Film Series

We have designed a film and documentary series to accompany "Pop Art in the Americas."  Each  documentary is from one of the countries included in the exhibit, and provides cultural and historical contexts for the artworks.  


U.S. Chicano/a

Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. NLCC Educational Media, 1996.

This documentary focuses on the student movement of 1968, demonstrating the building tension  through interviews with former students, school board members, and teachers of the 1960s.



Rojo Amanecer. Jorge Fons. 1989

This film follows two days in the life of a typical middle class family that happens to live in the apartment complex immediately adjacent to the plaza where the massacre took place. As the family attends to their banal daily rituals, bloody repression begins to unfold at their doorstep.


Lucía.  Humberto Solás. 1968

This film traces the lives of three different women by the name of Lucía living in three different periods of Cuban history.  The first Lucía lives during the Cuban war of independence with Spain, the second is set in the 1930s, and the third takes place in the 1960s.  Each story shows a chapter in the development of Cuba’s national identity through imperialism and modernization.  


Agarrando Pueblo. Carlos Mayolo & Luis Ospina. 1977

Agarrando Pueblo is a documentary that looks at other documentary filmmakers who filmed in what was known as the 'porno-miseria' style, which exploited misery and poverty on the streets of Colombia for commercial ends. The film criticizes the opportunism and dishonesty of this form of documentary.



Tropicália.  Marcelo Machado.  2012

Tropicália looks back on the movement, which began amidst the atmosphere of the 1960s and countered trends of popular music as much as political oppression. The documentary focuses on Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, two leaders of the movement, as they reminisce over their struggles in rethinking national art before being arrested and forced into exile in 1972.



Raymundo. Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina. 2003.

Raymundo focuses on the life of documentary filmmaker Raymundo Gleyzer, an artist who focused on the injustices faced by the people of Latin America. His films were controversial, and ultimately led to his disappearance in 1976.