Rebel music : Americas

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  • From Tierra del Fuego to the Rio Grande, musicians are lending their voices to dynamic political movements. This program features several defiant artists in performances that are interwoven with social commentary on displaced or disadvantaged communities. Mexican-American Lila Downs sings songs of turmoil at the U.S. border. Anibal and Charly, from the group Santa Revuelta, take us inside the Argentine monetary crisis. Brazilian songwriter Chico Cesar has taken up the cause of landless peasants. With the vallenato of Oyeme Choco, members of an Afro-Colombian community sing of the military operations that drove them off their land. Through their music, these groups take viewers inside major grassroots movements shaping the Americas of today.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 21, 2008.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Portions in Spanish with English subtitles.


  • Colombian Indians in Choc Region (3:00) -- Armed Conflict from Government Troops in Colombia (3:24) -- Peasant People vs. Lumber Company for Land Rights (3:14) -- Music Narrates History and Offers Hope (2:50) -- Government Demands on Peasant Land (3:18) -- Lila Downs: Singer with a Social Conscience (3:21) -- Mexican Women Seek Freedom (2:53) -- Singer Gives Mexicans Strength of Purpose (3:15) -- Mexicans Seek Refuge in America (3:13) -- Mexican-American Lila Downs (3:44) -- Border Crossings: Lila Downs in Concert (2:09) -- Argentina in Economic Chaos (2:45) -- Poverty and Unemployment in Argentina (3:08) -- Musicians Use Music to Relate to People (3:27) -- Unemployed Families and Poverty in Argentina (2:22) -- Music as Social Commentary in Argentina (3:11) -- Public Outcry and Police Injustice in Argentina (3:17) -- Music Supports Common Causes (2:09) -- In Support of Brazil's Oppressed People (3:14) -- Brazil's Land Problem and Reclaimed Land (3:18) -- Grassroots Movement for Homeless in Brazil (2:38) -- Singer Involved in Social Movements (3:14) -- Societal Change Through Organization (2:17) -- Brazil: Land Reform and Violence (2:08) -- Social Movements and Values in Brazil (3:17)
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