Contact Information
  • Librarian: Luis Gonzalez
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E660
  • Phone: (812) 855-7416
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 12/3/2013

Film: Hispanics in the U.S.

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
Download a PDF of the complete bibliography

100 years of the Latino image in Hollywood cinema: the bronze screen. DVD, 120 min. PN1995.9.M49 A113 2002  
The Bronze screen honors the past, illuminates the present, and opens a window to the future of Latinos in motion pictures.

An American story with Richard Rodriguez, parts I and II. VHS, 60 min. B-ALF EC2488
Rodriguez discusses his experiences growing up in America as the son of immigrants, the loss of his "Mexican Soul," and his first exposure to the enchantments of American culture.

Americano as apple pie. The yearning to be--. VHS, 30 min. E184.A1 A4472 2001  
A detailed look at the fastest-growing minority in the United States, and what it means to be Latino and American.

Americano as apple pie. The blending of culture. VHS, 30 min. E184.A1 A447 2001
A look at the "three houses of Latino culture"-- Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American-- and their widespread influence, from entertainment to politics to economics.

Arturo Madrid. VHS, 29 min. E184.S75 M337 1988
Educator Arturo Madrid discusses the role of Hispanic Americans in American public life focusing on cultural and educational barriers created by the dominate, white American society.

Beyond Martin Luther King Jr. VHS, 18 min. B-ALF CC6224
Profiles leaders of the American civil rights movement from the 1950's to today.

Biculturalism and acculturation among Latinos. VHS, 25 min. E184.S75 B538 1992
Looks at how many Latinos struggle with pressures to reclaim and reaffirm their heritage while simultaneously facing pressures to assimilate into the dominant American culture.

Birth of a nation: 4x29x92. VHS, 62 min. F869.L8 B578 1994  
Offers a rare view of the L.A. rebellion which erupted within minutes of the verdict that acquitted the four police officers accused of brutally beating motorist Rodney King.

Birth stories: Jody. VHS, 13 min. B-ALF HC1690
Depicts a Hispanic couple's childbirth experience, which involves an induced vaginal birth with epidural anesthesia.

Birthwrite: growing up Hispanic. VHS, 57 min.
A look at the work of several Hispanic-American writers and how their poems, short stories, and novels reflect what it means and what it is like to grow up Hispanic in America.

La Boda = The wedding. VHS, 54 min. E184.M5 B637 2000  
Filmed in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in Mission, Texas and Shafter, California, this movie follows the life of a migrant community, primarily through the eyes of Elizabeth, whose wedding to Artemio concludes the documentary.

The Border crossed us. DVD-R, 26 min. E99.P25 B67 2005
Immigration law denies citizenship to many Tohono O'odham people who used to cross the USA-Mexico border freely, disrupting long established community and culture.

The border wall. DVD-R, 71 min. (Being Cataloged)
About the attempt by the Department of Homeland Security to erect 670 miles of walls along the 2000 mile southern border of the United States in the waning days of the Bush administration.

Brown is the new green: George Lopez and the American dream: a documentary. DVD, 60 min. E184.S75 B767 2007  
Examines how efforts to profit from Hispanic American culture have contributed to the shaping of its contemporary identity.

Carmelita Tropicana, Your kunst is your waffen. VHS, 28 min. B-ALF CC5225
Spends a day with Carmelita Tropicana, a Latina performance artist living in New York City.

Celia Cruz: an extraordinary woman--azúcar! DVD, 145 min. B-MUSIC 5810656
Traces the career of Celia Cruz, the "Queen of Salsa", from her beginnings with Cuba's Sonora Matancera to her international superstardom with The Fania All-Stars.

Chávez Ravine: a Los Angeles Story. DVD-R, 24 min. F869.L89 C493 2004  
Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village in the heart of downtown LA, razed in the 1950's to build an enormous low-income housing project.

Chicano! the history of the Mexican American civil rights movement. 4 VHS, 226 min. E184.M5 C4625 1996
Land, labor, educational reform, and political empowerment are the four themes of this documentary regarding the Mexican American civil rights movement from 1965 to 1975.

Chulas fronteras. VHS, 58 min. ML3481 .C496 1980z  
Features the music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas.

The Color of fear. VHS, 90 min. HT1521 .C627 1994
Looks at the pain and anguish that racism has caused in the lives of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino, and African descent.

The color of fear 2: walking each other home. VHS, 55 min. HT1521 .W275A
Continuation of the Color of Fear about eight North American men of different races who talk together about how racism affects them.

El contrato. DVD-R, 52 min. HD8108.5.M6 C668 2005  
Documents the experiences of Teodoro Bello Martinez, a father of four living in Central Mexico, and several of his countrymen who have contracted to work in a sprawling tomato greenhouse in Canada.

Corpus: a home movie for Selena. VHS, 47 min. ML3930.S43 C676 1998  
Corpus focuses on the singer's fans -- the people on both sides of the border who saw in Selena a symbol of hope and cultural pride, and the chance to emerge from a background of poverty and despair.

Crossing Arizona. DVD-R, 77 min. E184.M5 C756 2006  
Examines the border crisis as seen through the eyes of Arizona ranchers, border patrol agents, politicians, farmers, humanitarians, and Mexican migrants.

Cultural bias in education. VHS, 28 min. B-ALF EC2591
Examines roadblocks to Latino academic advancement as well as productive educational models.

De l'autre côté= From the other side. VHS, 99 min. HD8081.M6 D443 2002 | B-ALF CC6239
Examines the plight of poor Mexicans who try to emigrate to the United States illegally with the hope of a better life.

The devil never sleeps = El diablo nunca duerme. VHS, 87 min. HV6545 .D485 1996  
Early one Sunday morning, the filmmaker receives a phone call informing her that her beloved Tio Oscar has been found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Displaced in the New South. VHS, 57 min. B-ALF CC5621
Examines, through interviews, the living conditions and traditions of the growing Asian and Hispanic immigrant populations in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.

Down and out in America. VHS, 57 min. B-ALF CC4149
The realities of poverty in America, showing the homeless and activists for the homeless, including Latino group ACRON, which restores abandoned buildings for use by homeless families.

Dreaming in color. VHS, 25 min. B-ALF RC1841
Documents the life and painting of Pilar Pobil, a Spanish-born woman who migrated to Utah in 1943.

Dreams ensnared: Dominican migration. VHS, 22 min. B-ALF CC5895
Examines the emigration of Dominicans to New York to escape the poor socio-economic conditions in the Dominican Republic.

Ella es frontera = Border she is: a video. VHS, 25 min. B-LILLY PS591 ,M49 E67 2001
Based on writings of Pilar Rodríguez Aranda and the following Chicana poets: Lucha Corpi, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, Miriam de Uriarte, Liliana Valenzuela, and Yolanda Luera.

The fight in the fields: Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers' struggle. DVD-R, 116 min. HD6509.C48 F472 2006  | B-ALF CC5788
The story of Cesar Chavez, founder of the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.

From Sleepy Lagoon to Zoot suit: the irreverent path of Alice McGrath. VHS, 30 min. F869.L89 M435 1996  
The life and work of Alice Greenfield McGrath, with emphasis on her work in defending the rights of young Mexican American men in the Los Angeles area in the early 1940's.

Gathering up again: Fiesta in Santa Fe. VHS, 46 min. ISS GC1695
Documentary on the representation of history and the performance of ethnicity in one of the country's oldest community celebrations in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Geronimo: his story. VHS, 28 min. B-ALF CC5387
Portrays the life of an illegal alien in the U.S. Geronimo Mendoza Sanchez arrived in 1986, not knowing a word of English.

Guillermo Gomez-Pena. VHS, 30 min. B-ALF RC1758
The work of Mexican performance artist, poet, journalist, and activist Guillermo Gomez-Pena calls attention to relations between the U.S. and Mexico.

Go back to Mexico! VHS, 57 min. JV6926.S26 G6 1994  
One woman's attempt to immigrate illegally from Mexico to the United States is set amidst the background of growing public opposition to illegal immigration, particularly in California.

The guestworker. DVD-R, 53 min. HD8083.N8 G847 2006  
Documents the story of Mexican farm workers who enter the United States legally as part of the H-2A guest worker program, and looks at issues surrounding the program.

Harvest of shame. 55 min. DVD, PN4874.M89 H378 2005 | VHS, B-ALF CB1206
Depicts the problems of the migrant farm worker; analyzes factors contributing to the situation; and indicates several possibilities for alleviating the conditions.

How we feel: Hispanic students speak out. VHS, 21 min. ISS EC2546
Features college-bound high school students from Spanish-speaking backgrounds who reflect upon their educational experiences and suggest ways to improve schools for Hispanic and other minority students.

Human contraband: selling the American dream. VHS, 23 min. B-ALF CC6137
Investigates the illegal smuggling of humans from across the globe through Mexico and into the United States.

Immigrant nation, divided country. VHS, 45 min. E184.M5 I454 2004  
Looks at the lives of four families, some of whom are illegal immigrants to the United States from Mexico, others of whom are working against such immigration.

In the land of plenty. VHS, 62 min. HD1527.C2 I5 1999  
Follows Mexican migrant agricultural laborers in the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California.

Into the mainstream. VHS, 27 min. B-ALF EC2528
Portrays a 10-year old girl who is remarkably gifted, spirited, articulate--and blind. Demonstrates her adjustment to the sighted world at school, at home, and in her Latino community.

Judy Baca. VHS, 30 min. B-ALF RC1764
Judy Baca is known for her mile-long mural in Los Angeles depicting Chicano history. In this program she concentrates on completing a mural on the UCLA campus.

Latido Latino: senãs de identidad. VHS, 120 min. E184.S75 L346 2000  
Discusses the influence of Latin American culture in the United States through interviews with more than 50 Latin American immigrants living in New York, including musicians, dancers, artists, and writers.

The Lemon Grove incident. DVD-R, 58 min. LC2688.L47 L466 2005  
Examines the response of the Mexican-American community in Lemon Grove, Calif., to a 1930 school board attempt to create a segregated Mexican school in the district.

Miles from the border. VHS, 15 min. F869.L89 M446 1999
Describes the changes that have taken place in the last twenty years in an agricultural community north of Los Angeles.

Natives: immigrant bashing on the border. VHS, 28 min. HC137.M46 N3 1991 | B-ALF CC4784 
Documentary on the xenophobia of some Americans living in California along the U.S.-Mexican border.

New audiences for Mexican music. VHS, 30 min. B-MUSIC CAU2367
Part 1) Banda, a popular dance music that originated in Mexico over a century ago;  Part 2) Texas-based mariachi band, Campanas de América; Part 3) Tejano music.

The new Los Angeles. DVD, 55 min. F869.L89 A257 2005  
Paints a racially, economically, and politically complex portrait of Los Angeles from 1973 through 2005.

The new Underground Railroad. VHS, 30 min. B-ALF CC3202
The story of a group of church people in Madison, Wisconsin, struggling to decide whether or not to defy U.S. law by giving sanctuary to Salvadorans fleeing the horrors of military persecution.

Nuyorican Dream. VHS, 82 min. B-WELLS E184.P85 N895 2000 | B-ALF ISS CC6246
Follows five years (1995-1999) in the life of a New York Puerto Rican family struggling against poverty, drug addiction and incarceration, but also celebrates elements of community life.

Oaxacalifornia. VHS, 58 min. B-ALF CC5531
Tells the story of the Mejia family and how their Mexican heritage influences their lives in the U.S.

La ofrenda: the days of the dead. VHS, 50 min. GT4994.A4 O337 | B-ALF CC5557
Documents Mexican and Mexican American observances of Los Dias de Muertos.

One river, one country. VHS, 1986. B-ALF CC3521
Explores the unique social, economic, and political conditions developing in the communities along the U. S.-Mexican border, making this region almost like a third country.

Out west [Do you speak American series]. VHS, 57 min. B-ALF EC3064
Considers differences among Spanish-English dialects, such as Chicano English and Spanglish.

Palabra: a sampling of contemporary Latino writers. VHS + guide, 52 min. PS591.H58 P357 1993
Presents Latino writers reading their own works.

Parents in crisis. VHS, 14 min. B-ALF EC2555
Actors represent a therapist, a single Hispanic mother, parents of a "blended" family, and the parents of an intact nuclear family who are struggling with a misbehaving adolescent.

Patrolling the border: national security and immigration reform. VHS, 22 min. B-ALF CC6545
Discusses the issue of border security and the dangers faced by illegal immigrants crossing through the border between the United States and Mexico.

Refugees in our backyard. VHS, 58 min. B-ALF CC4172
Analyzes the Central American refugee problem, examining the debate over whether refugees come to the U.S. for economic or political reasons.

The salt mines. VHS, 45 min. HQ77 .S247 1990  
Explores the lives of Hispanic male transvestite prostitutes and crack addicts living in abandoned garbage trucks at a road salt storage facility near lower Manhattan.

Salt of the earth. VHS, 94 min. PN1997 .S142 1987 | B-ALF CB4021
Re-creates an actual year-long strike of Mexican-American zinc miners in New Mexico.

Santeros: saintmakers. VHS, 33 min. B-ALF RC1281
Documents the work of the santeros, Hispanic wood sculptors who continue the 300-year-old traditions of the earliest "saintmakers."

The shrine. VHS, 46 min. B-ALF CC4291
Focuses on the Santuario de Chimayo, an adobe chapel that is the site of the largest religious pilgrimage in the U.S., as an object of folk piety and spirituality that has endured into the late twentieth century.

Single mothers: living on the edge. VHS + guide, 29 min. HQ759.915 .S555 1989 | B-ALF CC4187
Introduces a single white mother, a teenage black mother, and a Spanish-speaking Hispanic mother, each of whom tells her own story of trying to support her family. 

Sixth section. VHS, 27 min. B-ALF CC6404
Follows a community of Mexican immigrants living and working in Newburgh, NY, who form an organization called Grupo Union to help their hometown of Boqueron, Puebla, Mexico.

Songs of the homeland. VHS, 57 min. B-ALF RC1838
Describes the history of Tejano music in South Texas.

Spirit doctors. VHS, 30 min. GN477 .S675 1996  
Follows three healers going about their daily work among Mexican-Americans in the lower Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, where the folk healing tradition still flourishes.

The status of Latina women. VHS, 26 min. ISS CC4681
Looks at the differences between the U.S. Latina and her Latin American and American counterparts.

Los trabajadores = The workers. VHS, 48 min. HD8081.M6 T72 2001  | ISS CC6290
Tells the story of immigrant day laborers, placing their struggles and contributions in the context of the economic development of Austin, Texas.

The transformation. VHS, 53 min. HQ77 .T735 1995  
(Sequel to The Salt Mines). Follows Ricardo as he rejects his street life to join a group of Born Again Christians in an effort to transform his life from that of a homosexual to a heterosexual.

Two dollar dance. DVD-R, 17 min. E184.M5 T874 2006  
Delves into the stories of men and women who leave their families and countries behind to work in the United States.

Walking the line. DVD-R, 58 min. E184.M5 W345 2006  
Explores the chaos of the border crisis along the Southern Arizona region as experienced by Mexican migrants, private citizens, vigilantes, and humanitarians.

War and violence. VHS, 52 min. B-ALF CC3491
Depicts inner-city Boston and a lesson on walking away from a fight and speaks to a young Hispanic in Oakland who talks about the machismo that underlies gang violence.

When help was there: four stories of elder abuse. VHS, 19 min. B-ALF CC6206
A Hispanic mother is threatened by her son, an African-American woman abused by her husband, an Asian couple put out on the street by their son-in-law, and a Caucasian man defrauded by a friend.

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.

Women of hope: Latinas abriendo camino. VHS, 29 min. B-ALF CC5481
Examines the lives of Latina women in the U.S. through interviews with twelve influential figures in both politics and the arts.

World of Piri Thomas.  VHS, 60 min. B-ALF CC1958
Tours Spanish Harlem guided by Piri Thomas, painter, ex-con, poet and ex-junkie.

Xavier Viramontes: printmaker : a life in print. DVD, 57 min. N6538.H58 X38 2008  
A profile of Xavier Viramontes, one of the most influential Hispanic artists of our time.

Yo soy. VHS, 50 min. B-ALF CC4039
Documents a series of interviews with Mexican-Americans discussing their ethnic pride, values, and culture.

last updated: 12/3/2013