These movies give insight into the culture and history of various Spanish-speaking countries. You may enjoy watching them for your own personal enrichment.  If you are an educator, please preview any movie before showing to see if it is appropriate for your specific audience.  If you have any to suggest, please leave a comment in the blog section of this website.

El Salvador

Voces Inocentes  - Deals with the civil war in El Salvador (1980-1992)

Mexico/Chicano

Zoot Suit - Tells the tale of the "zoot suit riots" that rocked Los Angeles in the 1940s.

A Place Called Chiapas (documentary) - Gives history of the Zapatista movement (1994) and the indigenous struggle for civil rights.

Spain

Pan's Labyrinth -  Takes places in Spain under Franco's rule.  A blend of fantasy and reality.

Cuba

Balseros (documentary) - Follows seven Cuban refugees who flee Cuba by raft during the time of Fidel.  

 Bolivia

Even the Rain - Based on the controversial issue of water privatization in Bolivia and indigenous rights.

Cocalero (documentary about Evo Morales and his campaign for presidency in Bolivia)

Other

The Motorcycle Diaries  - Chronicles Che Guevara's trip through Latin America by motorcycle (before his time in Cuba).

The Mission - About the Spanish and Portuguese Conquest (18th century) in South America and its effect on the indigenous.

El Norte - Tells the tale of a brother and sister fleeing the Guatemalan civil war, their journey to "the north" and their struggle to survive there.