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Puerto Rican & Puerto Rican Diaspora

Independent documentaries by and about Puerto Ricans present a much-needed visual record of social justice activism in the island and in the United States.


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Hugh King & Lamar Williams
1987, 58 min., Color, US
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 42 min., BW, US
EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: twn.tugg.com/titles/break-and-enter
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Felix Rodriguez
2005, 50 min., Color, US
Art, labor and family blend in this intimate documentary about performance artist Caridad De La Luz, better know as 'La Bruja'. Born and raised in the Bronx, this daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants takes the number 6 train to downtown Manhattan where she performs at popular New York City venues. She reads her poetry in Joe's Pub, stages her one-woman show in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and performs at Def Poetry Jam. But opportunities are scarce and she struggles to make ends meet in an industry where 'to keep it real' often means to work for free.
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Newsreel
Producer: NEWSREEL
1968, 12 min., BW, US
EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: twn.tugg.com/titles/case-against-lincoln-center
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Eduardo López & Peter Getzels
Producer: Wendy Thompson-Marquez
2012, 90 min., Color, US
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Renata Gangemi & Ruben Gonzalez
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 10 min., Color, US
Three shorts featuring performances by some of New York City's vanguard Latino poets:
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1970, 11 min., BW, US
When a city-run health clinic in the South Bronx fails to meet the needs of the city, local residents and health workers force a strike and then run the clinic themselves.
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Lina Hoshino & Gwyn Kirk
Producer: Lina Hoshino, Gwyn Kirk & Deborah Lee
2012, 65 min., Color, US
LIVING ALONG THE FENCELINE tells the stories of seven grassroots women leaders from across the Pacific to Puerto Rico whose communities are affected by the U.S. military presence in their backyards. Although not considered war zones, these strategic locations are part of a global network of 1,000 U.S. bases that allows the United States to go to war anytime, anywhere. These women are not four-star generals or White House strategists. Their expertise comes from living with the tragic hidden costs to life, health, culture, and the environment.
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Iris Morales
1996, 48 min., Color, US
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Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1978, 30 min., Color, US
EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: twn.tugg.com/titles/nuyorican-basquet
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 50 min., BW, US
EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: twn.tugg.com/titles/el-pueblo-se-levanta
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Sara Echaniz & Maria Christina Villaseñor
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2000, 13 min., Color, US
A short documentary about the first accredited high school for peace and justice, the El Puente Academy is located in a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood in Brooklyn. A case study of how individual and collective efforts by the community can make a difference in improving its conditions for the next generation.
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Al Santana & Denise B Santiago
2012, 52 min., Color/BW, US
SALTY DOG BLUES features a group of men and women of color who served in the United States Merchant Marine from 1937 – 1989. This nine-year project examines their development as a multi-racial and international labor force, their contributions to the World War II efforts, their relationship to the National Maritime Union and the Seafarers International Union, and a dispute over lost health benefits.
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Sonia Fritz
Producer: Frances Lausell
2006, 24 min., Color, Puerto Rico
This documentary captures the colors, music and culture that inspire the art of Samuel Lind, an Afro-Puerto Rican painter, graphic artist and sculptor. Originally from Loiza, Puerto Rico, Lind celebrates Afro-Puerto Rican culture in his work and is inspired by the Santiago Apostle Festivities, the popular bomba music and dance, local personalities and the beauty of the east coast scenery. Also an activist, Lind heads a movement to stop gentrification in his beloved coastal town.
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Juan C Dávila
2016, 20 min., Color, Puerto Rico
Shot in Puerto Rico, THE STAND-BY GENERATION explores the challenges of young workers seeking secure and stable jobs. The majority of the jobs offered to the new generation of workers in Puerto Rico are precarious. This documentary follows the lives of young people caught in the ‘precariat’ world of part-time and temporary under-employment devoid of security. This new generation of university graduates is choosing to stay in Puerto Rico despite its ongoing financial crisis, but they are forced to struggle to survive by any means necessary as their aspirations are placed on standby.
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Christine Choy & Susan Robeson
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1972, 35 min., BW, US
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Juan C. Dávila
2016, 68 min., Color
For more than sixty years the United States Navy used the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, to test military weaponry and to train soldiers. Decades of opposition from the local community and international allies, lead to the withdrawal of the armed forces and the ending of all military activity on the island and its surroundings. After more than a decade of this departure, the Viequenses demand to the US Government a full cleanup, and the complete return of their lands. Unsatisfied with the lack of commitment from federal and state agencies to assume their responsibilities, the Viequenses face a new struggle for justice within their island.
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Ariana Allensworth, Teresa Basilio & Regina Eaton
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2015, 19 min., Color, US
This documentary traces the memories and experiences of families living on one block located in South Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood that is affectionately known by long time residents as Southside or Los Sures. In the past decade, Southside’ Latinx and working class population has steadily decreased from seventy to forty-five percent, in part due to gentrification in New York City. In this film, Puerto Rican families who have lived and raised children in Los Sures for several decades talk about their quest to preserve a sense of community in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.
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