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Film and Video Collections

The film and video collections of the Pratt Institute Libraries encompass DVDs, BluRays, VHS tapes, 16mm films and streaming video subscriptions. Physical media circulates and can be viewed on the Lower Level of the Library.

This Week's Theme

Each week, we feature items from our collections which correspond to a theme chosen by our staff!

This week we're celebrating the first full week of Hispanic Heritage Month by showcasing films by Central and South American directors. You can learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and see more library resources in our Hispanic Heritage Month guide.

Hispanic Heritage Month on Streaming

Precious Knowledge (2011)

Precious Knowledge reports from the frontlines of one of the most contentious battles in public education in recent memory, the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona public schools. The film interweaves the stories of several students enrolled in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School with interviews with teachers, parents, school officials, and the lawmakers who wish to outlaw the classes.

Los Sures: A Puerto Rican Barrio in Brooklyn (1984)

Diego Echeverria's Los Sures skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources in Los Sures, a Puerto Rican barrio in Brooklyn. Five different people living in this Brooklyn neighborhood, are the focus of five episodes in this documentary. As seen through the eyes and ears of each of the barrio's five inhabitants, the litter-strewn streets and crumbling tenements representative of the worst urban blight cannot completely dominate the human spirit.

Hispanic Heritage Month on DVD

Hispanic Heritage Month on 16mm

Chulas fronteras

A complex, insightful look at the Chicano experience as mirrored in the lives and music of the most acclaimed Nortęo musicians of the Texas-Mexican border, including Flaco Jimenez and Lydia Mendoza. Features the music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances, fieldwork, and other social activities.