Viva la Causa, 500 Years of Chicano History (version in English) [VHS]
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PART ONE of the video depicts Mexican Americans from their pre-Columbian origins through Spanish colonization, the U.S. take over of today's Southwest in 1848, the people's resistance, workers creating great wealth, and their massive strikes, up to World War II.
PART TWO includes the 1943 "Zoot Suit Riots," and early efforts to fight discrimination, the farmworkers' struggle, student protests, the Chicano Moratorium against the U.S. war in Vietnam, and new Chicano art. Today's Latino struggles bring the video up to date.
¡Viva la Causa! 500 Years of Chicano History is a unique, inspiring tool for everyone to learn about one of our oldest yet least known peoples.
Both parts of this film do justice both to the most important people and events in Chicano history, but also to the lesser-known but equally important contributions of many individuals and organizations (especially women)
Like the video cover says, this film is sympathetic to the issues of Chicanos, and other oppressed peoples, without flinching from difficulties facing "el Movimiento" including class, sexism, interracial unity and homophobia. Obviously the filmmakers' refreshing look flows from their committment to not just document the world but play a role in changing it for the better.
Although its surprisingly fresh for being ten years old, one wishes it could be updated to include the aftermath of Prop. 187 in California banning bilingual education and the Primero de Mayo protests throughout the country this year in response to immigrant-bashing in Congress.
But in just one hour this two-part film provides an excellent people's history and forms a nice starting point for learning the history of Chicanos and Chicanas with an eye on making some history, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The two-video set provides learners with an excellent introduction to Chicano/as. Its passionate coverage on the struggle for Mexican-Americans in a gringo world inspires anyone to... Read morePublished on July 19, 2005 by Motorbike Books
As a Doctorate student, I say this is an excellent documentary. It depicts the truth. Everyone living in the U.S. must watch this remarkable piece! Read morePublished on April 13, 2005 by Karina
This video contains documentation of the historical events that have taken place in Chicano history. It includes statistics, personalities, time lines, etc. Read morePublished on January 15, 2005 by J. Adams
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