Bolivia / Faces of Change collection

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Andean Women
Aymara women voice a common paradox. In the film they express agreement with the dominant Hispanic ideal that women should be subservient to men and assigned to tasks appropriate to…
The Children Know
The deep division in Andean society between rural and townspeople begins at birth, is perpetuated by the schools and continues throughout life. The film evidences the discrimination faced by the…
Magic and Catholicism
The people of the Bolivian highlands blend in thought and practice the traditional magic of the region and the religion of their conquerors. A fatal automobile accident, coincident with the…
Potato Planters
An Aymara family plants potatoes, prepares and eats a meal, and discusses the religious and astronomical forces that control their destiny. The stark routine of this typical planting day contrasts…
Spirit Possession of Alejandro Mamani
An old Bolivian man nears the end of his life. He has property and status, but not contentment. Believing himself posessed by evil spirits, he opens his heart to reveal…
Viracocha
Viracocha features mestizos and campesinos in the Andean highlands interacting within a near-subsistance economic system. Market days and fiestas provide opportunities for Spanish-speaking mestizos, alternately benign and abusive, to assert…

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Andean Women
Aymara women voice a common paradox. In the film they express agreement with the dominant Hispanic ideal that women should be subservient to men and assigned to tasks appropriate to their limited strength and intellegence. Yet Aymara culture recognizes their equal contributions to survival. About the Faces of Change collection:…
Magic and Catholicism
The people of the Bolivian highlands blend in thought and practice the traditional magic of the region and the religion of their conquerors. A fatal automobile accident, coincident with the festival of Santiago, provides occasion for unique expressions of both faith and magic in the effort to influence events. Filmmaker:…
Potato Planters
An Aymara family plants potatoes, prepares and eats a meal, and discusses the religious and astronomical forces that control their destiny. The stark routine of this typical planting day contrasts with thecomplexity of their beliefs. About the Faces of Change collection This revolutionary series of 26 - 16mm films and…
Spirit Possession of Alejandro Mamani
An old Bolivian man nears the end of his life. He has property and status, but not contentment. Believing himself posessed by evil spirits, he opens his heart to reveal his anguish. His personal tragedy brings us close to every man's confrontation with the unknown, old age, and death. About…
The Children Know
The deep division in Andean society between rural and townspeople begins at birth, is perpetuated by the schools and continues throughout life. The film evidences the discrimination faced by the children of the rural and extremely poor campesinos. From different food arrangements at school to healthcare, there is a distinct…
Viracocha
Viracocha features mestizos and campesinos in the Andean highlands interacting within a near-subsistance economic system. Market days and fiestas provide opportunities for Spanish-speaking mestizos, alternately benign and abusive, to assert their traditional social dominance over the Aymara and Quechua campesinos. Filmmaker: Hubert Smith, Neil Reichline
The Devil's Miner  - The Story of 2 Young Silver Miners in Bolivia
An astonishing portrait of two brothers, 14-year-old Basilio and 12-year-old Bernardino, who work deep inside the silver mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia. Raised without a father and living on the slopes of the mine, Basilio and his brother must work the mines when they are not in school to help…
Women of the Mine - Female Miners in Bolivia
Portraits of three women who live and work in the infamous mines of El Cerro Rico in Bolivia. Work inside the mines has been limited to men, while the women are forced to work outside searching for mineral scraps on the side of the mountain. The film highlights the women's…
Fast Food Off the Shelf - Por qué quebró Mc Donald's en Bolivia?
In December of 2002, McDonald's had to shut down their restaurants in Bolivia. The company cited financial problems, but the real reasons were to be found elsewhere. Bolivia may be a small, poor nation on the global market, but a country's fierce local food culture can be sometimes a more…
Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica - The Daily Rituals of a Bolivian Mining Community
The rituals of a mining community are observed in this portrait of life and work in Bolivia's Altiplano. The miners' lives offer a strong denunciation of the hardships inherent in industrial work, underscoring the impact of global demands for earth's wealth on the native population. Winner of Best Feature Documentary…
Minerita - The Women of a Bolivian Mining District
Life and survival is incredibly difficult in the bleak Cerro Rico mining district in Potosi, Bolivia. This is true for the men risking their lives going down into the mine shafts looking for silver ore, but especially so for the women, who are viewed by the men as fair game.…
From the Land to Your Table - Produce Markets Across Different Latin Countries
Seven countries, seven popular markets, seven cultures. The first documentary of its kind, FROM THE LAND TO YOUR TABLE shows the perspectives of seven Ibero-American filmmakers as they capture the conditions and cultural diversity of popular produce markets in their individual countries. Created collectively, each segment retains its own unique…