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last updated: 12/3/2013

Film: Environment

Regions: Latin America (general)Caribbean, Central America, South America, Hispanics in the U.S., Iberia
Special Topics: Authors & Artists, Environment, Indigenous Peoples, Music & Dance, Political Leaders, Women
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Alexander von Humboldt. VHS, 52 min. B-ALF CC4804
Dramatization of Humboldt’s two years in Venezuela studying the animal and plant life of tropical rain forests and mapping the juncture of the Orinoco River with the Amazon.

Amazon: the invisible people. VHS, 60 min. F2546 .A438 1997  
Describes the efforts of Douglas Ferguson to help the indigenous people of Ecuador preserve the pristine rainforest.

The Amazon: a vanishing rainforest. VHS, 30 min. TD185.5.B6 A429 1987b | B-ALF NC2139
Examines the attempt to balance development and preservation in the Amazon region.

Amazonia: the road to the end of the forest. VHS, 96 min. B-ALF NC2038 pt.1-2
Examines the destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil as a result of government resettlement plans and investments from the World Bank.

Banking on disaster. VHS, 79 min. SD418.3.R6 B36 1987  
Documents the destruction of the Brazilian rain forest when a paved road, financed by the World Bank and the Brazilian government, encourages poorly planned colonization.

Cashing in on culture: indigenous communities and tourism. VHS, 28 min. B-ALF CC6351
Focuses on eco-tourism, an "environmentally friendly" vacation to third world countries with naturally beautiful landscapes. Focuses on the Quecha-speaking Indians of Ecuador.

The Chinampas. VHS, 31 min. B-ALF CC4248
Examines an ecologically sustainable system of agriculture and a way of life that has flourished in Mexico for 2,000 years.

Decade of destruction. 5 DVD-R, 55 min/each. GF532.A4 D43 2006 v.1-5. Also available on VHS, see call numbers below.
Chronicles the devastation of the Amazonian rainforest from 1980 to 1990.
[1] In the ashes of the forest, part 1. VHS. B-ALF CC5234
[2] In the ashes of the forest, part 2. VHS. B-ALF CC5235
[3] Killing for land. VHS. B-ALF CC5236
[4] Mountains of gold. VHS. B-ALF CC5237
[5] The killing of Chico Mendes. VHS. B-ALF CC5238

Desertification: life on the frontier. DVD, 24 min. QC929.28.S7 D47 2003
Shot on location in Spain, this program examines the processes that contribute to desertification as well as its physical and human consequences. (Grades 7-12)

O divisor que nos une: floresta Amazônica: gente e natureza = The divider that unites us: Amazon forest: people and nature = Le divisor qui nous unit: L'Amazonie: peuple et nature. DVD, 41 min. SB484.B72 D57 2004
Shows the intense process of collective growth around the existence of a National Park, registering the way of life, feelings, conflicts, pain, and the hopes of the people of this part of the Amazon.  

Ecology and the environment: Galapagos, Mauritania, Madagascar. VHS, 33 min. B-ALF NC2341
Segments about the ecology in varied locales: the Galapagos, Mauritania, and Madagascar. Profiles Ecuador's promotion of tourism in the Galapagos Islands,

Environment under fire: ecology and politics in Central America. VHS, 27 min. HC141.Z9 E5 1988 | B-ALF CC4007
Explores the issues behind the environmental crisis in Central America, a situation leading to increased poverty and hunger among its populace, along with potential solutions.

Flames in the forest. VHS, 52 min. B-ALF NC2123
Examines how the Amazon Indians of eastern Ecuador have resisted the invasion of international oil companies which seek to use the resource-rich region for intensive oil production.

The flying farmer. VHS, 27 min. B-ALF GC1665
Presents the work of a dedicated Canadian organic farmer, Yage Prztyk, who has established a commercial outlet for Peruvian organic coffee growers.

The fires of the Amazon. VHS, 44 min. SD418.3.A53 F57 | B-ALF CC6436
Delineates the struggle between development in Brazil and the growing destruction of the rain forests.

Grassland biomes. VHS, 20 min. B-ALF NC2400
Identifies the climates, life-forms, and behavioral adaptations in the pampas of Argentina, the veldt of South Africa, the steppes of Russia, and the prairies of the American west.

The grasslands. VHS, 16 min. B-ALF NC0754
Shows the world's grasslands, the variety of animal life they support and the use and misuse made of them by man: the dust bowl in the United States, the pampas of Argentina, and the savannah of Africa.

The Power of Place: world regional geography, no.15: Andes and Amazon. VHS, 30 min. B-ALF GC1754
Monitoring volcanic activity in Ecuador. Sustainable development for the Amazon in northeast Brazil's Para State.

The race to save the planet, no. 4: In the name of progress. VHS, 60 min. B-ALF NC2027
Visits Brazil and India to see how some environmental disasters began as well-intentioned development projects.

The race to save the planet, no. 6: More for less. VHS, 60 min. B-ALF NC2029
Citizens in Iowa, Brazil, Denmark, and India search for new ways to use energy more efficiently.

The race to save the planet, no.8: Waste not, want not. VHS, 60 min. B-ALF NC2031
Demonstrates how to generate less waste, as seen in Peru, Japan, Denmark, and California. Shows taking advantage of recycling and waste treatment.

Rainforest: the puzzle of biodiversity. VHS, 25 min. B-ALF NC2358
Presents the scientific problem, "How can such a huge and diverse number of species co-exist in one place?" and relates this question to research on a rainforest in Barro Colorado Island in Panama.

Runa: guardians of the forest. VHS, 27 min. B-ALF CC4214
Explain how the ecological knowledge of native Amazonian peoples such as the Runa--an Indian community in the Ecuadorian rain forest--offers hope for the future preservation of the rain forests.

Saviors of the forest. VHS, 90 min. SD414.E2 S285
A survey of the destruction of the tropical rain forest in Ecuador, and what various conservation groups are doing to stop it.

Sweet fresh water. VHS, 60 min. B-ALF NC1872
Follows the world's largest river system, the Amazon, from its source in the Peruvian Andes to its coastal delta in Brazil.

Três grandes chapadas. VHS, 50 min. In Portuguese with no subtitles. F2517 .T7 2000  
Paula Saldanha and Roberto Werneck travel to three large plateaus in Brazil.

A tropical rainforest. VHS, 26 min. B-ALF NC2335
Defines ecosystem and related terms and describes the contemporary Amazonian rainforest ecosystem.

Voices of the Amazon: Chico Mendes. VHS, 57 min. B-ALF NC2138
Examines the life and work of environmentalist and rubber tapper Chico Mendes, who started a modern movement to protect Brazil's tropical rainforests.

The water is ours, damn it! VHS, 33 min. HD4465.B5 W384 2000  
Documentary about a revolt against the privatization of the water system of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

When rivers run dry. VHS, 29 min. B-ALF FC1791
Probes contemporary conflicts over the available water in the Southwest among Anglo, Hispanic, and Indian farmers and among agricultural, industrial, and residential users. [U.S.]


last updated: 12/3/2013