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500 Nations. Burbank: Warner Home Video, 2004.
500 Nations is an eight-part documentary that looks back at life in North America before the arrival of the Europeans, then follows the epic struggles of Indian Nations as the continent is reshaped by contact.

Lost Kingdoms of the Maya. National Geographic Video, 1993.
Long before Columbus, the Maya established one of the most highly developed civilizations of their time in the jungles of Mexico and Central America, yet this advanced society of priests, astronomers, artisans, and farmers suddenly and mysteriously collapsed more than a thousand years ago. Recently discovered hieroglyphics and other new discoveries offer clues to the lives of these ancient people.

Maya: Lords of the Jungle. Alexandria: PBS Home Video, 1988.
Visits ancient sites on the Yucatan Peninsula where new findings are forcing a reappraisal of the past of the Mayans. Researchers display and interpret their findings, setting aside the errors of the past, and quietly working a revolution in pre-Columbian archaeology.

Mexico: The Rise and Fall of the Aztecs. Burbank: Warner Home Video, 1994.
The second of eight programs exploring the history and culture of North America. The Indians of Central Mexico and dramatic eyewitness accounts of the Aztec-Spanish war highlight this volume.

Sueno Binacionales / Binational Dreams. Los Angeles: Petate Productions, n.d.
Documentary about the bi-national experience of indigenous immigrants from Mexico. Tells the story of the Mixtec people who have been immigrating to California for over 30 years, and the more recent stories of Chatinos who have been immigrating to North Carolina for the past 10 years.

U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848. Alexandria: PBS Home Video, 1998.
The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) tells the dramatic story of a war in which Mexico lost almost half of its national territory to the U.S. This critically acclaimed documentary series explores the events surrounding the conflict between two neighboring nations struggling for land, power and identity.

 

Farmingville

Documentary film about undocumented workers from Mexico moving to Farmingville, New York, and at how the city's residents are dealing with the influx of about 1,500 Mexican workers.

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For Kids

Families of Mexico. Cincinnati: Master Communications, c2005.
Follows a day in the lives of two young children and their families in Mexico.

Mexico for Children: The Culture of Mexico. Wynnewood: Schlessinger Media, 2004.
Appreciate the rich cultural heritage of Mexico and how it affects the daily lives of its citizens. Sample a day in the life of a fisherman's son and a student from Mexico City and take a trip to a local market.

Mexico for Children: The Geography of Mexico. Wynnewood: Schlessinger Media, 2004.
Understand how Mexico's geography has shaped its history, society and culture. Travel through a variety of land formations and regions from the desert in Sonora to the rainforests of Chiapas, and see how location and climate have impacted the settlement patterns and lifestyles of Mexicans.

Mexico for Children: The History of Mexico. Wynnewood: Schlessinger Media, 2004.
Learn how Mexico has overcome many obstacles throughout history to become an independent, self-governing nation. Beginning with the ancient civilizations of the Olmec, follow the Spanish conquest of the great Aztec, the impact of Catholic missionaries and the wars for independence fought with other countries, as well as within Mexico's own borders. Understand the contributions of great leaders such as Father Hidalgo and Benito Juarez, and see why freedom has been so important to this nation.

Mexican-American Heritage. Wynnewood: Schlessinger Media, 2006.
Mexico's intriguing history, culture and landscape are illuminated in this program about the life and heritage of Mexican Americans. Children learn how to say a few words in Spanish, take a tour of the Olvera Street market in Los Angeles -- the oldest Mexican-American market in the United States -- and learn how to make a colorful yarn painting.

Aztec, Inca, and Zapotec. Wynnewood: Schlessinger Media, 2000.
An overview of the ancient Aztec and Zapotec civilizations in Mexico as well as the Incas of South America. Visits Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Mexico City. Discusses the advanced agricultural techniques employed by these pre-Columbian peoples, as well as their advances in architecture, mathematics and astronomy.

Ancient Maya. Wynnewood: Schlessinger Media, 2004.
Join archaeologist Arizona Smith and a young detective-in-training as they explore the Mayan civilization of Central America and Mexico.

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