexican mural movement, that traces the interplay between the two driving forces in his life--art and politics--against a backdrop of historical images and an examination of his powerful work. (VHS 59 min.)

Songs of the Homeland. Dir. Hector Galán. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. 5 July 2007 <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/dmc/video/3972162>.
Describes the history of Tejano music in South Texas.
(Streaming video 57 min.)

Tennessee Williams' the Migrants. Monterey Home Video, 1994.
PS3545.I5365 V3 1994
The 1973 television episode of Playhouse 90 about a family who worked the fields, loved each other, and wanted to see their hard work produce a better life. (VHS 83 min.)

Tex-Mex: Music of the Texas Mexican Borderlands. Shanachie, 1990.
ML3481 .T49
A 1992 video about the exuberant music style with a Mexican soul and a rock'n'roll heart. It combines styles of corrida and norteno full of joy and energy, but carries significance through its lyrics about social problems. Flaco Jimenez, Lydia Mendoza, Frank Rodarte, Little Joe Hernandez and many others are shown in performance and conversation. (VHS 60 min.)

The Ties that Bind: Immigration Stories. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1996. JV6483 .T53 1996
In English and Spanish with English subtitles. This program looks at the human drama behind current debate over U.S. immigration policy. Presents the story of people and immigrants on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. (VHS 56 min.)

Witness to the Future. Video Project, 1996. GE197 .W57 1996
Discusses how ordinary citizens transform themselves into environmental activists. Covers problems with radioactive gases released from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Hanford, Washington, large doses of pesticide in California's San Joaquin Valley, and particulates from the petrochemical and oil industries in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley". (VHS 50 min.)

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