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Latin American Docs

Latin American Docs

Discover a wide array of documentaries from Latin America.

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Latin American Docs
  • Roque Dalton

    Directed by Tina Leisch • Documentary • 2013 • 85 minutes

    It was once illegal to read books by Roque Dalton, one of El Salvador's most celebrated poets, in his own country. A descendant of legendary outlaws the Dalton Gang, he devoted his life to the cause of socialist revolution in Latin Americ...

  • Cafe

    Directed by Hatuey Viveros Lavielle • Documentary • 2014 • 80 minutes

    Jorge is preparing to graduate from law school-the first person from his mountain village in Mexico ever to do so. Chayo, his pregnant 16-year-old sister, faces the most difficult decision of her young life. Meanwhile their qu...

  • Cinema of Tears

    Directed by Nelson Pereira Dos Santos • Documentary • With Raul Cortez, André Barros, Christiane Torloni, Patrick Tannus, Cosme Alves Neto • 1995 • 95 minutes

    Personal view of the Latin American cinema by Brazilian director Nelson Pereira dos Santos, based on an adaptation of a novel by Silvia O...

  • God

    Directed by Christopher Murray, Josefina Buschmann, Israel Pimental • Documentary • 2019 • 124 minutes

    A cinematic mosaic depicting Pope Francis’ 2018 visit to Chile, God explores the constant tension between the social creation of God in different communities and the tensions that define modern...

  • FALN

    Directed by Peter Gessner & Robert Kramer • Documentary • 1965 • 30 minutes

    This 1965 documentary portrait of a civil war is today a remarkable time capsule of Venezuelan political and social history, and valuable background to the ongoing social conflicts in that country.

    FALN chronicles key e...

  • Lemebel

    Directed by Joanna Reposi • Documentary • 2020 • 96 minutes

    Chilean performance artist, writer, anti-fascist, cross-dresser, and queer activist Pedro Lemebel (1952-2015) was a larger-than-life icon of his country’s gay liberation movement. In both his work and his life, he blended humor with spe...

  • Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America

    Directed by Rodrigo H. Vila • Documentary • With Mercedes Sosa, Pablo Milanes, Leon Gieco, Chichi Sosa, Chico Buarque, Elba Bustelo, David Byrne • 2013 • 93 minutes

    Journey into the world of Argentina's most famous musical artist in Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America. Over a career that ...

  • Suspension

    Directed by Simón Uribe Martínez • Documentary • 2020 • 75 minutes

    Deep in the misty jungle of southern Colombia, between treacherously steep mountain slopes, stands an unfinished concrete bridge as an absurd symbol of human folly. Once intended as a link in the new “bypass” that was supposed to...

  • Housemaids

    Directed by Gabriel Mascaro • Documentary • 2012 • 76 minutes

    Housemaids are an integral part of the household in Brazil, and participate in the day-to-day life of the family. The employment of housemaids is almost obligatory among the middle and upper classes of the country. The vast majority o...

  • The Cordillera of Dreams

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2019 • 85 minutes

    Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán's The Cordillera of Dreams completes his trilogy (with Nostalgia for the Light and The Pearl Button) investigating the relationship bet...

  • Inner Borderlines

    Directed by Luis Mancha • Documentary • With Leo Chavez, María Herrera-Sobek, Francisco Lomelí, Belinda Campos, Raúl Fernandez, Mario García, Ellen McCracken, Eleanor Guzman • 2014 • 72 minutes

    Inner Borderlines follows Alejandro Morales around Southern California as he explores a variety of top...

  • O Amor Natural

    Directed by Heddy Honigmann • Documentary • 2007 • 76 minutes

    O AMOR NATURAL is a documentary film about the erotic poetry of one of the greatest Latin American poets of the 20th century, the Brazilian Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987).

    The erotic poems of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, a hou...

  • Waiting for the Carnival

    Directed by Marcelo Gomes • Documentary • 2019 • 86 minutes

    The small village of Toritama is a microcosm of relentless capitalism. Each year, more than 20-million pairs of jeans are produced in make-shift factories. The locals work non-stop hours, proud to be the masters of their own time. Durin...

  • The Battle of Chile (Part 1)

    Directed by Patricio Guzman • Documentary • 1975 • 96 minutes

    On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army.

    Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political dev...

  • When Two Worlds Collide

    Directed by Heidi Brandenburg & Mathew Orzel • Documentary • 2016 • 103 minutes

    In this tense and immersive Sundance award-winner, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. On the...

  • Still Burn (Algo quema)

    Directed by Mauricio Alfredo Ovando • Documentary • 2020 • 77 minutes

    Alfredo Ovando Candia was a military general who served as co-president of Bolivia from 1965–66 (and again from 1969–70) after overthrowing President Víctor Paz Estenssoro. His political and military service connect him to the...

  • Light Years: Lucrecia Martel and the Making of Zama

    Directed by Manuel Abramovich • Documentary • With Lucrecia Martel • 2017 • 75 minutes

    An illustration of filmmaking’s many stages — mysterious, delirious, playful, frustrated — and complex artistic collaboration with its subject, Manuel Abramovich’s new film concerns Lucrecia Martel during the ...

  • Camocim

    Directed by Quentin Delaroche • Documentary • With Mayara Gomes, César Lucena • 2017 • 76 minutes

    Every four years, the calm routine of Camocim de São Félix, a small city in Pernambuco is rocked. During the municipal campaign, the city is split in two and lives seem to function only around polit...

  • Border South

    Directed by Raul O. Paz Pastrana • Documentary • 2020 • 82 minutes

    To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory.

    Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from s...

  • Return to Cuba

    Directed by David Fabrega • Documentary • 2016 • 78 minutes

    After 18 years living in Italy, Barbara Ramos returns to live in the town of Santa Clara, in Cuba, her homeland. Through the projects of family and friends, she discovers what has changed, what hasn’t, and what will likely never change ...

  • El Eternauta´s Wife

    Directed by Adan Aliaga • Documentary • With Elsa Sánchez de Oesterheld, Francisco Solano López, Daniel Rafecas, Jorge Oesterheld, Juan Sasturain • 2011 • 82 minutes

    It has been fifty years since the adventures of Juan Salvo were first published in the science fiction comic El Eternauta. Some ti...

  • La Soledad

    Directed by Jorge Thielen-Armand • Drama • With José Dolores López, Marley Alvillares, Adrializ López, Jorge Roque Thielen, María del Carmen Agámez • 2016 • 89 minutes

    Handyman José lives with his family in La Soledad, a ramshackle villa located in what was once among Caracas’ most affluent neig...

  • In the Intense Now

    Directed by João Moreira Salles • Documentary • 2017 • 127 minutes

    Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, IN THE INTENSE NOW speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of C...

  • The Tiniest Place

    Directed by Tatiana Huezo • Documentary • 2011 • 104 minutes

    On the surface THE TINIEST PLACE is the story of Cinquera, a village literally wiped off the official map during El Salvador's 12-year civil war. But on a deeper level it is a story about the ability to rise, to rebuild and reinvent on...