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Call Number: PN1997.A44 2010
"War photographer Grace, devastated after a violent incident in Iraq, renounces her profession. Her Belgian husband, Max, is a cataract surgeon working at an eye clinic in the high Andes of Peru. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba succumb to illnesses caused by a mercury spill from a local mine. Saturnina, a young woman in Turubamba, loses her fiance to the contamination. Ignorant of its true source, the villagers turn their rage on the foreign doctors, and in the ensuing riot Max is killed. Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of Max's death. Saturnina takes drastic measures to protest against the endless violations towards her people and her land. Grace and Saturnina's destinies merge."--imdb.com.
Bajo la Piel
Call Number: PG3327.S5 B3 2009
Set in a remote Peruvian village, a police captain finds himself flirting with, and eventually seduced by, his darker nature after he begins investigating a series of ritual killings that may be linked to the sacrificial rites of an ancient Indian civilization. After finding the eyeless heads of several young men, captain Percy heads for the office of Catalino Pinto, the curator of a local museum who is also an expert on ancient cultures. It is Pinto who opens the door and leads Percy down a path of death from which there can be no return.
Choropampa: The Price of Gold
Call Number: HD9536.P42 C4 2002
On June 2, 2000, 151 kilograms of liquid mercury spilled from a truck hauling the mercury away from the Yanacocha goldmine in the Peruvian Andes. The spill covered a 25-mile long area, contaminating the small mountain villages of Choropampa, San Juan, and Magdalena. The owners of the mine, a Peruvian company, the World Bank, and the Newmont Mining Corp. of Colorado, claim that the problem was quickly resolved, but hundreds of people still suffer the ill effects. This video details the legal battles of the people of Choropampa to get proper medical care and compensation for the damage done to the town and its economy and "exposes the global gold trade's nasty underbelly."
Ciudad de M
Call Number: PQ8498.23.A363 C5 2003
Set in Peru's capital city of Lima, this urban drama sees the eponymous M struggle to make a life for himself. With no prospects for employment, M takes to whiling away his time in the company of his pal Coyote, flirting with girls, and club hopping. Unfortunately, monetary temptation lures M into a life of crime, with petty thievery soon replaced by more serious offenses and equally serious consequences.
Call Number: PN1997.C6683 2011
Miguel, a respected Peruvian fisherman, is expecting his first child with his wife, Mariela. However, their peaceful existence is threatened by Miguel's love for Santiago, a visiting artist whose presence is viewed as a threat by the villagers. When a fatal accident befalls the community, Miguel is faced with hiding his true feelings or coming to terms with who he is and risk losing everything, including those he loves.
Dias de Santiago
Call Number: PN1997 .D534 2005
Santiago returns home from the Peruvian army ill-prepared to cope with the realities of life. Haunted by his violent military past, he is conflicted by his desire for education and his temptation to join his comrades in a life of crime.
Call Number: PN1997 .D564 2008
Diego is in love with his sister Andrea. Andrea has her own secrets to deal with. Agustín, their father, has brought home Elísa, his new girlfriend, twenty years younger and of a different social and economic status. The family is caught up in Peruvian upper-class society -- a chronicle of decadence, hypocrisy, and conformity.
Call Number: F1411 .E53 2005 Region 2
Set in 16th century Peru. Explorer, Lope de Aguirre is leading 300 Spanish soldiers and 300 natives in search for the legendary land of El Dorado. However, before they find it the expedition is attacked by jungle tribes and mutiny breaks out among the soldiers and the leaders of the expedition are targeted for assassination.
La Boca del Lobo
Call Number: PN1997 .B63 2012
A study of a bloody encounter between the Peruvian Army and the Maoist Shining Path in Chuspi, a small isolated village in the Andes.
La Ciudad y los Perros
Call Number: PQ8498.32.A65 C5 1994
A military school in an underdeveloped country. The system generates a universe of treachery and loyalty where machismo and brutality are the main values.
La Muralla Verde
Call Number: PN1997 .M87 1990
The story of a young settler who tries to escape the bureaucracy of life in Lima with his wife and son by starting a farm in the Peruvian jungle, only to experience more problems and setbacks.
La Teta Asustada
Call Number: PN1997 .T484 2009 Region 2, No English Subtitles
Fausta is suffering from 'La Tetaasustada' (The Milk of Sorrow), an illness transmitted through the breast milk of women who were raped or mistreated during the war of terror in Peru. War has ended, but Fausta lives on, haunted by fear. The sudden death of her mother forces her to face her fears and find the voyage to freedom.
Call Number: PN1997 .M333 2007
Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o'clock in the afternoon to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and can't see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa and her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change the destiny of the girl.
Manuela Saenz: la Libertadora del Libertador
Call Number: PN1997 .M37 2002
A whaling ship carrying Herman Melville arrives in Peru, where he finds Manuela Saenz, the former mistress of Simon Bolivar. Her life story enfolds as she rereads letters from Bolivar which recount her life as a colonel in his movement to unite South America into one nation.
Call Number: PQ8498.13.U34 M3 2008
During Fujimori's regime a well-known judge is brutally murdered. His fiancée, Gabriela, a young teacher, is devastated and shocked when she finds out that a local tabloid has published infamous and grotesque lies about her beloved's death. She decides to confront the paper.
Call Number: PN1997 .M3555 2009
Santiago is a 21-year-old from Lima who is haunted by his father's recent and unexpected suicide. Santiago decides to take refuge in Máncora, a beach resort town in the north of the country. He is accompanied by his stepsister Ximena and her husband Inigo, a brash art collector from New York. The tranquility of their getaway is quickly shattered by a powerful act of boundary-crossing and betrayal, which threatens to turn Máncora into a paradise lost.
No se lo digas a nadie
Call Number: PQ8498.12.A95 N6 2009
Based on the alleged autobiography of gay Peruvian talk show host Jaime Bayly, this is the story of Joaquin, a troubled youth from a well-to-do family in Peru, who must overcome the domineering influences of his macho, racist father and obsessively religious mother to discover his true sexual nature.
Call Number: PN1997 .O285 2012
Clemente is a moneylender and man of few words. Sofia is his new single neighbor. She is devoted to the October worship of Our Lord of the Miracles and hopes that Clemente may be the one for her. The two are brought together when Clemente is left with a newborn baby, whose mother is a prostitute and nowhere to be found. While Clemente looks for her, Sofia cares for the baby. With these two new people in his life, Clemente has the opportunity to reconsider his emotional relations with people.
Paloma de Papel
Call Number: PN1997 .P355 2005
Paloma de Papel recounts the harrowing coming-of-age story of Juan as he struggles to survive poverty, corruption, and violence when Shining Path guerrillas sweep through and force the helpless youngster into their ranks.
Pantaleon y las Visitadoras
Call Number: PQ8498.32.A65 P3 2003
A dedicated Peruvian army captain (and devoted husband) is put in charge of a top secret military operation--setting up a brothel in the Amazon jungle to satisfy the needs of his fellow soldiers.
Call Number: PN1997 .R4797 2019
Segundo Paucar, a 14-year-old boy, wants to become a master story-box maker just like his father to carry on with the family legacy. On his way to a community celebration in the Andes, Segundo accidentally observes his father in a situation that shatters his whole world. Trapped in a chauvinistic environment, Segundo will try to deal in silence with all that is happening to him.
Supervivientes de los Andes
Call Number: PS3552.L346 S8 2003
Dramatization of the true story of a plane crash in the Andes Mountains and the surviving passengers' ordeal to survive. As days go by with no rescue in sight, they realize that the only way to stay alive is to feed on the bodies of the dead.
Amazonia: Healing with Sacred Plants
Call Number: F3429.3.M4 A4 2011 In English
Amazonia chronicles the work of the master shamans of Peru's Madre de Dios River in the Amazon watershed. Dr. Villoldo explains the process and theory of the powerful brew made by the shamans known as Ayahuasca, the 'vine of the souls.
America, un Mundo Nuevo
Call Number: DP17 .M46 2005 v.14
After Columbus came the conquistadors: intrepid men who, for good and ill, have left an indelible mark on world history. This program dramatizes the conquests of Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro in the Viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru, stories characterized by courage and brutality--on both sides.
Black in Latin America
Call Number: F1419.N4 B5 2011 English and Spanish
Henry Louis Gates Jr. travels to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and Peru to discover the African influence on Latin America. He examines the shared legacy of colonialism and slavery in a region that imported ten times as many slaves as the United States, and kept them in bondage far longer. Gates finds that the influence of people of African descent has had a massive influence on the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean, despite sometimes being forgotten or ignored.
Call Number: BX2380 .C35 2009 In English
Transporting viewers to distant lands and into deep regions of the human soul, The Calling presents candid portraits of three people who are members of a Catholic religious community: The Family of Jesus: Healer. We witness how they and their families embrace the challenges and blessings that religious life requires. It's a film about hard choices and having the faith to make them, providing a glimpse into the nature of belief, the bonds of family, and our eternal quest to discover: Who am I?
Call Number: F1411 .C67 2001 In English
Four part series on the discovery of the Americas by the Spanish conquistadors and the subsequent fall of the Aztec and Inca empires.
The Fall of Fujimori
Call Number: F3448.7.F85 F3 2006
The Fall of Fujimori is a character and interview-driven documentary that explores the volatile events that define Alberto Fujimori's decade-long reign of Peru: his meteoric rise from the son of poor Japanese immigrants to the presidency; his fateful relationship with the shadowy and Machiavellian Vladimiro Montesinos; his self-coup that dissolved overnight both Congress and the Judiciary; and the bloody and dramatic Japanese Embassy hostage crisis.
Frontline/World: Stories From a Small Planet, October 25, 2005
Call Number: TN414 .P4 F76 2005 In English
First segment. Peru : the curse of Inca gold (approx. 30 min.). Lowell Bergman travels to the Peruvian Andes to uncover the story of a battle for Yanacocha, the world's richest gold mine. Bergman reveals political intrigue including attempts to influence Peru's Supreme Court to rule in favor of an American company, focusing on Peruvian spymaster Vladimiro Montesinos. The program investigates Newmont Mining of Denver, Colorado, and meets the crusading priest who leads local campesinos who have opposed expansion of the mine after a toxic mercury spill.
Second segment. Ukraine : a murder in Kyiv (approx. 30 min.). Georgy Gongadze was a crusading journalist whose death in Sept. 2000 helped spark the Orange Revolution. A year earlier, on national television, he dared to confront then President Leonid Kuchma for failing to investigate an assassination attempt on a presidential candidate. Kuchma, an authoritarian ruler, was not used to being challenged in public. But Gongadze was fearless and kept after Kuchma and his cronies -- until the night he vanished. But today, despite new president Yevtushenko's pledge, Gongadze's murder remains curiously unsolved.
Ghosts of Machu Picchu
Call Number: F3429.1.M3 G46 2010 In English
In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, there have been countless theories about this Lost city of the Incas, yet it remains an enigma. NOVA joins a new generation of archaeologists as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site.
Great Inca Rebellion
Call Number: F3429 .G74 2007 In English
History reports that the Inca were swiftly wiped out by a small band of Conquistadors, but new evidence is being unearthed that may help rewrite history. Uncovered remains of those who died in battle along with recently discovered documents suggest that even after forming military alliances with thousands of Indian, it took the Spanish many years to defeat the Inca Empire. Brought to life through CGI reconstruction and reenactments, the story of guerrilla warfare and rebellion are revealed and the truth behind the Inca's last stand is discovered.
Call Number: HB2036.L5 G8 1984 No subtitles available
Grupo Chaski's story of an Andean boy whose family leaves their mountain village in search of a better life in the capital. Facing the challenges of their new life, Gregorio and his parents struggle individually to find their new place in the urban environment.
Inca: Secrets of the Ancestors
Call Number: F3429 .I53 1995 In English
Learn about the legendary kingdom of the Incas and the achievements of their society, including medical skills, engineering and architectural marvels, and much more.
Call Number: F3429 .I53 2007 In English
Six hundred years ago, in less than a century, the Inca people, located in present day Peru, forged an empire equal to that of the Greeks and Romans. They built their empire, not by military conquest but by treaties, based on providing food for all the empire's citizens. In the process, the Incas built architectural wonders for all eternity. Theirs is a history of what 7 million people can accomplish when they all work toward a common goal. Today Machu Picchu stands as a glorious reminder of this once incredible empire.
In the mayor's footsteps. Peru
Call Number: F3429.3.S59 I5 2011 In English
Warned that the child he's talked to will grow up poor and violent, Mayor Amilcar Huancahuari sighs. If only we could start young, he believes, we'd have a better chance of a peaceful and prosperous world. We need to keep young children away from violence, and develop their brains from birth. But is that just the Mayor's dream? In this episode of Early Life, the Mayor tours his native Peru to discover how kids are being shortchanged: from the jungle city of Iquitos to the Andes mountains once wracked by political violence. Amilcar visits children who live in a floating favella- where he needs a police bodyguard- finds kids working city streets at midnight, and meets victims of a war over before they were born. How much poverty, stress, and violence can kids be exposed to without incurring real mental damage?
Call Number: F2230.1.S68 T4 2009 In Portugese
"Surrounded by the Amazon rainforest, the twin cities of Leticia and Tabatinga and the village of Santa Rosa constitute a triple border between Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Beautifully photographed and researched, Lands explores the social and ecological impact of territorial limits, commerce and modernity on the lives of the local and indigenous population.Situated side by side, on the same riverbank of the Solimoes, Tabatinga and Letica (capital of the Amazonas state in Colombia) share close economic ties and are connected by a single promenade. A pole with two flags marks the point where Amizade Avenue (Brazil) becomes Internacional Avenue (Colombia). Both cities are home to many Peruvian immigrants and Colombian desplazados fleeing the Farc guerrilla armed conflicts. Directly across the river, at a few minutes distance by boat, is the Peru and teh village of Santa Rosa. Cut-off from the economic centers of their respective countries by the forest and the distance, this frontier region is characterized by the constant transit of people and exchange of goods, the incessant sound of motorcycles and radios, the mixture of traditional and technological knowledge and the coexistence of different cultures and ethnicities"--Container.
Lost City of the Incas
Call Number: F3429.1.M3 L6 2005 In English
Travel to the top of the world to explore the remarkable Incan city of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, and see incredible footage of its discovery.
The Lost Civilization of Peru
Call Number: F3430.1.M6 L6 2005 In English
Investigates the architecture, figurative art, ritual sacrifice, and fall of the ancient civilization of the Moche people of Northern Peru, whose mud-brick mounds are among the oldest and biggest man-made structures in Latin America.
Call Number: F3451.S265 L8 2008
"Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), a Maoist group established in the 1970s by philosophy professor Abimael Guzmán, had by 1980 launched in the Peruvian countryside a revolutionary insurrection, to which its militants attempted to recruit Quechuan peasants. When the movement's dictatorial style was rejected by most of the peasants, the guerrilla movement began a campaign of violence against the local populace throughout the Andean Region, including the April 1983 massacre of 69 people in the village of Santiago de Lucanamarca. Some 20 years later, Lucanamarca show the arrival of Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to exhume the bodies of the victims in order to establish their identities and causes of death, an effort that reawakens old enmities among the still-divided villagers. In addition to showing the work of the forensic anthropologists, Lucanamarca features interviews with massacre survivors, villagers who recount the activities of Shining Path -- including the still ostracized siblings of a local Shining Path leader who was killed in retribution by angry villagers -- and who provide eyewitness testimony of Shining Path atrocities in the 2005 trial of Guzman in Lima."--Container.
Call Number: F3408.O48 2008
"[This film] focuses on Peru's capital city of Lima, revealing its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty, and how many of its poorest citizens have survived decades of economic crisis, terrorism and government violence, denial of workers' rights, and political corruption."--Container.
Pavements of Gold
Call Number: HB2036.L5 P3 2001 In English
Urban poverty is one of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century. In 1950, three hundred million people were living in urban areas; by 2001 that figure had increased to 2.85 billion, or almost half the world's population. And the flow or rural migrants arriving in the world's mega cities shows no signs of slowing down. With the backdrop of Lima, Peru, this program examines the enduring magnetism of big cities -- and asks whether the migrants who have moved here now feel that city life is the answer to their dreams.
Peru's Mass Grave Mystery
Call Number: F3430.1.C37 P4 2010 In English
High in the cloud forests of Peru is the mountaintop fortress of a lost civilization and an ancient legend of murder. The Chachapoya, or Cloud Warriors who lived over 400 years ago, vanished virtually overnight. For years, anthropologists have been hunting for who or what killed these people. Now, the discovery of a site with more than 80 corpses could solve this mystery. National Geographic joins a team of archaeologists and anthropologists who believe the answer is hidden in the bones -- testing theories from an Inca massacre or an epidemic brought by the Spaniards to a ritual sacrifice or assassination by a rival tribe to finally close the case on this lost capital's ultimate collapse.
Peru: Rage of Hunger
Call Number: F3429.3.W65 P4 2003 In English
This program looks at the noble efforts of city women in general, as they prepare community meals, work at menial jobs to support families, run employment workshops, and provide counseling for abused women, pregnant teenagers, and refugees fleeing war in the provinces
Call Number: F3451.L8 R3 2008
The slopes overlooking the tiny Peruvian village of Rapayan are dotted with the remarkably well-preserved ruins of an indigenous settlement that predates the Inca conquest. It is a virtual city, complete with homes, a castle, a fortress, mausoleums, murals, subterranean galleries and mummified remains of its ancient inhabitants. As an archeological discovery, it is larger, richer and older than the celebrated Macchu Pichu. RAPAYAN follows the efforts of archaeologist Alexis Mantha, who 'discovered' the historic ruins, and his Peruvian colleagues Hernando Malea and Jorge Cotrina, as they uncover and research this unknown civilization, revealing insights into the political, economic and religious aspects of the Andean Middle Ages. The village below, where descendants of that ancient civilization live, has only recently begun to modernize, with the arrival of electricity and the construction of the first asphalt road. Through interviews with the archaeologists, village residents, school children, the mayor and local politicians, the film reveals the uneasy relationship between villagers and scientific outsiders, who are suspected of stealing historical artifacts and profaning graves. RAPAYAN exposes an intriguing cultural conflict between Rapayan's residents, less concerned with the past as they contend with the forces of modernization and globalization, and archaeologists eager to examine and preserve an ancient cultural patrimony. Can people confront the future when they have forgotten where they came from?
Secrets of Lost Empires
Call Number: CC77.H5 S4 2006 disc 1-3 In English
This film tests theories regarding the architectural achievements of ancient civilizations. Based on archaeological evidence, scientists conduct physical reconstructions of these theories to see if they would have actually worked. Disc 1: Colosseum & Stonehenge: Archaeologist Julian Richards, stonemason Roger Hopkins, and engineer Mark Whitby analyze the massive 4,500-year-old monument, Stonehenge, by constructing a small-scale version using Stone Age techniques. In Colosseum, engineers and architects test theories on how the ancient Romans constructed giant, retractable canopies that protected people from the sun in amphitheaters like the Colosseum. Disc 2: Inca: theories are tested regarding the ancient world of Machu Picchu in Peru. Topics covered in this episode include present-day people building bridges out of grass fiber and how the ancient Incas built walls made of huge blocks of stone with such precision that each block fits tightly with the next. Disc 3: Pyramid & Obelisk: theories about how ancient civilizations cut, moved, and constructed giant stone obelisks are tested. Scientists travel to Aswan, where these obelisks were cut from the quarries, to attempt to reconstruct the process with a 35-foot-long hunk of rock using what they think may have been the same techniques used by the ancients. Scientists also construct a small pyramid near the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys to Sacred Realms
Call Number: F3429.3.R58 .S5 2011 In English
Experience a drug more powerful than LSD. Ayahuasca is a entheogenic or psychoactive vine-based plant brew that have been used for healing by shamans for thousands of years. It is widely known throughout South America for its healing and visionary properties and in recent years has caught the attention of the Western world. Filmmaker Michael Wiese goes to the home of Don Jose Campos, a Peruvian shaman or curandero, to experience firsthand the healing and transformational aspects of Ayahuasca.
State of Fear
Call Number: F3448.2 .S83 2005 In English
The Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission's official report chronicles the atrocities of both sides during the twenty year war between Abimael Guzman's revolutionary "Shining path" Indian guerrilla movement and the establishment governments. The Commission presents an alternate lens through which citizens of Peru can evaluate the inequalities their Indian people sought to address and the inevitable ravages modern terrorism brings to everyone.
Tales from the Global Economy: The Cappuccino Trail
Call Number: HD9199.A2 T3 2004 In English
By following the trail of two coffee beans grown in the Peruvian Andes, this program looks at the stimulant, which, after oil, is the most globally traded commodity. One of the beans takes the route of the open market where its price is determined by commodities traders and analysts. The other bean finds its way into a gourmet coffee made by a company dedicated to paying fair prices to farmers for their high-quality organic crop.
Time Life's Lost Civilizations
Call Number: CB311 .T56 2002 vol. 2
Vol. 2: Greece: 500 years before the birth of Christ, the small city-states of Greece began a period of cultural excellence, and none was more advanced than Athens. Discover the architectural, intellectual and artistic achievements of the period, and the elements that led to the end of the glorious "moment of excellence." China: Study the "dynasties of power" from the 2nd century B.C. through the rise of the first emperor to discover the achievements of ancient China. While uniting a vast land the Chinese built the 2,600-mile Great Wall, invented paper, printing, the compass and the world's first system of justice. Rome: Rome developed from a town on the Tiber River to a formidable power that dominated the world as it was known. See what researchers have discovered about life in ancient Rome, from the harsh life of a legionnaire on guard at Hadrian's Wall to the gladiators in the Colosseum.
Voices of the Andes
Call Number: F2230 .Q43 2009
Qhapaq Ñan, known as the Great Inca Road, is an ancient network of roads spanning more than 8,000 miles, running through the heart of the Andes, from the ocean and deserts all the way to Machu Picchu. Constructed hundreds of years ago during the Inca Empire, this vast transportation network still weaves its way through modern-day Peru and Ecuador. More so than other remnants of the Inca civilization, Qhapaq Ñan is a symbol of a common identity that nourishes the dream of the Andean people to this day- to revive their cultural inheritance following centuries of European domination.