Wealthy, middle-aged Armando lures young men to his home with money. He doesn't want to touch, only watch from a strict distance. Armando's first encounter with street thug Elder is violent, but this doesn't discourage the lonely man's fascination with the tough handsome teenager. Financial interest keeps Elder visiting him regularly and an unexpected intimacy emerges. However, Armando's haunted past looms large, and Elder commits the ultimate act of affection on Armando's behalf
The film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who over the course of 40 years build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
In Venezuela, 7 million children live in poverty, 4 million suffer from chronic malnutrition, 3 million do not go to school and 600,000 are abandoned. Violent death among minors is part of daily life. Many are results of vengeance, family violence and death at the hands of law enforcement. The most elementary human rights are violated in children's detention centers where adequate meals are lacking and disease goes unattended. Oliver is a child thrown out of his home by his alcoholic stepfather. Just like many others, he learns to survive in any way he can and is always living on the edge of death.
Bookended by a foiled attempt on Simón Bolívar's life in Bogota in 1828, the film charts the story of the revolutionary leader's impassioned fight for independence from Spain and creation of a united South American nation, the stories of love and loss in his life, the political intrigue and drama following his ascension to power, and his mysterious death.
The struggles of the streets of Caracas are presented through the life of Maroa, an eleven-year-old girl who lives surrounded by violence both in and outside her home. As a consequence of a mix-up in a shooting she meets Joaquin, a youth orchestra teacher, and so comes across a clarinet, a magical instrument that wakes in her an undiscovered passion.
Marie returns to a rundown Venezuelan house in the jungle where she spent summers as a child. Her return ignites memories of a summer when her adolescent sexual curiosity led to a surprising encounter.
Nine-year-old Junior lives in the chaotic city of Caracas with his haggard, out-of-work single mother and baby brother. Fixated on his appearance, Junior is convinced that his mother would love him more if he was able to tame the stubbornly curly hair--or 'bad hair'--he inherited from his absent father. But as he grows increasingly obsessed with his hair, his mother, in turn, finds him too difficult to handle--and a showdown looms.
Cheito, a street-wise Venezuelan conscript, is thrown together with Pedro, a straight-arrow volunteer in the Colombian army, when one deserts his company and the other lives through an ambush. They must survive guerrillas, drug producers, corrupt narcotics officers, and each other as they bungle through the jungle: first they are enemies, then allies, then friends, until women and politics test their loyalties.
It develops in Colombia. Tired of his family's stifling poverty, a young boy named Jairo gets involved with the world of crime when street kids coerce him to take part in a robbery. He takes on a job as a hired assassin---a "sicario"---for a local drug lord. He becomes an expert killer, and is soon immersed in a world where anyone can kill and die for money. However, when Jairo decides he's had enough, he quickly learns that there is no such thing as an easy way out.
Since the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998, the Venezuelan government has implemented reforms to transform the nation into what Chávez and his supporters refer to as democratic socialism and 'Bolivarian' democracy... Five Factories presents 5 case studies of factories producing aluminum, textiles, ketchup, cocoa and paper. Each of these factories has been transformed into cooperative partnerships between the worker and the state. Internally, the companies' decision-making structures are characterized by a lack of hierarchy. Teams of managers are elected by the workers and, in all cases, the work is organized from the bottom-up rather than the top-down by management.
Follows anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon as he collects anthropological field data (over 36 months spread over 8 years) among the Yanomamo Indians of southern Venezuela. It is both an examination of Yanomamo culture, and the "functional rerequisites" of culture, including demography, territory/technology, social organization, language and ideology.
Explores a day in the lives of three families living in Araya, an arid peninsula in Venezuela. For centuries, since its discovery by the Spanish, the region's salt was collected and stacked into white pyramids. Captured are the images from the salĩñeros toiling to build the mountains of salt, to fisherman hauling in huge teeming nets, and a young girl and her grandmother laying 'flowers' of shells on windswept graves.
Call Number: F2329 .H86 2008 In English or Spanish
Frontline looks at Venezuela's controversial and outspoken president, Hugo Chavez, and the revolution he claims is turning his country into an anti-capitalist beacon for Latin America and the world. Through the lens of his unique weekly program "Aló Presidente" and the eyes of the Venezuelans who know him well, Frontline digs below the surface of his presidency and his personality to try to understand the mercurial leader.
Call Number: F2329 .H84 2006 In Spanish and English
Ascending to the Venezuelan presidency on a wave of anti corruption, anti-poverty, and anti American sentiment, Hugo Chávez has become one of the most charismatic and controversial leaders on the world stage. This program details the rise of the Chávez government and the challenges it has faced in reforming the South American nation's economy and political culture. Incorporating incisive commentary from Venezuelan journalists, academics, and opposition leader as well as in depth interviews with Chavez himself this case study in developing world politics provides a penetrating look at a confrontational and transformative head of state.
In this special volume of the series, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks to members of the international press core about the advantages of socialism and explains why true democracy cannot exist under the latter. Noting that the American empires practice of privatization, foreign invasion, and violence is not conducive to a humanistic society, Chavez instead offers that the healthiest government is one in which all of its citizens play a role in its construction and development, that the ultimate voice is the voice of the people and that Venezuela will always be committed to maintaining that ideal. Taped on location in Caracas
In a remote corner of Venezuela lies one of the last unexplored places on Earth. Giant blocks of sandstone, their summits cut off from the surrounding landscape by sheer breathtaking cliffs, form a spectacular landscape. Here, the world's highest waterfall drops more than 3,000 feet down the face of a remote plateau, shrouded mountaintops hide the world's oldest rocks, and mystrerious creatures more ancient than the dinosaurs still survive. Filmmaker Adrian Warren follows in the footsteps of explorers who set out to reveal the seccrets and to discover unique life on Venezuela's ancient tablelands, which the local people call "tepuis."
Call Number: F2329 .R48 2004 In Spanish or English
This film follows Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez through the seven months leading up to his opponents' attempt to overthrow him in April 2002. The documentary provides an eye-witness account of the coup d'etat and Chavez's return to power some 48 hours later.
Discusses the life of Simon Bolivar, including family, education, military career, and his role in the freedom of the South American colonies. Also reviews the history of the colonies under Spanish rule, such as explorations, conquests, social and economic aspects as well as the culture of the people.
The duration and scope of the 19th century Latin American wars for independence dwarf all other conflicts in the New World up until that time. This program enhanced by period paintings, engravings, maps, and documents from The John Carter Brown Library's Bromsen collection and other esteemed collections of Latin Americana tells the remarkable life story of Simon Bolivar, founder of Bolivia and liberator of Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, and Peru from Spanish colonial rule. Although his dream of Latin American unity was not realized in his lifetime, Bolivar's passion for independence lives on.
Call Number: F2208.S68 2010 In Spanish and English
Director Oliver Stone visits seven presidents in five countries in South America to gain some understanding about the political and social ideas and the revolutions, and to clear up how people view them. Includes interviews with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Argentinean president Cristina Kirchner, Cuban president Raul Castro, Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Rafael Carrea (Ecuador), and Fernando Lugo (Paraguay).