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Las 13 rosas Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2007)
Based on true accounts, this film chronicles the lives of 13 young women known as the “13 Roses,” las menores, who became innocent casualties of the Spanish Civil War. Beginning with the stories of their personal lives and how they became affiliated with the Republican Party, in opposition to the new government of General Francisco Franco, the film recounts how these women were imprisoned, tortured for alleged conspiracies of which they were innocent, and brutally executed on August 5, 1939.
In Spanish with English subtitles
2 hours 4 minutes

 

 

El abrazo partido (Lost Embrace) Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Daniel Burman (2004)
Takes place in a marketplace in Argentina and centered around a young man, Ariel, who is trying to find his identity in a family that has often betrayed him. Ariel wishes to leave the country and move to Europe in hopes of getting a Polish passport and beginning a new life. However, when his father returns to Argentina after many years, Ariel realizes that he holds the answers to many of his unanswered questions and new hope for his life.
In Spanish with English subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Alejandro Amenabar (1997)
César, a handsome playboy, suffers a horribly disfiguring accident at the hands of a revengeful Nuria, his latest failed affair. Now that he’s lost his good looks, César’s relationships with his best friend, Pelayo, and the woman he is in love with, Sofía (who also happens to be Pelayo’s girlfriend), are difficult. His luck seems to change with the possibility of reconstructive surgery and a new relationship with Sofía…but is César’s new life too good to be true? A disturbing look into César’s desires, dreams, and memories; nominated for 10 Goya Awards, this original Spanish feature was the basis for Cameron Crowe’s 2001 film Vanilla Sky; special features include cast and crew information, production notes, and scene selection.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 57 minutes

 

El abuelo (The Grandfather) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
José Luis Garci (1998)
This Academy Award-nominated film is a story about love, family secrets, and upholding honor. The death of his son results in Count Albrit’s returning home to Spain to meet his two young granddaughters. He doesn’t expect to be burdened with the family secret — one of the girls is not actually his son’s daughter and is therefore not entitled to the family fortune or lineage — yet he sets out to discover which of the girls is his true grandchild and thereby worthy of his love and name.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
2 hours 26 minutes

 

Al otro lado Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Gustavo Loza (2005)
Story of loss and acceptance for Priciliano (Adrián Alonso), Fatima (Nuria Badih), and Rafael (Jorge Miló), three children from different countries — Mexico, Cuba, and Morocco, respectively — who all deal with the issue of immigration. The fathers of all three children have been forced to immigrate to other countries like America and Spain to provide for their families. These children, not being able to fully understand their situations, decide to embark on a journey in search of their fathers, a journey that will change their lives. Winner of the Lleida Latin-American Film Festival Audience Award for Best Film and Best Actress; movie made in collaboration with Universidad Iberoamericana, a Boston College partner Jesuit school in Mexico.
In Spanish with some Spanish subtitles (when Spanish is not spoken by the characters)
1 hour 26 minutes

 

Alambrista — The Director’s Cut USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Robert M. Young (1977)
After the birth of his first child in a small Mexican town, Roberto (Domingo Ambriz) decides to go to the United States and work for a period of time in order to give his son a good life. He successfully crosses the border with the help of some friends and works in a variety of field jobs. He meets new friends, who all change him in some way, from his first real friend in the U.S. to his American waitress girlfriend. In one of his jobs, he finds his father, who had left his family years ago to find work in the U.S. When Roberto later finds him dead due to the exhaustion of overworking in the fields, he acknowledges the misery of the immigrant lifestyle and decides to go back to Mexico to be with his wife and child. DVD also includes a 25-minute documentary on the lives of migrant workers’ children, as well as interviews and commentaries on the issue; accompanying 225-page English-language book Alambrista and the U.S.–Mexico Border: Film, Music and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants also available (ISBN: 0-8263-3376-1).
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 50 minutes

 

Ambiciones sinistras
SP 1.103
DVD to accompany ¡Anda! Curso elemental 2nd Edition. “A high-interest mystery story found in the culminating reading section and video segment of each chapter of the ¡Anda! Curso elemental textbook. The mystery story further contextualizes structures and vocabulary presented in each chapter while recycling material from previous chapters.”

 

Anita
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Marcos Carnivale (2009)
Anita is a young girl with Down syndrome. One day, while her mother is out on an errand, the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AIMA) is bombed in Anita’s vicinity. Confused, Anita explores the city in the aftermath of the bombing. Along the way, she encounters several people and spends some time with them: a man who has trouble paying child support, a Chinese immigrant family, and a nurse.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 44 minutes

 

Antes que anochezca (Before Night Falls) USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Julian Schnabel (2000)
This film focuses on the struggle of Cuban writer, Reinaldo Arenas, who grew up in communist Cuba and faced much opposition from the government not only for his writing but for his lifestyle. After being wrongly accused of a crime, Reinaldo escaped to the United States, where he hoped to find acceptance and freedom but found that there, too, he was lost.
In Spanish or English with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 13 minutes

 

El anzuelo (The Come-On) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Ernesto Rimoch (2003)
Dark comedy about the joining of two families. The family of the bride wishes to show her new mother-in-law that they can provide for a fully paid wedding and reception for the new couple. On the surface, it seems like a fairy-tale matrimony, until it is discovered that some of the wedding funds are missing.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 25 minutes

 

Aquí no hay quien viva Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVDs
Iñaki Ariztimuño (2003–2006)
TV series starring Alberto Caballero, Daniel Deorador, David Abajo, David Fernández, Ramón Tarrés, Laura Caballero, and David Deorador. This quirky comedic series follows a community of residents in an apartment complex in modern-day Spain. Mothers and sons, families and young singles, divorced people and newlyweds, this varied group of people go about their everyday lives and interact with each other in a series of entertaining incidents. Special features include scene selections, photo galleries; two episodes per DVD.
In Castilian Spanish, no subtitles
Each episode: 1 hour
Each DVD: approx. 2 hours
Total time of 8-DVD set: approx. 16 hours

 

Así es — Mariana 4th Edition
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Text-specific integrated video program to accompany the fourth edition of the first-year text Así Es by Levy-Konesky and Daggett (SP 1.073) © 2004 Thomson Heinle; program designed to develop student’s listening comprehension skills as well as provide cultural enrichment; follows the main character Mariana Benavides and her friends through various scenarios that help to introduce and illustrate the real-life application of the grammar and vocabulary of each of the text’s 18 lessons; DVD to be used with the Es decir activities of each chapter; also available in VHS format.
53 minutes

 

¡Ay, Carmela! Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Carlos Saura (1990)
Goya Award–winning (Best Actor and Best Actress) film; during the Spanish Civil War, three traveling performers — Carmela (Carmen Maura), her husband Paulino (Andrés Pajares), and their helper Gustavete (Gabino Diego) — are detained in Nationalist territory because of their suspected Republican sympathies. Instead of sentencing them for execution, however, the Italian officer in charge asks them to perform a play. Carmela resists the changes to the script that are necessary to fit with Nationalist ideals. Will she be willing to compromise her anti-fascist principles in order to save the lives of her band of actors? Special features include scene selection, movie trailer, photo gallery, and actors’ biographies.
In Spanish with the option of English or French subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

Azúcar amarga (Bitter Sugar) Cuba
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Leon Ichaso (1996)
A political love story that develops during the aftermath of the Cuban revolution, this real-life story provides a glimpse into the tragic lives of many living in Cuba today. The story is centered on two young lovers, the idealistic Gustavo (René Lavan) and his beautiful but wild girlfriend Yolanda (Mayte Vilán). As they struggle with their own conflicts, they have to survive in a country that has let them down too many times and makes them face the bitter reality of their corrupt government. They have to live in a world where many youth, like Gustavo’s own brother, react violently to the regime by injecting themselves with blood infected with AIDS, because they are in a world where there is no room for growth or progress. Nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language picture; special features include: theatrical trailer, actors’ and director profiles, and scene selection.
In Spanish with English subtitles
1 hour 42 minutes

 

 

La bestia (The Beast) Mexico, USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Pedro Ultreras (2011)
This documentary is about the journey that Central and South American migrants must endure in order to reach the U.S.–Mexico border.  “The Beast” is the name given to the perilous train(s) that they’re forced to depend on as a means of transportation.  The cameras follow a current group of migrants on these trains and capture real footage and personal interviews that record the unimaginable hardships that these individuals suffer along the unpredictable journey.  The director also gathers many stories of failure from former migrants who never reached their final destination.  The fact of the matter is that the real danger begins at Mexico’s southern border, and the tactics that America enforces to prevent illegal immigration along its southern border are only a small fraction of the migrants’ total challenge.  Special features include trailer (English & Spanish version), photo gallery, and director coments.
In Spanish or English with optional English subtitles
1 hour 33 minutes

 

Biutiful Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Alejandro González Iñárritu (2010)
Academy Award-nominated (Best Foreign Language Film) film starring Academy Award-nominated (Best Actor) Javier Bardem in the role of Uxbal, a man desperate to earn enough money for his two children. Uxbal engages in various criminal activities that expose him to the hardship and sorrow of Barcelona’s underground.  When the protagonist learns that he’s terminally ill with cancer, he faces yet another burden that clouds his judgement but helps him rediscover his moral compass. Special Features include “Behind Biutiful: Director’s Flip notes,” Biutiful crew, interviews with cast and crew, theatrical trailer.
In Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 27 minutes

 

Bread and Roses (Pan y rosas) USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Ken Loach (2002)
Award-winning (Phoenix Prize-Santa Barbara International Film Festival) film; story of illegal Mexican immigrant Maya (actress Pilar Padilla) working in unfavorable conditions as a janitor in a Los Angeles office building; labor organizer Sam Shapiro (Adrien Brody) attempts to get worker support for the union’s “Justice for Janitors” campaign to secure labor rights for the building’s employees. Story of division between workers and management, between family members. Scene selections and trailer also available.
In Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles (Spanish subtitles for English dialogue only)
1 hour 40 minutes

 

The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Nancy De Los Santos, Alberto Domínguez, & Susan Racho (2002)
Narrated by actress Wanda de Jesús, this feature-length documentary gives a thorough analysis of the history of Latinos in the American film industry. Numerous film genres are examined, including silent movies and urban gang films. Certain stereotypes are examined, including racism, encouragement by Hollywood for actors to change their names or dye their hair, and how Latinos/Latinas are represented in film as “Greasers,” “Lazy Mexicans,” “Latin Lovers,” and “Dark Ladies.” Incorporates interviews with numerous actors, directors, producers, cinematographers, set designers, and composers, including Ruben Blades, John Leguizamo, Rita Moreno, Alfonso Arau, Gregory Nava, and Luis Valdez, among others. Features profiles on Anthony Quinn, Rita Hayworth, Rita Moreno, Raquel Welch, Desi Arnaz, Cesar Romero, Carmen Miranda, Dolores del Rio, Lupe Velez, Ricardo Montalban, Jose Ferrer, and many more. Includes scenes from dozens of movies, including Chinatown, Colors, Days of Heaven, El Mariachi, Giant, Gilda, High Noon, King Kong, La Bamba, Like Water for Chocolate, The Magnificent Seven, Touch of Evil, The Blackboard Jungle, El Norte, Viva Zapata, West Side Story, The Wild Bunch, and Zoot Suit; additional features include film trailers on Anthony Quinn, Rita Hayworth, and Rita Moreno; scene selection.
English narration, with film clips in original language with English subtitles
2 hours

 

 

El caballero Don Quijote Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (2002)
This film, based on the second part of Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra’s 16th-century novel, takes up where the television miniseries El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (1991) leaves off. When Don Alfonso Quijano (i.e., Don Quixote de la Mancha) finds out that the Turks are coming down the coast, he sets off once more to engage in other battles, accompanied by his faithful squire Sancho Panza. Although Sancho has been promised that he would become governor of an island, Don Quixote’s priorities are clear: to undo the spell cast upon his beloved, the imaginary Dulcinea, the lady he has never seen. Winner of 2003 ADIRCAE Best Supporting Actor Award (Carlos Iglesias), 2003 Silver FIPA TV Series and Serials at Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming (Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón), 2002 Venice Film Festival City of Rome Award, Best Actor at 2003 Ace Awards (Luis Galiardo), and Best Cinematography (Mejor Fotografía) at 2003 Goya Awards; additional features include: on-screen synopsis, director’s comments, technical data, promotional edition of the film, trailer, the making of “Between Picture and Word,” and interviews with director and screenplay writer Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Juan Luis Galiardo (Don Quixote), and Carlos Iglesias (Sancho Panza).
In Spanish with optional English, French, or Italian subtitles
1 hour 57 minutes

 

Carla’s Song UK/Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Ken Loach (1997)
George (Robert Carlyle), a bus driver from Glasgow, meets Carla (Oyanka Cabezas), a sad young woman who attempts suicide shortly after they meet. He learns that she is a refugee from Nicaragua who fled her country because of political unrest and who fears that her boyfriend there has likely been killed. In hopes of helping Carla find her boyfriend and come to terms with her past, George buys two tickets to Nicaragua and accompanies Carla back to her country, where not only does he come to better understand Carla and her ways of reacting, but he comes to find himself as he opens his eyes to a different world.
In Spanish and English with optional English subtitles
2 hours 5 minutes

 

Carmen (Saura) Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Carlos Saura
This film serves as a modern flamenco interpretation of the Prosper Mérimée legend; When a group of flamenco dancers rehearse Mérimée’s drama, the choreographer and star dancer, Antonio (Antonio Gades), and the main female dancer (Laura del Sol) fall tragically in love and thus imitate the tragedy of the legendary Carmen.
In Spanish with optional Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Norwegian, or Swedish subtitles
1 hour 37 minutes

 

Las cartas de Alou Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Montxo Armendáriz (1990)
Award-winning (Goya and others) film dealing with the never-ending immigration issues that face Spain. Alou (Mulie Jarju), a young African man, decides to go to Spain to make money to send to his family in Africa. He learns to face all the issues (discrimination, cultural shock, and countless other obstacles) that illegal immigrants encounter when they come to a new country. He learns Spanish and is able to make a living by befriending other immigrants similar to himself and even falling in love with the daughter (Eulalia Ramón) of a Spanish man who owns a bar in the city where he worked. Alou writes colorful and positive letters to his parents in Africa, giving them details about his life in Spain. The letters give Alou a voice in a country where he is silenced.
In Castilian Spanish with optional subtitles in Castilian Spanish or French
1 hour 35 minutes

 

Cartoneros Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Prof. Ernesto Livón-Grosman of Boston College’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (2006)
Documentary about cartoneros (people who collect trash for a living) in Argentina who share their views on their lifestyle and on the system behind it. Sociologists, agriculturalists, and owners of recycling factories are also interviewed to get a broader understanding of the cartoneros’ systems and ways of life.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour

 

Chico & Rita
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD / Region A Blu-Ray disc
Fernando Trueba (2010)
Chico and Rita are aspiring artists; Chico is a pianist and Rita is a singer. Through their mutual musical talents, they quickly fall for each other. But both run into many complications, from past relationships and jealousy to drugs, murder, and greed. The obstacles set up by these complications lead to their repeated separation.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 34 minutes

 

El Cid USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Anthony Mann (1961)
This epic film tells the tale of the legendary Spanish hero Rodrigo, dubbed el Cid (Charlton Heston). At the time (11th century), Spain is divided amongst Christians and Muslims into various small kingdoms. In his quest to unite Spain, Rodrigo shows kindness and mercy to emirs, but is considered treasonous by Count Gomez de Gormaz (Andrew Cruickshank), the father of Rodrigo’s fiancée Jimena (Sophia Lorena). After her father dies as the result of a duel with Rodrigo, Jimena vows to avenge her father’s death, but realizes she cannot because of her eternal love for Rodrigo. The warrior Rodrigo embarks on a journey to unite all of Spain under the rule of King Alfonso (John Fraser), who occasionally betrays him despite Rodrigo’s loyalty. Before becoming the beloved leader of Valencia and the hero of Spain, Rodrigo is exiled, and his wife Jimena and children are arrested. In the end, he realizes his dream of uniting Spain but dies as a martyr in battle.
In English with optional English or Spanish subtitles
3 hours 2 minutes

 

El Cid — La Leyenda Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Jose Pozo (2003)
Animated film that recounts the story of Castilian nobleman Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, nicknamed El Cid by the Arabian people. Upon King Fernando’s death, Rodrigo finds himself caught up in a scheming world that put an end to the life of Sancho, the King’s first-born son and successor to the throne, and crowned his brother “Prince Alfonso” King instead. After being exiled by the King from his home, Rodrigo, together with a few of his friends and with the help of the Arab prince Al-Mutamin, will begin to reclaim lost territories and wage a war against the newly crowned enemy of the King, Ben Yussuff, who has sworn to conquer the peninsula. In his quest to receive King Alfonso’s pardon, recuperate his position at the court, and win back the honor of his beloved love, Gimena, Rodrigo will re-discover through his heroic adventures his deep universal respect for friendship, love and honor. Winner of 2004 Award for Best Animated Film at Goya Film Festival, 2003 Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya (Sitges Festival); available extras include: the making of the film, videoclips, trailers, art direction, PC/MAC websites, storyboards, and cast interviews.
In Spanish with optional Spanish or English subtitles
1 hour 23 minutes

 

Cilantro y perejil (Recipes to Stay Together) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Rafael Montero (1995)
This romantic comedy aims to answer the question, “Is it worthwhile to stay together?” Selena has had enough of her irresponsible, work-obsessed husband Carlos. After their separation, she soon discovers that finding the perfect man is easily dreamt, but not so easily done. Carlos learns that life is much more complicated without someone else to mind all the details. Will they rediscover the recipe to stay together, or will their differences continue to drive them apart?
In Spanish with English subtitles
1 hour 44 minutes

 

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Robert H. Gardner (2007)
In Islamic Spain, Muslims, Christians, and Jews used to coexist. Over time, each group wanted to purge the area of the others in a pursuit of power and wealth. Among the rising factions waging war against each other, the peace of the city slowly dissipates. Historians examine this period and ask the big question: will history repeat itself?
In English
1 hour 56 minutes

 

Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Alfonso Arau (1992)
Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquivel, this film set in the traditional Mexican countryside tells a tale of forbidden love. Tita, the youngest daughter, falls in love with newcomer Pedro. Although Pedro does return her love, the only way he can stay near Tita is by marrying her eldest sister. Tita realizes that she can passionately express her love for Pedro through the delectable dishes she prepares, while waiting for the moment she and Pedro can fully express their love for one another.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 45 minutes

 

Cómo ser mujer y no morir en el intento (How to Be a Woman and Not Die in the Attempt) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Ana Belén (1991)
Starring Carmen Maura as Carmen, a journalist and mother of two, and Antonio Resines as Antonio, her third husband. A critical and often humorous look at the complex lives of women in modern-day society, as represented by Carmen, who attempts to balance everything (stresses with her job, her children, her home, and most of all, her husband) while maintaining her own sanity; chapter index, theatrical trailer available.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 28 minutes

 

El contrato: The Contract USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Films for the Humanities and Sciences (2005)
Documentary showing the life and sacrifices of the Mexican farm worker in an 8-month Canadian work program; reveals the treatment of the workers while living in Canada, the difficulties experienced daily, as well as the hopes and dreams these men have for their families.
In English and partial Spanish with optional English subtitles
52 minutes

 

Cosas que dejé en la Habana (Things I Left in Havana) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (1997)
Winner of the Goya Award for Best New Actress, Best Director in the Ondas Awards, and the Silver Spike Award in the Valladolid International Film Festival. Three sisters emigrate from Cuba and move in with their Aunt María in Spain. Nena, Ludmila, and Rosa navigate the difficult situation of establishing new lives in their new country; special features include movie trailer and scene selection.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 43 minutes

 

El crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Carlos Carrera (2002)
Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this film explores the struggle of a young priest conflicted between his vocation and his love for a young parishioner. His own predicament is magnified in light of his fellow priests’ own dilemmas regarding the dictates of the Church and circumstance. Subject matter may be unsettling to some viewers. Bonus features include director’s commentary and behind-the-scenes making of the film.
In Spanish or English with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 54 minutes

 

El crimen ferpecto (The Perfect Crime) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Alex de la Iglesia (2004)
A comedy about a fight to the death, in more ways than one. Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) works in the women’s section of a department store and is currently waiting for a promotion. A salesman both at work and in his personal life, he cannot sell anything to anyone. As he competes with another sales associate, Don Antonio, for the position of floor manager, his rival disappears. As the prime suspect in Don Antonio’s disappearance, Rafael encounters several problems that seem to take over his entire life. Nominated for six Goya Awards.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 44 minutes

 

Cúal es el camino a mi casa (Which Way Home) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Rebecca Cammisa (2009)
This film focuses on the struggle of Central American and Mexican children that travel by themselves, placing their lives in danger as they travel on the roof tops of trains to cross the border to the United States of America. Along the way in search of a better life, they find themselves alone. This film is full of hope, struggle, and disillusionment as these children strive to survive.
2 versions of the film: 1 in Spanish with no subtitles, 1 in Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 23 minutes

 

¿Cuál revolución? — Hugo Chávez 1999–2004 Venezuela
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Asociación Civil Ciudadania Activa (2005)
Documentary account, through a series of interviews and news clips, of the progression of events in Venezuela during the five major years (1999–2004) of Hugo Chávez’s reign as President. All major events and protests are explained and shown, including the commentary of civilians during the protests; includes images of violence.
In Spanish, no subtitles
1 hour 16 minutes

 

Cuéntame cómo pasó Spain
Spanish television series featured on Spanish public television

 

 

De nadie: Morir cruzando (Border Crossing) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Tin Dirdamal (2005)
Immigration stories from Mexico’s southern border bring a shocking view of what is a less publicized migration from Central America through Mexico into the United States. This documentary narrates the stories of numerous immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala waiting to go to the United States and exposes the hardships (gang violence, corruption, hunger, abuse, abandonment, desperation) the immigrants face on their way to the U.S.; winner of the Ariel Award for Best Documentary, the Mayahuel Award for Best First Work, and the Audience Award in the Sundance Film Festival for Best World Cinema Documentary.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 20 minutes

 

Del olvido al no me acuerdo (I Forgot I Don’t Remember) Mexico
Region 1 and 4 (NTSC) DVD
Juan Carlos Rulfo (1999)
Documentary-style series of accounts about Juan Rulfo, the renowned Mexican author and father of the film’s director, as told in lively, animated fashion by a number of the elders in Rulfo’s town of Jalisco, Mexico. In this peculiar documentary the storytellers tell of their own past loves, deaths, and daily lives as they recount their memories of Juan Rulfo.
In Spanish with the option of English or Portuguese subtitles
1 hour 15 minuteS

 

Destinos
SP 1.045/1.074

A fully integrated video, audio and text program for learning beginning Spanish produced by the Annenberg/CPB Project and McGraw-Hill; includes:
(1) Fifty-two one-half hour VHS video programs using the telenovela format to present the dramatic story of a wealthy Mexican patriarch who reveals to his family a long-kept secret which leads to other important questions. “Raquel Rodríguez, a lawyer from southern California, is engaged by the family to conduct the search for the answers, a search that takes her (and the viewer!) from Mexico City to Seville, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Puerto Rico. Her travels lead to numerous suspenseful, awkward and romantic encounters.” Each episode presents vocabulary, structures and functions in a natural, conversational way.
(2) Fifty-two audiocassette lessons providing more than 20 hours of practice in listening to and speaking Spanish; audio lessons include exercises in pronunciation, vocabulary, conversation and listening comprehension co-ordinated with materials printed in the textbook and workbook/study guides.
(3) Print materials: (3.1) textbook containing activities to be completed before and after viewing the video, activities (conversations, etc.) coordinated with the audio program, vocabulary, grammar previews, and cultural notes; (3.2) workbook/study guides (parts I and II) containing reading and/or listening passages, grammar exercises, activities coordinated with the audio program, vocabulary, self-tests, worksheets; (note: Workbook/Study Guide II contains ¡A leer! sections featuring reading materials excerpted from authentic magazines and newspapers published in the Spanish-speaking world; also included: Repaso sections; (3.3) audioscript, a transcript of the materials found in the audiocassette program.

 

Días contados (Running Out of Time) Spain
All Regions DVD
Imanol Uribe (1994)
Starring Carmelo Gómez (Antonio) and Ruth Gabriel (Charo); thriller about Antonio, a Basque terrorist who is planning to blow up a police station in Madrid when he meets Charo, a prostitute and junkie; story of a passionate romance amid the chaos of drug dealing and violence.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 33 minutes

 

Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) Argentina/USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Walter Salles (2004)
Film chronicles Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s 1960s trip as a medical student through South America with his friend Alberto; shows the impact the immense poverty and suffering witnessed throughout his travels had on Guevara, the infamous Cuban revolutionary of historical note.
In Spanish with English subtitles
2 hours 7 minutes

 

Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Bill Groody (2005)
Produced by the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the University of Notre Dame; documentary illustrating the various aspects of immigration from Mexico into the United States as expressed by immigrants, border authorities, and political figures; special features include interviews with people in the documentary, scene selection, and trailer.
In English with optional Spanish subtitles
33 minutes

 

 

Ecuador: Divided Over Oil USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
(2005)
Produced by Films for the Humanities and Sciences as Part II in the series What in the World: The People of Developing Nations; documentary depicting how the Achuar people of Ecuador, among other indigenous communities, are suffering because of oil exploitation in their lands; film recounts how the Ecuadorian government and American oil companies (1) take and pollute the lands of these community-based tribes and native people; (2) conduct experimental drilling that alters the environment and introduces new illnesses like cancer to the native population.
English narration with portions in the Achuar language and Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
26 minutes

 

The Empty ATM: Argentina’s Broken Economy USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Angus Macqueen (2006)
CBS Wide Angle documentary about the Argentinean economic crash of 2001 and its effects on all of Argentina’s social classes, South America, and the world; includes explanations by Argentinean and American economists, as well as examples of Argentineans’ personal responses to the crisis — from going on reality TV to find employment to inventing a new Argentinean economy via a new supply-and-demand system where no money is exchanged.
In English
1 hour

 

Entre Nos USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Gloria La Morte & Paola Mendoza (2009)
Inspired by a true story, this film captures the tribulations of Mariana and her two children, immigrants from Colombia, as they survive their first summer in the United States. Having been abandoned by the children’s father in New York, Mariana is forced to scrape by alone with little more than an indefatigable tenacity and a mother’s love for her children.
In Spanish and English with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 22 minutes

 

El espejo enterrado
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Five 59-minute DVDs written and presented by Carlos Fuentes and revealing the comprehensive history of Hispanic culture and its contributions to the world; produced by Sogetel in association with the Smithsonian Institution and Quinto Centenario España on the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of Columbus; most suitable for advanced students; a 440-page text containing genealogies, maps, and color illustrations accompanies the series; also available 160-page workbook and study guide with integrated video script.
In Spanish, no subtitles
4 hours 55 minutes

Program Titles:

I.    La Virgen y el Toro
— Origins of the Spanish component of the Hispanic world; key events in Spain’s multicultural society

 

 

II.   La Batalla de los Dioses
— Lives of the people of America before 1492; first encounter between the Spanish and indigenous peoples of America; early colonial period

III.  La Edad de Oro
— Interaction between Spain and Latin America during the colonial era; achievements and heritage of the Golden Age of 16th- and 17th-century Spain; setting of stage for the age of revolutions

IV.  El Precio de la Libertad
— Causes and courses of the revolutions for independence in Latin America; impact on history of key figures of 19th-century and early 20th-century Latin America; context for the Mexican Revolution

V.   Negocio inacabado
— Impact of the present and the future of the cultural legacies of Spain, Latin America, and the Hispanic community in the US

 

El espinazo del diablo (The Devil’s Backbone) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Guillermo Del Toro (2002)
A hip, fast-paced, otherworldly chiller, incorporating elements of horror, suspense, and black humor. Young Carlos arrives at the menacing, cold building which is the Santa Lucia School, a shelter for the orphans of militia and politicians at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Little by little he discovers the dark secrets of the school, mysterious riches, and the ghost of a murdered student. Special features include: director and cinematographer commentary, making of featurette, storyboard comparisons.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 50 minutes

 

Estrenos de cine: Short Spanish Films and Activities Manual
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Cengage Learning
Accompanying book also available.
In Spanish with optional Spanish subtitles
1 hour 11 minutes

Medalla al empeño: A cyclist tricks a pawn shop into buying an Olympic medal he won.
Un juego absurdo: A student uses science to approach the girl he likes at a party.
Los elefantes nunca olvidan: A boy confronts his father who was never there for him.
Lo importante: A young soccer player is finally given the opportunity to play for the team after being placed on the bench repeatedly.
Ana y Manuel: A young woman is saddened by her boyfriend’s departure; she finds comfort in a puppy she adopts.
Juanita bajo el naranjo: A young boy eats a special fruit and experiences weird effects.
Barcelona Venecia: A man ends up traveling through cities while talking on a phone.
BOOK: A man presents new technology.

 

Eva Perón Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Juan Carlos Desanzo (1996)
This movie tells the story of the famous Eva (Evita) Perón, who, as a young woman, moved to Buenos Aires to try to be a star, and at the age of 26 found herself in the position of First Lady of the land. Forsaking the traditional ineffectiveness of that position, she became a champion of the people, fighting for social change and justice. Focus of film is on her battle against the oligarchy and military to become the official Vice President of Argentina.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 54 minutes

 

 

Fidel Castro USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Adriana Bosch (2005)
This PBS special on the leader of Cuba reviews his life and crucial events in Cuba’s history from Castro’s childhood to present-day Cuba. Through a series of news clips and commentaries by historians, professors, Castro’s classmates, and Cuban revolutionary leaders, Castro’s story in Cuba is retold. All major events in Castro’s 50-year history, both national and international, are addressed, including among others: the Revolution of 1958, the Bay of Pigs, and relations between/among Cuba, the United States, and the former U.S.S.R.
In English or Spanish with optional Spanish subtitles
2 hours

 

Flamenco (Saura) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Carlos Saura (1994)
Goya Award-nominated (Best Cinematography)  performance film that captures the beauty, art, and emotion of flamenco in music and dance; special features include scene selection, flamenco facts, bibliographies, and cast and crew list.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

Flores de otro mundo Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Icíar Bollaín (1999)
Goya Award-winning (Best Actor, Best Screenplay) film; set in a small town outside Valencia, Spain this film narrates three different stories about relationships, love, and race with women who are not what the men of the small town expected: (1) Through a singles program, Damián (Luis Tosar) finds a bride in a beautiful Dominican mother of two, Patricia (Lissete Mejía), but has to contend with his mother’s view of his new wife and Particia’s own past. (2) Carmelo (José Sancho), a lonely farmer, finds love in Marirrosi (Elena Iruret) a working woman with a home in the city. They court each other until they get tired of the back and forth trips that Marirrosi is always forced to make. (3) From Havana, Milady (Marilyn Torres) finds that she cannot love someone for his money and stability and ends up leaving Oscar (Rubén Ochandiano) in his lonely town. Special features include scene selection and actors’ biographies.
In Castilian Spanish with optional Castilian Spanish subtitles
1 hour 46 minutes

 

 

The Gatekeeper USA
All Regions (NTSC) DVD
John Carlos Frey (2002)
When a border patrol officer, Adam Fields (John Carlos Frey), decides to document border crossing between Mexico and the U.S. as part of an anti-immigrant propaganda campaign, he gets caught up in an illegal drug production plant. Fields comes to realize the horrors that people must endure not only to cross the Mexico–U.S. border, but also to stay in the US. He also comes to terms with himself as a Mexican-American and realizes the great sacrifices that his mother and other immigrants make to give him a better life.
In English with optional Spanish subtitles
1 hour 43 minutes

 

Goya in Bordeaux Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Carlos Saura (2000)
Film about the life and elaborate creations of the famous painter Francisco de Goya. Through an array of graphic nightmares and past dramatic encounters, Goya looks back on that time in his life when his love affairs and the fear of the French army were the leading inspirations for his works of art. The set for the film is unique in that it appears to be staged for a theatre while still retaining elements of film. Also included are notes about Carlos Saura and about the film’s principal actors.
In Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 45 minutes

 

 

Habana Blues Cuba
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Benito Zambrano (2007)
This film captures a detailed portrait of the contemporary Cuban lifestyle. Habana Blues also tells the captivating story of two amateur musicians named Tito and Ruy, and their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn their passion into a profitable business. When Spanish producers offer Tito and Ruy an inferior contract, they both feel indignant. However, since it’s their only real shot at a different life, the temptation remains extremely strong. The story intertwines political issues, which push so many Cubans to leave, with human emotions and relationships, which make those major decisions so complicated. Special Features include the making of Habana Blues, deleted scenes, and the theatrical trailer.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

 

Hable con ella (Talk to Her) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
This 2002 Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning Pedro Almodóvar film follows the efforts of a writer and a nurse desperate to escape their solitude through their relationships with a young dancer and female bullfighter, each in a coma. Getting to know each other first through their devotion to their comatose loves, the men find their budding friendship to be a true source of comfort as they wrestle with grief and criminal accusations. Includes director’s commentary and bonus trailers.
In Spanish or French with optional English or French subtitles
1 hour 54 minutes

 

Hecho en México (Made in Mexico)
All Regions DVD + Blu-ray
Duncan Bridgeman (2012)
This auditory documentary takes you on an expressive adventure through various important issues in contemporary Mexican life. From immigration to love to political resistance, the brilliant cinematography and rich musical scores of varying genres reveal a proud nation of people enthusiastically rallying to wake “the sleeping giant” that is Mexico. Extras include video clips, online booklet, vídeos inéditos.
In Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 42 minutes

 

El hijo de la novia (Son of the Bride) Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Rafael Belvedere has a hectic life: he is divorced, but has custody rights over his daughter, he dates a younger woman, and he owns a restaurant. In addition, his father is looking to remarry his mother who has Alzheimer’s. One night, Rafael has a heart attack. His visit to the hospital causes him to rethink his life and what he wants. With help from an old friend, Rafael begins to reorganize his life.
In Spanish with optional English or French subtitles
2 hours 4 minutes

 

La historia oficial (The Official Story) Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Luis Puenzo (1985)
Winner of 8 awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this drama, tells the tale of the downfall of a powerful Argentinian family. Alicia, wife of a successful lawyer, risks all in search of the truth about her adopted daughter who she suspects may have been stolen from a family of “los desaparecidos” (the disappeared ones).
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 50 minutes

 

Los hombres armados (Men With Guns) USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
John Sayles (1998)
After the death of his wife, Dr. Humberto Fuentes sets out to find his former students whom he had previously trained to provide health care to poverty-stricken indigenous people in primitive areas where they struggle to survive. Fearing that they may be caught in the political violence of the countryside — or, worse, lost or dead — he realizes that they have actually been menaced by military forces and guerilla groups — “men with guns” — who use torture, execution, and fear to intimidate the people. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize, OCIC Award, and Solidarity Award at the 1997 San Sebastián International Film Festival; additional features include director’s commentary, bonus trailer, interactive menus, and scene selections.
In Spanish with option of English, French, or Portuguese subtitles
2 hours 8 minutes

 

La hora de los valientes (A Time for Defiance)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Antonio Mercero (1998)
A museum attendant saves a painting from the imminent bombings during the Spanish Civil War. Presently he meets a woman in the train station who has lost her family, and he takes her back to his family’s home. Despite the threat of the war, he attempts to keep the painting intact, while also falling in love with the woman.
In Spanish with optional English and French subtitles
Approx. 2 hours

 

 

Imágenes 2nd Edition
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
To accompany the Imágenes, 2nd ed. textbook by Debbie Rusch, Marcela Domínguez, and Lucía Caycedo Garner © 2007 Houghton Mifflin Co.
Video episode titles: Saludos y despedidas (Chapter 2), La vida universitaria (Chapter 4), Dos celebraciones (Chapter 6), El buen sabor (Chapter 8), La vida de la ciudad (Chapter 10), Ritmos (Chapter 12); also includes a special supplement on Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo. In Spanish with optional Spanish subtitles; Ch. 2 [05:51], Ch. 4 [10:03], Ch. 6 [08:02], Ch. 8 [07:58], Ch. 10 [07:02], Ch. 12 [12:28], Suplemento [06:08]; 4 copies available.
Total time: approx. 57 minutes 32 seconds

 

Imágenes 3rd Edition
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD

 

 

Juana la Loca (Mad Love) Spain
Vicente Aranda (2001)
Goya Award-winning film featuring Pilar López de Ayala in the title role. Shortly after Queen Isabella of Spain sends Columbus off in search of the New World, for political motives she sends her young daughter to Flanders to wed the Archduke Philip. Although Juana is scared, she falls passionately in love with her new husband. He soon begins to wander in pursuit of other romantic ventures, which sends Juana into a perpetual state of jealous frenzy. Philip, eager to rid himself of his jealous wife and claim sole sovereignty of Castille, plots with his advisors to declare Juana mad and lock her away forever; also available in VHS (PAL) videocassette format in Spanish, no subtitles.
In Spanish with optional English or French subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

 

 

El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Guillermo del Toro (2006)
As the Spanish Civil War rages in some parts of Spain, a small girl, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), begins to live in a fantasy world where good has to defeat evil. As her evil stepfather, General Vidal (Sergi López), makes life impossible for her and her mother Carmen (Adriana Gil), she turns to a fairytale where she is an underground princess and must complete three tasks for her return back home. While Ofelia is immersed in her fantasy world, the outside world is one of cruelty and misfortune, all brought about with the help of General Vidal. Special features include audio commentary by the director, marketing campaign, the making of the film, photo galleries, the mythology of Pan’s Labyrinth, and scene selection; nominated for 58 awards and winner of 67 awards including 3 Oscars and 7 Goya Awards.
In Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 59 minutes

 

Land and Freedom UK/Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Ken Loach (1995)
After going to a lecture about the Spanish Civil War, David Carr (Ian Hart), an Englishman from Liverpool, decides to join the militia made up of working men and women from all over Spain and Europe in resistance against the Fascists in Spain. While fighting in the front lines against the Fascists, he grows close to Blanca (Rosana Pastor), another militia woman. As lives are lost in the fighting, David realizes more and more the corruption that is the government. Special features include: scene selection, theatrical trailer, commentary by the director, the making of the movie, and filmographies; winner of Goya Award (Best Actress) and nominated for the Golden Palm in the Cannes Film Festival.
In English and Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 49 minutes

 

El lápiz del carpintero (The Carpenter’s Pencil) Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Antón Reixa (2003)
Based on the book by Manuel Rivas; touching story of love and survival told through the eyes of a prison guard, Herbal (Luis Tosar), during a time of conflict in Spain. Daniel (Tristán Ulloa), a doctor and political activist, is incarcerated for being in alliance with the Resistance. His lover Marisa (María Anánez), daughter of an influential high-society father, does everything she can to get her fiancé out of prison. As Daniel’s keeper, Herbal becomes obsessed with the love of the couple and does everything he can to keep Daniel safe for his return to Marisa. Nominated for six awards, including a Goya Award, and winner of three awards, including Best Actor in the Mar de Plata Film Festival; special features include: photo galleries, movie trailer, the making of the film, and scene selection.
In Spanish or Gallego with the option of Spanish or English subtitles
1 hour 46 minutes

 

La lengua de las mariposas (Butterfly) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
José Luis Cuerda (2000)
Film focusing on the life of a young boy growing up in a small Spanish town during a time of national crisis. When it comes time for Moncho to go to school, he meets a loving mentor (Fernando Fernán Gómez) who opens the little boy’s mind to a whole new world of ideas and thoughts, and for the first time Moncho is forced to make important choices for himself. As civil war breaks out in the country, Moncho and his family must choose whether to be supporters of the new republic or side with the present government. Moncho’s friendship with his beloved teacher is strongly tested as the civil war rages on; also available in VHS videocassette format in Spanish with English subtitles.
In Spanish or French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 34 minutes

 

Lugares comunes (Common Ground) Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Adolfo Aristarain (2002)
When Fernando Robles (Federico Luppi), a university literature professor in Argentina, is forced to retire because of governmental corruption and the economic downturn, he and his wife Lili (Mercedes Sampietro) must reduce expenses and adopt a new lifestyle outside of Buenos Aires. They purchase a small lavender farm in the countryside and attempt to start a new business. Having trouble adjusting to his new life, the professor aspires more to being a novelist, but that aspiration will be cut short. After a trip to the mountains, Fernando suddenly falls ill with pneumonia and dies, yet not before saying good-bye to his estranged son Pedro, temporarily returned from Spain and voicing to his wife thoughts he had never previously expressed aloud.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 52 minutes

 

Los lunes al sol (Mondays in the Sun) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Fernando León de Aranoa (2002)
After the local shipyard lays off two hundred workers, six friends find themselves struggling to make a decent living. Together they deal with the stress of hopeless job searches, harassment by the courts, marital difficulties, and alcoholic despair. This dark comedy critiques the cold, crippling individualism of capitalist society while celebrating the value of friends and community.
In Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 49 minutes

 

La luz prodigiosa (The End of a Mystery) Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Miguel Hermoso (2003)
During the Spanish Civil War, a boy saves the life of a prisoner of war. When the boy enlists in the army, he leaves the wounded victim to be cared for in a convent. Decades later, the boy, Joaquin Panjero (Alfredo Landa), now an old man, returns to Granada, where he finds the man whom he had named Galapago (Nino Manfrredi). Aided by an acquaintance, Adela (Kiti Manver), he then embarks upon a quest to determine the man’s identity. Both Panjero and Adela come to believe that Galapago is the famous poet Federico García Lorca, who was executed near Granada but whose remains were never found.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 45 minutes

 

 

Machuca Chile
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Andrés Wood (2004)
Under the government of socialist President Salvador Allende in 1970s Chile, the principal of Saint Patrick School in Santiago attempts to integrate students of different socioeconomic classes. This is how Gonzalo Infante, from an upper-class family, befriends Pedro Machuca, from a poor neighborhood. The two boys come of age against the backdrop of the political turmoil of General Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 coup d’état. Nominated for the Oscar in 2005 for Best Foreign Film; special features include the trailer, the making of Machuca, interview with the director, and biographies of Wood and others who worked on the film.
In Spanish with optional English or French subtitles
1 hour 56 minutes

 

La mala educación (Bad Education) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Pedro Almodóvar (2004)
Struggling actor Ángel (Gael García Bernal) visits his childhood friend, now prominent Spanish director Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez). Ángel has written a semi-autobiographical screenplay based on the boys’ experiences growing up at Saint John’s Catholic School and the lessons they learned under teacher and principal Father Manolo (Daniel Giménez Cacho). Ángel’s script is not the only version of the disturbing events that occurred at the school, however, as Father Manolo may help explain. Nominated for the Goya and BAFTA Awards along with 27 other nominations and 11 wins; special features include: commentary by the director, deleted scenes, red-carpet footage, the making of the movie, photo gallery, and movie trailer.
In Spanish with English subtitles
1 hour 45 minutes

 

Maldeamores (Lovesickness) Puerto Rico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz and Mariem Pérez Riera (2007)
Comedy/drama; this film is about the many ways that emotions of love can influence life. Three stories focus respectively on relationships between youthful, middle age, and elderly characters, in order to portray various perspectives of love. Some of the protagonists achieve an ultimate satisfaction, but the film also shows the harsher realities of love. Special Features include alternate endings, making of, and a picture gallery.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 28 minutes

 

Mar adentro (The Sea Inside) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Alejandro Amenábar (2004)
Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning (Best Foreign Language Film); this emotionally charged film, based on a true story, relates the final years of Spanish poet Ramón Sampedro (played by Oscar nominee Javier Bardem), who, at the age of 26, became a quadriplegic when he dove into shallow water near his house and broke his spine. Now, almost thirty years later, Ramón spends his final days petitioning the conservative Spanish government for the right to die with dignity by means of an assisted suicide. Additional features include commentary by writer-director Alejandro Amenábar, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes documentary A Trip to the Sea Inside, storyboards, photo and set design galleries, and theatrical trailer.
In Spanish with the option of English or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 5 minutes

 

María, llena eres de gracia (Maria Full of Grace) Colombia
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Joshua Marston (2004)
Story of a girl stuck in the middle of the Colombian drug trade. Sick of her job in rural Colombia, Maria takes the offer to bring drugs into the United States. Acting as a drug mule, Maria must cross the border with pounds of drugs in her system. When things start to go wrong for Maria, the movie takes a turn as she tries to survive in the United States.
In Spanish with the option of English, Spanish, or French subtitles
1 hour 41 minutes

 

El método (The Method) Spain /Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Marcelo Piñeyro (2005)
Psychological drama in which seven hopeful applicants are summoned by the Human Resources Department for what they believe to be a group interview for an executive opening in the Dekia Company. Through the “Grönhol method,” the candidates go through a series of games so psychologically and emotionally brutal that each rejected candidate comes to question his/her own life. In the end, there is one “winner” of the Grönhol method and the position in the company, but not before the new Dekia employee compromises his life and the lives of others.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

 

La misma luna (Under the Same Moon) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Patricia Riggen (2008)
A single mother, Rosario (Kate del Castillo), leaving behind her only child Carlitos (Adrián Alonso) to the care of his elderly grandmother, decides to look for a better life in the United States so that she might better support him. After his grandmother dies unexpectedly, in shock and saddened by his separation from his mother, Carlitos decides to embark on his own journey to the United States. After finding a couple willing to smuggle him into the States, complications arise and he ends up alone trying to make it across to L.A. On his journey he meets a number of characters, including Enrique (Eugenio Derbez) who, in addition to saving his life on numerous occasions, helps him locate his father. In the end, Carlitos and his mother are finally reunited after years of separation, but not without some sacrifices.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 46 minutes

 

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) Spain
Region1 (NTSC) DVD
Pedro Almodóvar (1988)
Pepa (Carmen Maura) and her longtime lover Iván (Fernando Guillén) have just split up. As she tries in vain to contact him throughout the course of the day to settle some of their affairs, she sees she is not the only woman dealing with a crisis at the moment. Pepa tries to sell her apartment to a complicated couple, a friend is having trouble with the law, and a recently-released mental patient is on Pepa’s tail. Somehow, Iván seems to be related to all of them. Nominated for the Academy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Film, along with 15 other nominations and 18 wins including the Goya Award for Best Movie.
In Castilian Spanish, English, or French with option of English, French, or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 29 minutes

 

 

Nadie conoce a nadie (Nobody Knows Anybody) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Mateo Gil (1999)
In this Spanish thriller, Simon, a young aspiring writer working for the Seville newspaper, receives a threatening phone call insisting that he use the word “adversary” in the next crossword puzzle. After he complies with this demand, he slowly begins to uncover a terrifying conspiracy in which all the events seem to implicate him. With events spinning out of control and the authorities after him, Simon must discover and defeat his true adversary before time runs out.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 44 minutes

 

Los niños invisibles (Invisible Children) Venezuela/Colombia
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Lisandro Duque Naranjo (2001)
Film about three young friends who wrestle with the rules of black magic in order to become invisible. When the boys finally wrangle the courage to complete the spell, they come to understand the true advantages of being seen. Spanish commercials with English subtitles also included.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 31 minutes

 

El Norte USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Gregory Nava (1983)
After being persecuted in their village in Guatemala, Rosa (Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez) and her brother Enrique (David Villalpando) decide to flee to “the North,” the United States. As they travel from Guatemala to the U.S. border, they encounter the typical obstacles against which immigrants from Central America crossing through Mexico struggle, including racism and robbery. Once across the border they face more hardships in America: language and culture barriers, racism, poverty, and unemployment. Nominated for the Oscar and the WGA Award for Best Screenplay and won the Grand Prix des Amériques.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
2 hours 19 minutes

 

Nostalgia de la luz (Nostalgia for the Night) Chile
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Patricio Guzmán (2010)
The Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth. Out here, there are two groups of interest: a team of astronomers and a band of women. The Atacama Desert offers the most fascinating view of the skies for the astronomers as they observe the stars. For the women, the Atacama Desert is a place to reminisce. Scattered within the dry lands are the bodies of their ancestors and families. These women search for the truth as they dig for their loved ones’ bodies.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes

 

Nuevos Destinos
Three Region 1 (NTSC) DVDs
Updated version of Destinos containing 15 episodes: detective duo Raquel Rodríguez and Lucía Hinjosa are back, solving another mystery for the Castillo family.
SP 1.081
Total time: 4 hours

 

Nueve reinas (Nine Queens) Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Fabian Bielinsky (2000)
Award-winning film (7 Silver Condor Awards, including Best Picture) which follows the oddly matched partnership of two Argentinian con artists, Juan (Gastón Pauls) and Marcos (Ricardo Darín), through a 24-hour-long con to sell a set of rare stamps, the “nine queens.” With each twist of fate, both men become less certain as to who is playing whom, with the con escalating to an unpredictable finish; theatrical trailers included.
In Spanish with option of English or French subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

 

La otra conquista (The Other Conquest) USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Salvador Carrasco (1998)
During the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 1500s, Hernán Cortéz ordered the murder of thousands on Aztecs in the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan. However, Topiltzin (Damián Delgado), one of the illegitimate children of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma, survived. He was sentenced to death for assaulting a priest, however that same priest, Friar Diego (José Carlos Rodríguez) took it upon himself to convert this young Aztec. After completing the conversion of the faithful Aztec, in the end Friar Diego learned that there was never a need for conversion.
In Spanish and Nahuatl with optional English subtitles
1 hour 45 minutes

 

Pan y rosas (Bread and Roses) USA
See description above under Bread and Roses.

 

Pantaléon y las visitadoras (Captain Pantoja and the Special Services) Peru
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Francisco J. Lombardi (1999)
Based on the book by Mario Vargas Llosa. The incredibly self-disciplined Captain Pantaleón Pantoja (Salvador del Solar) is given the task to set up an escort service for military men in Peru stationed in the jungle. As soon as he embarks on this project, it becomes an obsession and causes trouble with his wife Pochita (Mónica Sánchez). In the course of the movie the Captain falls in love with the beautiful but dangerous Olivia, also known as “la Colombiana” (Angie Cepeda). The escort service turns out to be very popular and successful, but a tragic turn of events changes the service and everyone’s lives forever. Special features include scene selection and extra movie (Vidas Privadas). Winner of 10 awards and 4 nominations, including Best Foreign Film for the Goya Awards.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 59 minutes

 

Paraiso Travel USA/Colombia
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Simon Brand (2008)
Award-winning film starring Ana de la Reguera, Margarita Rosa de Francisco, John Leguizamo, and newcomers Aldemar Correa and Angelica Brandon. Story of Marlon Cruz (Aldemar Correa) and his adolescent girlfriend Reina (Angelica Brandon), who leave Colombia to seek their fortune in New York City, arriving in the U.S. by illegally crossing the Mexican border.
Two audio tracks available: Spanish with optional English subtitles or dubbed English
1 hour 50 minutes

 

La película del rey (A King and His Movie) Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Carlos Sorín (1985)
Multiple awards-winning film (Argentinian Film Critics Awards for Best First Film, Best New Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, as well as Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film and other awards). Trying to make a blockbuster movie about the real-life story of an obscure historical figure who proclaimed himself the King of Patagonia, an ambitious young film director struggles with the reality of creating a film with limited resources, including an amateur cast — most with no acting experience — no money, and an imposing and desolate landscape.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 37 minutes

 

Popi USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Arthur Hiller (1969)
Drama about Abraham, an eccentric, single Puerto Rican father who is trying to give his two boys a better life after seeing them slip into the life of the ghetto. He hatches a plan to have his two sons wash ashore as Cuban immigrants off the coast of Florida so that they can be adopted and raised by a rich family. Abraham’s plan works and the boys are rescued, but the family’s desire to stay together could destroy their opportunity for a better life.
In Spanish or English with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 53 minutes

 

Por la libre (Dust to Dust) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Juan Carlos de Llaca (2000)
Award-winning (Ariel — Mexico) film; story of the problems of a somewhat dysfunctional family in Mexico: As the family reunites at the house of Rodrigo Carnicero (Xavier Masse), the news of his son’s latest wedding causes his death. Carnicero dies with family secrets still to be uncovered. The complicated will left behind makes no sense to his money-crazed sons. His grandsons Rocco (Osvaldo Benavides) and Rodrigo (Rodrigo Cachero), however, could care less about the will and just want to carry out their grandfather’s last wish. To do so, and despite their dislike for each other, the two embark on a hilarious and unpredictable road trip to Acapulco. In the course of the trip, they learn about each other and about family secrets that will forever change their lives.
In Spanish with the option of English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 36 minutes

 

Qué tan lejos (How Much Further?) Ecuador
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Tania Hermida (2006)
Story of two travelers with different motives who embark on a trip to Cuenca, Ecuador. While travelling by bus, the adventurous Esperanza (Tania Martinez), who has come all the way from Barcelona to see Ecuador, one day meets Tristeza (Cecilia Vallejo), a pessimistic university student who has decided to set out for Cuenca in hopes of stopping her on-and-off boyfriend from marrying his long-time girlfriend. During the bus ride, a national strike breaks out, causing all roads to be blocked and impeding the two women from getting to Cuenca — that is, until they decide to hitchhike. During their travels, they meet some interesting people who make them reevaluate themselves and their motives.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 45 minutes

 

Recycled Life USA/Guatemala
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Leslie Iwerks (2006)
Documentary about the thousands of Guatemalans who have lived and worked in the toxic Guatemala City Garbage Dump, the largest in Central America, since the 1940s; film follows the lives of a few workers, including children, for a period of about six years. Audio CD soundtrack available; English narration by Edward James Olmos.
Segments in Spanish with English subtitles
38 minutes

 

Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales) Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Damián Szifrón (2014)
An anthology film that details six stories each with the common theme of revenge and crossing towards barbarism. The first story, “Pasternak”, tells the story of a couple on a plane who comes across a man named Pasternak with whom they do not have a good history. “The Rats” details how a waitress at a restaurant encounters the loan shark who ruined her family. “The Strongest” recounts how Diego tries to overtake a slower car in front of him, but how the other driver, Mario, is not so receptive towards this idea. In “Little Bomb”, a father is missing his daughter’s birthday because his car was towed away, giving the father reason to take action against the towing company. “The Proposal” follows and tells how a wealthy father tries to cover up for the actions of his son, a teenager involved in a hit-and-run accident in which a pregnant woman was killed. Finally, in “Until Death Do Us Part” a bride, upon discovering that her groom has been cheating on her with one of the wedding guests, takes matters into her own hands to get back at her newlywed husband. 
In Spanish, English and French with optional English and French subtitles
Each film approximately 20 minutes
2 hours 2 minutes (total time)

 

Revista: Conversación sin barreras Film Collection DVD
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
José A. Blanco (2014)
With accompanying book
In Spanish with optional Spanish or English subtitles
1 hour 42 minutes

Viaje a Marte: A boy wants to travel to outer space. His grandfather drives him to a place that resembles Mars.
Diez Minutos: A man tries to persuade his phone company to give him information on a phone call made from his phone.
Nada que perder: A cab driver meets an aspiring actress one day. Sometime later he meets her again, but things have changed.
El ojo en la nuca: A young man tries to get revenge for what the military did to his father when he was younger.
La aventura de Rosa: A young woman reads of an interesting book that talks about things which surround her and the possible scenarios.
Ella o yo: A man is forced to choose between his pet llama and his wife.

 

El rey Colombia
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Antonio Dorado (2004)
Before Pablo Escobar, a Colombian drug lord, there was Pedro Rey (Fernando Solórzano), an infamous Colombian coke dealer. From his humble beginnings to his sudden murder, his is a tumultuous life. Starting with stolen merchandise, Pedro and his partner “el Pollo” (Marlon Moreno) begin to deal cocaine from Pedro’s small restaurant. Pedro happens to run into Harry (Olivier Pagès), an American humanitarian, who is in search of some business. Through cheating, betrayal, and corruption, Pedro, el Pollo, and Harry become an unstoppable force. Special features include scene selection, theatrical trailer, and behind-the-scenes footage.; winner of the Golden Pre-Colombian Circle Award in the Bogotá Film Festival and nominated for 3 awards including a Goya Award.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 32 minutes

 

Romero USA/El Salvador
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
John Duigan (1989)
Starring Raúl Julia in the title role of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador. This film chronicles the life of Archbishop Romero and his transformation from a complacent priest to an impassioned leader of the Salvadoran people. After witnessing years of oppression, Romero takes a stand against the terror and death squads in his country, a stand which leads to his assassination on March 24, 1980.
In English or Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 45 minutes

 

Santos peregrinos (Holy Pilgrims) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Juan Carlos Carrasco (2004)
A remake of the Spanish film La comunidad. When the community finds out that the relics they use annually for their local Posada are made of gold, the whole neighborhood goes wild with greed. The colorful characters shut themselves up in their apartment complex and plot against each other to steal the relics, resulting in various casualties. It is not until a love-stricken teen sets off a bomb in the complex that people somewhat settle down.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 31 minutes

 

Salvando al soldado Pérez (Saving Private Perez) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Beto Gómez (2011)
Story of how one of the most powerful drug lords embarks on a mission to save his brother, who is held captive in Iraq. In order to fulfill his mother’s wish, Julian Pérez brings together four of his most powerful allies and asks them to go with him to rescue his brother Juan. Through this journey, they find themselves being attacked by Iraqis and Americans as they cross paths in this war. Through hilarious and thrilling danger, Julian Pérez not only rescues his brother but other American soldiers.
In Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 43 minutes

 

El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in their Eyes) Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Juan José Campanella (2009)
Retired federal agent Benjamin Espósito begins to write a novel about a cold case. At Espósito's request, his former department chief Irene Menéndez recounts the Coloto case: a young and beautiful woman was mercilessly raped and murdered in her apartment, leaving a depressed widower and no traces of the assailant. Espósito works with his assistant Pablo Sandoval and Menéndez to uncover the truth behind this tragic case. However, up against a corrupt government and an injust law system, the trio get more than they bargained for.
In Spanish or French with optional English or French subtitles
2 hours 9 minutes

 

Senderos: Comunicación y conversación en español
DVD to accompany Senderos by Doutrich & Rivera-Hernández listed in Spanish Basic Language Study Recordings.
SP 1.099

 

Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (Sex, Shame and Tears) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Antonio Serrano (2004)
Award-winning (Silver Ariel — Mexico) film; in this comedy/drama, two married couples (Susana Zabaleta, Victor Hugo Martin, Cecilia Suárez, and Jorge Salinas) find themselves on the verge of divorce. Visits by others from their past bring them to the realization of their differences and intensify the desire for divorce; illustration of the bonds of friendship formed through gender and the limits of relationships
In Spanish with option of English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 48 minutes

 

Sin dejar huella (Without a Trace) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
María Navaro (2000)
Story of two women and the journey that forges a friendship between two very different people; Aurelia (Tiaré Scanda) is a mother of two, working in a factory. She decides to leave her town after hearing that women in the factory are being murdered. In her attempts to run away, she meets Marilú (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón), who is trying to hide from her past. Marilú is an educated woman who makes a living by selling fake Mayan art. As both women attempt to escape from their past, they learn about themselves and are able to understand that they have more in common than they think.
In Spanish with the option of English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 51 minutes

 

Sin nombre (Without Name) Mexico/USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Cary Fukunaga (2009)
Film that provides insight into the violent and shocking lives of La Mara gang members in Honduras; plot = Willy (Edgar Flores), a young man, is involved with La Mara until the gang kills his girlfriend. He then meets a beautiful girl named Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) after he accidentally kills the head of his gang. Willy leaves with Sayra and her family as they try to cross over to the United States, but La Mara, intent on avenging their leader’s death, follows him and Sayra is forced to continue her journey alone; sexually explicit, violent content — viewer discretion advised. In Spanish with the option of English or French subtitles; 1 hour 36 minutes.

 

Solas (Alone) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Benito Zambrano (1999)
Award-winning film (Audience Award, Best Picture 1999 Berlin Film Festival); heartfelt story of love, forgiveness, and the power of emotion. Drama exploring the lives of women poor in material possessions but abundantly rich in emotions: Maria, a beautiful if rebellious woman lost in an obscure city in the south of Spain, engages in drinking, smoking, and thievery; longs for anonymity; and harbors anger at the world in which she lives. Her mother arrives to stay with her and gently attempts through her love and devotion to rescue her daughter.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 38 minutes

 

Soldados de Salamina (Spain)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
David Trueba (2003)
This film, based on Javier Cercas’s 2001 true story, tells the story of a young woman, Lola Gercas, a literature professor and novelist who takes on an assignment to write about a deceased writer, Rafael Sánchez Mazas, one of the founders of the fascist “Falange” party. Although thought to be executed by the Republican troops during the Spanish Civil War, this mysterious man was not only saved by a young soldier but also protected by the “Friends of the Forest,” a group of men who lived in the woods away from the ensuing battles. Joaquin Figueras, one of the last surviving Friends of the Forest, appears in the film, along with several other people who took part in the shelter and capture of Mazas. Winner of Best Screenplay Award at Copenhagen International Film Festival, and Un Certain Regard at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival; additional features include alternative footage, filmographies, the making of the film, an interactive menu, music video, and scene access.
In Spanish with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

 

La soledad (Solitary Fragments) Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Jaime Rosales (2007)
Goya Award–winning (Best Film, Best Director) film; portrait of the intertwining lives of two women living in Madrid: Adela (Sonia Almarcha), a single mother of a one-year-old son, whose life is forever altered by a terrorist bombing; and the widow Antonia (Petra Martínez), a single mother of three grown daughters, whose tranquil life is interrupted when she and her daughters, one of whom is Adela’s roommate, must face difficult health, lifestyle, and other challenges.
In Spanish with the option of English or French subtitles
2 hours 5 minutes

 

Sugar USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (2008)
Like many of his peers in the Dominican Republic, Miguel "Sugar" Santos spent his whole life trying to play baseball professionally in the United States. When this poor, 19 year-old Dominican pitcher is recruited to a minor league team in rural Iowa, the culture, language, and athletic pressures become too much for the naive young man to handle.
In English/Spanish or Portuguese with option of English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French subtitles
1 hour 54 minutes

 


También la lluvia (Even the Rain)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Icíar Bollaín (2010)
Sebastian is a director who tries to direct a revision film about Christopher Columbus. He heads to Bolivia, since hiring extras there is cheap. Sebastian encounters problems with the villagers as they are protesting his government’s privatization of the villagers’ water. Thus, Sebastian’s revision film is put on hold.
In Spanish or “Gallego” (Galician Spanish) with optional English or French subtitles
1 hour 39 minutes

 

Tango Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Carlos Saura (1998)
The film recounts the process of producing a tango show. At the same time, the show’s director, Mario (Miguel Ángel Solá), falls in love with one of the play’s protagonists, Elena (Mía Maestro). Special features include: scene selection, production notes, commentary from the director and actors, the making of the film, and the theatrical trailer; nominated for the Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Film.
In Spanish with option of English, French, or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 53 minutes

 

El tango en Broadway (Tango in Broadway) Argentina/USA
All Regions (NTSC) DVD
Louis Garnier (1934)
Starring Carlos Gardel, tango composer and singer, as Alberto Bazan, this movie portrays the life of a young man living in New York, whose life goes through a change, as he recieves an unexpected visit by his uncle from Argentina.  Alberto has to construct a story about what he does and who his real lover is. Through laughter and adventures, the uncle becomes enchanted by New York’s night life and finds love in Alberto’s lover and Alberto falls in love with his pretend fiancée.
In Spanish and English with optional Spanish, Portuguese, and English subtitles
1 hour 23 minutes

 

Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes) Spain
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Icíar Bollaín (2003)
Award-winning film (Goya Awards — Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress); empowering and dramatic journey of a woman, Pilar (Laia Marull), who is emotionally and physically abused by her husband, Antonio (Luis Tosar), a jealous man with a violent temper. The film begins with Pilar’s journey of separation from her husband. With the help of her sister and friends, Pilar gets a job at a museum, which gives her the courage to integrate into society and to leave her abusive husband. Special features include trailers, director’s commentary, actor’s biographies, deleted scenes, and images.
In Castilian Spanish with the option of subtitles in Castilian Spanish, English, or French
1 hour 43 minutes

 

Tiempo de valientes (On Probation) Argentina
Region 1 & 4 (NTSC) DVD
Damián Szifron (2005)
When Mariano Silverstein, a psychologist, gets put on probation for his involvement in a car accident, he could never imagine the situations he would find himself involved in. In order to fulfill his penalty, he is assigned to give free therapies to Alfredo Díaz, a crime investigator, who is having a crisis after he discovers that his wife is cheating on him. Both Mariano and Alfredo learn to trust each other and go through a dramatic experience after they follow the steps of a corrupt investigator, who is dealing uranium and has protected and killed many men in the process. It is a film about trust, crime, and justice.
In Spanish with optional Spanish or Portuguese subtitles (no English subtitles)
1 hour 52 minutes

 

 

Traffic USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Steven Soderbergh (2000)
Academy Award-winning film starring Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Quaid, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Film depicts the violence and intricacies of the drug wars in Mexico and the USA from various points of view: those of a young teenager who consumes drugs, her father, the newly appointed president in charge of combating drug trafficking, policemen both in Mexico and the U.S., and a family whose lives are based on drug trafficking.
Original presentation in English with Spanish subtitles and Spanish with English subtitles.
Optional English, French and Spanish subtitles available
2 hours 27 minutes

 

Traficante de sueños (Sleep Dealer) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Alex Rivera (2008)
Memo seeks atonement for inadvertently causing the death of his father in Santa Ana. Without his father, Memo’s family struggles to make ends meet; the whole village is in shock, as his father was well respected. To assuage his guilt, Memo travels to Tijuana in order to make some money for his family. On the way to Tijuana he learns of “nodes,” which when installed on one’s body, allow for memories to be traded for money. By having these nodes installed, essentially a form of cheap labor, Memo hopes to make up for his father’s death.
In Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes

 

La tragedia de Macario USA
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Pablo Véliz (2005)
Based on true events in the lives of Mexican immigrants trying to cross the border in May 2003. When Macario (Rogelio T. Ramos) loses his job, he and his best friend Felipe (Victor Agustin) decide to go to the North in hopes of providing their families with a better life. Victims of rampant corruption, they are left to die in empty train compartments on their way to the United States. Special features include movie trailers, behind the scenes footage, and scene selection. Winner of the Producers Award in the Houston Pan-American Film Festival and the 2006 Xicanindie Film Festival in Denver Colorado; nominated for the 2006 Sundance Festival, the 2006 Santa Barbara Film Festival, the 2005 Guadalupe Cinefestival, and the 2006 SXSW Film Festival.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 24 minutes

 

Vacas (Cows) Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Julio Medem (1992)
Film set in the Basque country, beginning at the time of the Carlist War in 1875 and ending during the Spanish Civil War of 1936; story of the ongoing relationship and generations-long rivalry between two families in Northern Spain, the Irigibel and Mendiluce families — a relationship/rivalry born of a single act of cowardice in wartime.
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 36 minutes

 

Valentín
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Alejandro Agresti (2002)
Valentín is an 8-year-old boy who just wants to live a normal life like any other kid. But his situation at home does not allow for that: his father routinely comes home with a new girlfriend, and his mother is nowhere to be seen, and so he is left with his widowed grandmother. Due to his intelligence, people around Valentín treat him like an adult. With many family problems and wisdom beyond his years, how can he hope to live just like any other kid?
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 23 minutes

 

El Ventilador: Curso de español de nivel superior
DVD
To accompany El Ventilador by Guerrero et al. listed in Spanish Basic Language Study Recordings.
SP 1.097

 

Vidas privadas (Private Lives) Argentina
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Fito Páez (2001)
When Carmen Uranga (Cecilia Roth) returns to Argentina to visit her dying father, she is once again faced with the horrible tragedies that forced her to leave her country 20 years ago. While in Argentina, she meets a young man with whom she falls in love, particularly because of his voice. As Carmen begins to love again, demons of her past begin to surface. She and others are changed forever as she shares the details of her past with her sister Sofía (Chunchuna Villafañe) and lover Gustavo (Gael García Bernal).
In Spanish with English subtitles
1 hour 37 minutes

 

La virgen de los sicarios (Our Lady of the Assassins) Colombia
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Barbet Schroeder (2000)
Film that tells the tale of a retired author, Fernando, who returns to his hometown of Medellín to die. There he finds that his once-peaceful village has become infected with violence, drugs, and corruption. Fernando is so jaded that the change in his hometown is almost pleasant to him. Amidst the madness, Fernando forms a unique relationship with a young street-hardened criminal named Alexis. Together they roam the streets of Medellín, visiting the sites of Fernando’s lost past.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

Vistas culturales: Spanish Cultural Video Series
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Pearson Education (2008)
Vistas Culturales, by Pearson Education, is an introductory-level series of video segments intended to provide basic information about Spanish language and culture throughout the world. The program consists of 19 ten-minute introductions to various Spanish-speaking countries. Each segment begins with a short description of the country, including its location, its size, and information about notable people from that country. Native speakers, each highlighting specific details about each country’s culture, narrate all of the segments.
In Spanish, no subtitles
3 hours 10 minutes (approx.)

 

Viva Cuba
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD-R
Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti and Iraida Malberti Cabrera (2005)
In Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 20 minutes

 

Voces de la calle
SP 1.101/SP 1.102
DVD to accompany Hoy día: Spanish for Real Life

 

Voces inocentes (Innocent Voices) Mexico
Region 1 and 4 (NTSC) DVD
Luis Mandoki (2005)
Chava (Carlos Padilla) is an 11 year-old boy caught in the middle of the 1980s civil war in El Salvador. The eldest in his family, he is considered to be the man of the house now that his father has left. Aside from having to help provide for his family, he is now caught in a town that stands between the guerillas and the military. Chava and his friends struggle to maintain their childhood in a world that forces them to grow up and lose their innocence.
In Spanish and Portuguese with the option of English, Spanish, or Portuguese subtitles
2 hours

 

Volver Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Pedro Almodóvar (2007)
Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) and Sole (Lola Dueñas) are sisters whose parents died in a fire years ago. Their aging Aunt Paula insists that the spirit of the girls’ mother has stayed behind in their home village to take care of her in her old age. Is Aunt Paula living in the past, or is there some truth to her ghost stories? A crisis with Raimunda’s daughter and husband will reveal this and many other family secrets.
In Spanish with optional English subtitles
2 hours 1 minute

 

Which Way Home (Cuál es el camino a mi casa) Mexico
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Please see description above under Cuál es el camino a mi casa.
2 versions of the film: 1 in Spanish with no subtitles, 1 in Spanish with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 23 minutes