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Listed below are several selections from the Boeckmann Center's film collection on Video & DVD. Search HOMER for videos and films in other library locations related to Chicanos and Latinos, such as Leavey Library and the Cinema/TV Library on the ground level of Doheny Library.
To view any of the films in the Boeckmann collection:
visit the Special Collections department reference desk, 2nd floor of the Doheny Memorial Library, or
make a request in advance to view a film by clicking on the "page this item" link next to the call number of a film in the HOMER online catalog record.
Traces the painful transition made by four sons in the Ayala family who leave their close-knit family in Mexico to seek a better life in Kentucky. Struggling to fit in, they find a different version of the American dream.
Factory of dreams / produced and directed by Paul Espinosa -- Unfinished business / produced and directed by Hector Galán -- Not a drop to drink / produced and directed by Matthew Sneddon -- Winter Texans / produced and directed by Hector Galán -- A people divided / produced by Hector Gonzalez ; directed by Hector Gonzalez & Martin Rubio -- Culture clash / produced and directed by Paul Espinosa.
Examines the evolving relationship between the United States and Mexico. Each story focuses on issues affecting the border region: the crisis of water in desert communities; migration in and out of the area; litigation over who owns the land; the traditions of the region's indigenous people; and the work of performance artists grappling with defining the border through art.
Hollywood's first bad guy -- Enter the Latin lover -- If you talk like "deez" -- The graveyard shift -- Escaping the depression -- The Latin lover returns -- The black list -- Border clash -- The greaser returns -- Something's coming-- the 60's -- Meanwhile-- behind the camera -- The "s" word -- The urban greaser -- From silver to bronze -- El futuro.
The Bronze screen honors the past, illuminates the present, and opens a window to the future of Latinos in motion pictures. From silent movies to urban gang films, stereotypes of the Greaser, the Lazy Mexican, the Latin lover and the Dark lady are examined. Rare and extensive footage traces the progression of this distorted screen image to the increased prominence of today's Latino actors, writers and directors.
Episode 1 examines the events at Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, that sparked a national movement for social justice. It focuses on the 1967 struggle by Mexican Americans to regain ownership of New Mexico lands guaranteed them by the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and then visits the landmark Denver Youth Conference in 1969. The episode concludes with the Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War, held in East Los Angeles in 1970...an event that turned into a tragic riot resulting in the death of renowned journalist Ruben Salazar. Episode 2 examines the efforts of farmworkers to form a national labor union under the leadership of César Chávez. Episode 3 documents the Mexican-American struggle to reform an educational system that failed to properly educate Chicano students. Episode 4 focuses on the emergence in Texas of Mexican-American political power and the creation of a third political party, La Raza Unida.