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Latinx Films: Central America

(the bolded films link to complete films/documentaries, everything else links to trailers)

Costa Rica

Tr3s Marias (2012)

El Fin (2012)

El Regreso (2011)

El Compromiso (2011)

EL Sanatorio (2010)

El Ultimo Comandante (2010)

A Ojos Cerrados (2010)

i Mae (2014)

Del Amor Y Otros Demonios (2010)

Agua Fria De Mar (2009)

Gestacion (2009)

La Region Perdida (2009)

El Camino (2007)

El Cielo Rojo (2008)

Caribe (2005)

Mujeres Apasionadas (2003)

Asesinato En El Meneo (2001)

El Salvador

Cinema Libertad (2009)

Mas Alla Del Sol (2011)

Entre Los Muertos (2013)

Romero (1989)

Entre Ángeles  y Demonios (2012)

Parávolar (2008)

The Engineer (2012)

Guatemala

Ixcanul (2015) [1] [2] [3]

Granito (2011)

El Silencio De Neto (1994)

Aqui Me Quedo (2013)

La Bodega (2009)

Barrio (2009)

Donde Acaban Los Caminos (2006)

Las Cruces (2006)

La Casa De Enfrente (2007)

La Otra Casa (2007)

Gasolina (2008)

Gerardi (2010)

When the Mountains Tremble (1984)

La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2012)

Estrellas de La Línea (2006)

Marimbas from Hell (2010)

Justice for My Sister (2012)

BBOY for Life (2012)

I Will Be Murdered (2013)

Mayan Renaissance (2012)

Burden of Peace (2014)

Connected By Coffee (2014)

Sin País (2010)

Dust (2012)

Pol (2012)

Colgar Los Tenis (2012)

La Isla: Archives of a Tragedy (2009)

The Comic King of Guatemala (2012)

La Vaca (2011)

Blessed Fruit of the Womb (2013)

Honduras

Amor y Frijoles (2009)

¡Qué Suerte Adonay(s)! (2012)

11 Cipotes (2015)

Spirit of My Mother (1999)

Garifuna in Peril (2012)

Everything is Incredible (2011)

The Way Back To Yarasquin (2013)

Una Loca Navidad Catracha (2012)

Quien Paga La Cuenta? (2013)

Los Brujos De Ilamatepeque (2009)

Who Said Fear? (2013)

The Xendra (2012)

Corazon Abierto (2005)

Un Malo No Tan Malo (2010)

Almas De La Media Noche (2002)

Llevarte Al Mar (2015)

Nicaragua

La Yuma (2009)

Mojados (2014)

La Pantalla Desnuda (2014)

La Parka (2015)

Alsino y el Condor (1982)

Betun y Sangre (1990)

Cinema Alcazar (2014)

Cosechas Amargas (2011) [1] [2]

Panama

The Wind And The Water (Burwa Dii Ebo) (2008)

One Dollar (2001)

Escobar: Paradise Lost (2001)

Boxers and Ballerinas (2004)

Chance (2009)

Paraiso For Sale (2011)

Route of The Moon (2012)

Melaza (2012)

Invasion (2014)

Rompiendo La Ola (2014)

Historias Del Canal (2014)

Maids and Bosses (2010)

[edit: barely any of these links have subtitles in english and some of the films were placed based on region made | birthplace of director | focus on films depending on how many countries were involved in production]

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I hold my head too high.

I grew up in Managua, Nicaragua and in Miami, Florida.  I have proud parents who maneuvered class mobility with an ease that can only be described as perseverance.  When children made fun of us for not celebrating the Americanized versions of Halloween and Christmas, I had to own that reality or crumble under their snickers. When children questioned why I wore Payless loafers, instead of Nike sneakers, I had to own that too.  When children asked me when I was so tall for a fourth grader, without any knowledge that migration kept me from school for an entire year and was held back due to poor educational resources, I had to own my age.  

My pride, is not pride, it is perseverance.  But people ask me, ALL the time: WHY ARE YOU SO EXTRA?  WHY DO YOU THINK SO HIGHLY OF YOURSELF?

Because I could not afford to be weak, I never wanted to be considered less than because I did not see myself as “less than.”  My mom told us we were beautiful and smart and strong.   My mom ensured we knew that we were loved.  

 So I am not proud, I am simply working hard every day to keep you from erasing me from my story.  

En la playa he encontrado un caracol de oro
macizo y recamado de las perlas más finas;
Europa le ha tocado con sus manos divinas
cuando cruzó las ondas sobre el celeste toro.

He llevado a mis labios el caracol sonoro
y he suscitado el eco de las dianas marinas,
le acerqué a mis oídos y las azules minas
me han contado en voz baja su secreto tesoro.

Así la sal me llega de los vientos amargos
que en sus hinchadas velas sintió la nave Argos
cuando amaron los astros el sueño de Jasón;

y oigo un rumor de olas y un incógnito acento
y un profundo oleaje y un misterioso viento…
(El caracol la forma tiene de un corazón.)

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Rubén Darío, Caracol

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I got in contact with a developer living in Nicaragua who needs a landscape architect. I told him I only finished my second year, but he still wants me. This is absolutely amazing if it actually works out. One of the things I’m most passionate about is preserving the environment; which is exactly what I would be doing there. I’d be working on a rainforest preserve…he would pay for my flight and all my expenses. I’d be there all of next summer. The way this all came up in conversation might be one of the craziest things ever. The connections you make in life can be life changing to say the least. I have been granted so many opportunities and experiences and I am honestly blessed.

Source: teleSUR English

The 1980s saw widespread political violence and countless forced disappearances in many countries in Latin America, and Honduras was no exception.

Hundreds of political opponents of the 1980s U.S.-backed regime were kidnapped, tortured, and assassinated by the CIA-trained secret army unit Battalion 316, while at the same time Honduras served as a military base and training ground for U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in the region, especially in neighboring El Salvador and Nicaragua.

With the Reagan Administration turning a blind eye to the brutality of Battalion 316, intentionally downplaying or denying its violence in order to continue backing Honduras financially and using the country as a key U.S. military outpost, the details of this death squad’s operations did not become clear until years later. A historic expose published in the Baltimore Sun in 1995, which included interviews with ex-Battalion 316 torturers and details from declassified U.S. government documents, revealed the full extent of the secret unit’s atrocities and its close links to Washington.

However, torture and disappearances aren’t just a tragic reality of the past in Honduras. Human rights defenders have drawn disturbing parallels between Battalion 316 and the present day situation in Honduras, saying the current level of human rights abuses and political repression is just as bad, if not worse than the era of forced disappearances in the 1980s.

In the wake of the 2009 U.S.-backed coup ousting democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, forced disappearance, torture, and targeted assassinations re-emerged as state terror tactics to intimidate and repress a broad-based resistance. Conspicuous and even conscious links to 1980s tactics since the 2009 coup, as well as ongoing U.S. complicity, show a continuity of state sponsored terror, with new elements for the post-coup context.

hey guys im thinking of doing a livestream and doing certain activities to help me fundraise to help me get to nicaragua do yall have an suggestions as to what i should do?

ANNOUNCEMENT!

We are extremely pleased and very excited to announce that we are partnering with Random Acts (randomactsorg) to raise funds for their Dreams 2 Acts Nicaragua campaign!

If you’re unfamiliar with the campaign, you can read all about it here. Basically, Random Acts is raising funds to create a free high school for students in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, where access to public education isn’t a given- particularly for women.

We thought that this was an amazing opportunity, given the nature of Wayward Daughters. What better way to show support for empowerment of women and girls than by raising money to build a school for young people for whom education and opportunities might otherwise be out of reach?

Because of this, we’ve decided to make Random Acts the recipients of our t-shirt campaign donations! 

They are only about $25,000 away from their goal! That means that if every person who has already signed our petition bought a t-shirt, tank top, or hoodie, we could raise the remaining funds! It’s that easy!

We will be starting the t-shirt campaign soon on Represent, which means that 100% of the profit will go directly to Random Acts. We’ve had a lot of interest in the t-shirts, so we’re hoping that you will feel good about purchasing one knowing that your donation is going to an excellent cause.

If you don’t have $19.95 for a t-shirt, don’t worry. Our goal here isn’t to sell shirts. Any donation at all will go a long way for Dreams 2 Acts. Only have a dollar to spare? Awesome! That’s one more dollar than they’d already raised. Donate however much you want to the campaign here.

If you can’t spare any money, we totally understand. Just do something kind for someone today in the name of Random Acts. A little goes a long way!

We will keep everyone posted about the start of the t-shirt campaign, which should begin this next week. In the mean time, spread the word! We could very easily raise enough money to reach their goal, and how cool would that be?

Carry on, wayward children!

Cadejo -

Spirits from Salvadoran, Costa Rican, Guatemalan and south Mexican folklore, there are two different types of Cadejo, a good and a bad one. The good Cagejo normally has white fur and the evil Cadejo normally has black fur, though in some folklore their colours are swapped around. Both Cadejos appear in the form of a large shaggy dog that is about the size of a cow and they have deer-like hooves instead of paws. The black Cadejo has glowing red eyes, the scent of concentrated urine and sulphur, fur that glitters in the night and it moves in erratic twitching movements. Both of them move more like a deer than a normal dogs. 

The black Cadejo is sometimes believed to be an incarnation of the devil. It lures people into make evil decisions. It eats newborn puppies and has the ability to stand on two legs like a man in order to throw punches at people to remind them that are dealing with no ordinary dog. The black Cadejo also eats humans. It will lurk in graveyards and dark alleys to pounce on passing victims and attack them savagely. Cadejos can also cause insanity. If you turn your back on a Cadejo or speak to it or you will go insane. 

White Cadejos are peaceful and they eat flowers that only grow on volcanoes. The white Cadejo appears to travelers at night and it protects them from harm during their journey. It has been known to guard drunks and vagabonds from thieves or anyone else who would do them harm, and they protect anyone who has made bad choices under the influence of a black Cadejo. 

Killing a Cadejo is notoriously difficult. A regular black Cadejo can only be killed by a white Cadejo. If the Cadejo is half normal dog then it is possible for a strong human to kill it. When a Cadejo dies its body will rot in a matter of seconds, it will smell terrible for several days and then the body will disappear. It will leave a stain of evil on the ground and grass or moss will never grow on that spot again. When a Cadejo is near it is said that you will smell a strong goat-like scent. 

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Hey guys! As yall know i’m trying to go on the trip with random acts to help finish the free high school in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua. The Free High School offers high offers secondary education to people, especially woman who wouldn’t get the chance otherwise. Unfortunately their high school campus has been  unfinished for a years now due to money problmes. This means the kids have to work in a elementary building with very little resources. This trip will help build the school and more! 

Rewards!

$10 = a very detailed thank you promo and a place in my updates tab

$15 = a supernatural ficlet based off a prompt you give me 

$20 = i’ll beta your fic 

$25 = a custom 8tracks playlist of your choice (check out my playlists

$30 = a gifset of your choice (check out my gifs)

Each donation is important because 100% will go to the kids. In fact every volunteer has to pay for their own travel expenses. So thank you so much! And if you’ve already donated and want one of these prizes let me know! 

So I did talk about this a few days ago, but not in great detail. I loved part of Pitch Perfect 2, but something that hit close to home with me was the fact that the only Latina women in the movie was just a running joke. I am a first generation American, on my father’s side. My father, who turns 60 this year, still has nightmares about his time and part during the Revolutionary war in Nicaragua. Seeing jokes being made about war torn countries, and death and these horrible things that much of Latin America has gone through was just so shocking and frankly, it was harmful.

According to the IMNB page, the character Flo was Guatemalan. One comment that stood out to me was the announce calling her Mexican, which it was the guy who has made horrible comments before. This is no excuse. We are not one in the same.

Guatemala is a country in Latin America- Central America specifically -in between Mexico and Honduras/El Salvador, also next to Belize. Their civil war lasted from 1960-1996. I do not know much about Guatemalan history, nor its war but I would assume that many stories are similar to the ones my father tells.

One joke was that they should have an extra person just in case someone else got kidnapped; I remember my father telling me, not being able to meet my eyes how the National Guard would take young children away from their families, training them to be killing machines. I remember the night he told me how they would raid local high schools and colleges, looking for those who had evidence of training. If you have scraped knees or elbows, really anything that led them to believe you were part of the resistance you were shot on the spot.

Another was how Flo had diarrhea for seven years of her life. My father had eight siblings, four of them died as children. The state of their health care and total lack of medicine is not funny. My dad blamed himself for years for his brother Benancio’s death, thinking that he could have done something. This is not funny. I can still remember him, drunker than ever sobbing into the beer can because he thought he killed his baby brother. This is not funny.

Human trafficking, and prostitution were also subtle jokes in the movie. My father once told me the story about this little boy, only nine years old who was orphaned because of the war. The rebels took him in and trained him. He would drop down from trees, or climb up the tanks and unscrew the top, throwing grenades into them. One day the little boy, Luis, was jumping off the tank when he tripped. He was crushed. There was another boy, Segundo, only about 15. He was shot, died quickly. There is nothing funny about my dad cradling this little boy’s mangled body in his arms, until they tell him that they have no time to bury him. There is nothing funny about the way my dad face paled when i asked him about the bombing in Leon, where my tio Ramon was a sniper.

Our people are not a joke. Our wars are not a joke. Our suffering is not a joke. We are not here for you to laugh at, we are not here to ridiculed. And I am sick and tired of being another white privileged person’s joke.

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Jody Parmann, Raven Café co-owner and artist, used charcoal to draw a mural of angel wings Wednesday, May 13, 2015 behind the Raven Café. The mural is part of a fundraising effort to help send Diedre Murch on the Dreams2Act trip to building a free school in Nicaragua with Random Acts. The wings will stay until the next rain storm, for visitors and residents to lay down amongst them. All that’s asked in return is a donation to help get Deidre to Nicaragua. Anyone can come to the Raven Café, 932 Military St., Port Huron, with a camera to get their photo taken. There is no set donation amount. Read More 
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Disa Fonseca, a Free High School graduate

There are many reasons students end up having to drop out of high school. For Disa, the reason was her grandmother’s severe illness, which required her to look after her on a daily basis. To pay the bills, Disa also started working 12 hours a day — from 7 am to 7 pm — running a laundromat set up in her grandmother’s house.

After her grandmother recovered, Disa started going to the Free High School built nearby. She was determined to finish her education, even after she became pregnant. Disa didn’t miss a single day during her pregnancy, despite the long hours and uncomfortable desks (which she says she couldn’t fit behind — they were meant for people far less pregnant, she joked). 

Find out more about Disahow the Free High School of San Juan del Sur helped her achieve her diploma, and what her ambitious future plans are — and don’t forget to check out our Crowdrise fundraising page and donate if you can!

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