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A Guide to Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino-made film and video
Ranucci, Karen.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xi, 361 pages ; 29 cm
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PN1995.9.L37 G85 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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For decades, Latin American independent and national film and video makers have been creating innovative and authentic works about their own realities. Yet most of this work is never seen in the U.S. This unique directory helps educators, media users, and researchers locate over 400 films and videos made by Latin American and Latino film/video makers that are available in the United States. It provides descriptions of these works from a U.S. user's point of view. Professors from varied disciplines, including anthropology, political science, and Spanish and Portuguese language and literature, as well as film/video curators volunteered to evaluate these works. Their reviews provide important information about how to introduce these materials to U.S. audiences, and suggestions for how to use them in diverse core curricula. The film/video titles are indexed by subject, original title and English title for easy access, and a distributor's index provides contact information for purchasing and renting works.

Author Notes

Karen Ranucci is an independent video documentary maker, and founder of the International Media Resource Exchange (now the Latin American Video Archives), which facilitates the distribution of Latin American made film and video in the United States. She worked for ten years at Downtown Community TV Center in New York, and freelanced for NBC News.Julie Feldman worked for 4 years as the Associate Director of the Latin American Video Archives. She is currently Director of Education at the 52nd Street Project Theater Company.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This video guide was designed to expose U.S. audiences to films produced in Latin America by independent/national filmmakers and video makers. IMRE, the International Media Resource Exchange, has organized a Latin American Video Archive and Database, computerized information on more than 4,000 Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino film and video titles. They also created a reference and distribution service to assist users in locating and obtaining these titles. This volume represents the collective effort of educators, communications professionals, and arts programmers to evaluate materials from IMRE's list. The result is a directory of 445 films that are available for distribution in the U.S. The guide is arranged by country with titles listed alphabetically. Each title entry provides the original title; English title where used; genre (animation, documentary, feature, etc.); language; if available in English or with subtitles; director; distributor; producer; names of evaluators; description of content; strengths and weaknesses; a section called "Introducing the Tape," to indicate what background information might be useful for U.S. audiences; suggestions for ways to incorporate the film or video into a course or class; suggested readings; and academic level, from elementary school to university, with "university" appearing most frequently. In some instances, complementary titles are designated. The evaluators are listed in the opening pages while indexes and a bibliography organized by countries, Argentina to Venezuela, complete the volume. The indexes are arranged by subject, distributor, and title. This guide is easy to use and can be an aid to teachers and film students. Though designed primarily for those who would be using the films in an academic setting, the book would also be useful in academic and public libraries whose patrons desire more information on Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino film. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)

Choice Review

This unique resource meets the needs of educators who want information for classroom use about Latino-made audiovisual materials on Latin America and the Caribbean. Besides the expected information--e.g., director, producer, plot synopses (but no cast credits)--the 445 entries suggest ways to use the films and videos in educational venues, comment on the background North American viewing audiences would need to understand them, supply distribution information, estimate the appropriate academic level, and often list supplementary reading materials. Composite evaluations from at least three reviewers are provided in the "Strengths and Weaknesses" part of each entry. Organized by country, then by title, the guide has four indexes (subjects, distributors, and Spanish/Portuguese and English titles) and an extensive classified bibliography (with citations arranged mainly by country). Its nearest competitor is Ronald Schwartz's Latin American Films, 1932-1994 (CH, Sep'97), which reviews 400 films mainly with regard to their plots and critical reception, but is not aimed specifically at educators. Academic and selected public libraries will want this guide. C. Hendershott; New School for Social Research