Latin American Film Festival

Due to popular demand, here is the document you have requested for the Latin American Film Festival.  I just ask that if you access the Latin American Film Festival document, you write a quick comment here on my blog and please become a fan of my Facebook Page.

Also, I am giving it to you in MS Word form so you can edit it according to your needs. Please remember to give me credit (I inserted my name in the footer). Have a fantastic Spanish Heritage Month!!

Please note that prior to the film festival, I sent home permission slips to their parents. For those that did not want them to see certain movies, I gave them alternative research assignments. They went to the library while I was showing the movie and researched a related topic.

Also, I first had them work in groups doing oral presentations on Latin American countries. Then they got to learn more by seeing the movies. They had to turn in a written journal on each of the movies. If it was a short YouTube video, one or two sentences were o.k. If it was a long movie, I required at least a page. I had them type it, so I could read them more quickly and effectively. I showed a total of 20 movies and each one was worth 10 points, so it made grading easiest to give due weight to this project compared to the oral reports and a few other things we did 2nd semester.

Remember, these are native speakers that needed work with amplifying vocabulary and improving their written skills. We spent the 1st semester in the text book studying vocabulary, reading comprehension, and grammar. All they wanted to do was watch movies. So I let them watch movies until they were SICK of them. They had to pay attention and write their thoughts on each one. For the full-length movies, I gave them a lesson on how to write a movie summary and review. If they were absent during a short movie, they had to make it up. If they were absent during a long movie, I gave them an average score for that particular movie (or you can do whatever works for you to make grading easy and fair.) When a movie allowed for Spanish selection, we watched it in Spanish, or with Spanish subtitles. Many of my students were actually stronger in Spanish than English anyway.

  1. Venezuela: YouTube: Venezuela, Angel Falls, Delta Canaima,
  2. La República Dominicana: You Tube: Republica Dominicana un país inagotable
  3. Costa Rica: YouTube: Costa Rica [campaña oficial ICT]
  4. Costa Rica: Choose the versión español
  5. Cuba: YouTube: Cuba Travel Doc – Part 01 AND Cuba Travel Doc Part 02
  6. Puerto Rico: YouTube: Puerto Rico: The 51st State?
  7. Peru: YouTube: Macchu Pichu from user: denniscallan
  8. Panama: Panama Deception, Netflix
  9. Argentina: Evita (PG)
  10. Cuba: For Love or Country, Netflix (PG-13)
  11. El Salvador: Salvador, Netflix (R)
  12. Nicaragua: Under Fire (R) Netflix Instant Play
  13. Guatemala: When the Mountains Tremble (Netflix Instant Play)
  14. Ecuador: Globe Trekker: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Netflix
  15. South America: Motorcycle Diaries (R), Netflix Instant Play
  16. Uruguay: YouTube: Documental español sobre Uruguay user: zeva2002
  17. Honduras: YouTube: Hoduras Querida, user: puntarock1
  18. Bolivia: YouTube: Bolivia Pueblos Indigenas, user: roncon
  19. Paraguay: 11 minute documentary from Frontline:
  20. Colombia: Plan Columbia, Netflix Instant Play



15 thoughts on “Latin American Film Festival

  1. Couldn’t access your files. Would have liked to see them, because our chapter of SHH does a film festival in the spring: Two-three Spanish films, one each of French, Japanese and German. It’s always a big hit and fund raiser: two years ago, Haiti; last year, Japan. All language teachers offer extra credit for attendance and the members of SHH provide snacks.

  2. Hi there!
    I downloaded your document and I’m not sure what to do next. Is this something you give to students during Hispanic Heritage Month to encourage them to view videos about each country? Is it an extra credit activity? A requirement? How do you introduce it, etc? Thanks for any feedback!

  3. I showed the films in class and had the students journal about each of the films. I also sent out permission slips for Rated R movies. The assignments were on School Loop. But then, towards the end of the semester, some students realized the consequences of their actions meaning they hadn’t been keeping up with the assignments and now were possibly going to fail the class. They wanted the opportunity to make up work, so I prepared this document as a sample of what their handed in work should look like and what belonged for each entry. That way if they needed to make up longer movies, they would know they could find it on Netflix or Blockbuster. The shorter ones were on YouTube. I used this as a nearly semester long project for native speakers. They needed work on vocabulary building and writing skills, but all they wanted to do was watch movies, so I went with their interests and let them watch movies almost all semester. Of course, they had to write about and analyze what they were watching. They also had other assignments as well, including a group project on reporting on various Latin American countries.

  4. Nancy Walker de Llanas says:

    Thanks for the documents! I can’t wait to use some of these films in my classes. Thanks for sharing!!

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