Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center Acquires New Films

March 6th, 2014

The LARC Lending Library is pleased to announce some of our recent film acquisitions. These films are available to K-12 and university level educators around the country for use in their classrooms. Some common themes in the films include modern indigenous practices in the Maya area, the trials of dictators in Latin America, the relationship between peoples and their environment, and syncretism or the blending of cultural traditions to create new traditions. These films can be easily integrated in to Common Core standards at the K-12 level or into university level courses.

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator and Dictator in the Dock are two recently acquired documentaries about the trial of Efrain Rios Montt, former dictator of Guatemala. These films address attempts to bring Rios Montt to trial for war crimes, particularly against the Indigenous Maya peoples of Guatemala, and the trial itself. Granito is a full length film while Dictator in the Dock is a series of short episodes which are great for classroom use. A great use of alternative forms of media for integration into Common Core standards! The films will allow students to evaluate different methods of reporting on current events and educate them about genocide and civil war.

More information about the modern Maya and the continuation of traditional practices in the modern world can be found in Via Dolorosa (The Sorrowful Way) and Tajimoltik (Five Days without Name). These ethnographic films would be excellent for use with the Signs of Change curricula available on the LARC website.

Yaku Patsa: World of Water focuses on the culture of people in southern Peru through their relationship with water. The film highlights the effect of global warming and drought on people’s lives and livelihoods. This film would be a great companion to a unit on indigenous peoples in South America, global warming, or the importance of water as a non-renewable natural resource. Great for integrating information about the environment into social studies classes or vice versa.

The importance of cultural interactions and the blending of cultural traditions are highlighted in Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango. The film addresses how African music and dance influenced the development of the Tango, usually associated with Argentina. Showing this film can teach students about syncretism and the importance and effects of interactions between different resources.

LARC also recently acquired Rebel. For more information on Rebel and to read about the screening of the film hosted by the Stone Center, please click here.

Please look for these, and other resources, on the Lending Library website!