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Dutch reporters from the ZEMBLA TV program have been studying the Cheeto Bandito and his ties with shadow Russki figures. Here’s what they found: [Mas…]


This 18-minute 1970 documentary film depicted the educational and environmental problems faced by LA’s Mexican-American kids back in the day. Has anything changed?


This 1946 educational film from Encyclopædia Brittanica presents a period look at immigration to the New World. “Negroes” are mentioned once, Native Americans are invisible, and Mexicans don’t show up until the very end, but it’s an interesting film pitching the “nation of immigrants” meme. Good public schools are important for the Melting Pot, they note, the quest for freedom brought many persecuted refugees here, Congress started blocking “undesirables” (Asians, Southern and Eastern Europeans) in 1924, and yet there’s the Statue of Liberty who lifts her lamp beside the golden door. History: You’re soaking in it.

felipaFirst-generation Texas-born Filipa wants to be teacher, and she gets some early experience when she helps her uncle learn English so he can obtain a driver’s license for a new job. The documentary short Felipa: North of the Border is from 1970 and aired on CBS. [Mas…]

streetgangsPublic affairs documentary producer Charles Cahill presents Street Gangs: Challenge to Law Enforcement a 1970s training movie digitized from a 16mm film purchased on eBay, according to YouTube uploader GuilfordGhost.

Who are the OG’s in the video? Recognize anyone? Has anything changed? [Mas…]


Yojani Pérez Rivera aka Mamerto and his 23yG crew are on the skating edge of the new Cuba. This just-released documentary short is part of a fundraising effort to get the kids some gear and upgrade the skate park in Havana. [Video via Cuba Skate.]

PREVIOUSLY ON CUBA: [Mas…]

Tio Sam’s War Department presents ‘Tuesday In November’ (video)

by Verdana Bold November 3, 2012 Cultura
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Tuesday In November (1945, directed by John Houseman 16:54) NARRATOR: It is early morning of the first Tuesday in November. This is an American city. A city that is not very large, not very rich, not very old. It is situated in the western part of the United States, in California. Its name is Riverton. […]

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When Spanish in school was illegal: ‘When I Dream Dreams’ (video)

by EDUARDO BURRO July 7, 2012 Cultura
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Once upon a time in America, Latino kids were not allowed to speak Spanish in school. This documentary recalls those days. In 1918, Texas, along with many other states, enacted statutes that made the speaking of any language other than English on public school grounds illegal. These laws remained active until the U.S. Congress passed […]

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In their own words: ‘Hispanic Veterans Remembered’ (video)

by Soy Capitan May 28, 2012 Cultura
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In this documentary, Latino veterans share their stories of their time in the military.

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Pan-Latino underground club in Queens: Welcome to Metal Kingdom

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2012 Cultura
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Hey! It’s a Cinco de Mayo Sabado Pochonte video shoutout to the heavy metal head banger pochos in New York City — no banda for you! Welcome to Metal Kingdom is a short documentary on an underground Pan-Latino heavy metal club in Queens, NY. Filmed, directed and produced by Denise R. Gaberman. (NSFW language, etc.)

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Kids, lowrider bikes, culture and history in Tucson 1996: ‘Low y Cool’

by M.A.S. BURRITO April 14, 2012 Cultura
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When a French filmmaker shoots Chicano Tucson, the result is fascinating and maybe a little bit foreign — in a good way. Low y Cool documents the lives of the Camaradas Lowrider Bike Club in South Tucson, AZ in 1996. The 52-minute video was directed by Tucson resident and transplanted Frenchie Marianne Dissard with funding […]

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Disinformation Company: Doomsday 2012 Science or Superstition?

by SERIOUS DOGSTAR April 7, 2012 Cultura
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Yo what is up with all this Mayan Doomsday 2012 stuff? We need some disinformation and we need it now, and that’s why we turned to the Disinformation Company for this video. Like check it: Disinformation Company producer Gary Baddeley, director Nimrod Erez and the Disinformation team contacted and arranged interviews with multiple experts, often […]

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Video Triple Feature! Cheech’s art + braceros + ‘Margarita’

by majiq el-real azzam March 10, 2012 Cultura
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Sabado Pochonte Triple Feature! Cheech Marin’s collection of “small Chicano paintings” lights up the documentary Chicanitas, the black and white history of braceros comes to life in Harvest of Loneliness and the classic poem by Ruben Dario shimmers in the wordless animated Margarita.

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Sabado Pochonte Video: ‘Gang Boy’ 1955

by Comic Saenz January 14, 2012 Cultura
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Gang Boy (1955) is a gem of an “educational film” from the Ozzie y Harriet Era by genre master Sid Davis. “This 50s film is surprisingly sympathetic in its portrayal of a Chicano gang leader and the events leading up to the formation of the gang,” writes reviewer Christine Hennig.

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