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Here, LAB contributors reflect on the books and films speaking up for social and environmental justice in Latin America.

Venezuela: youth orchestra resist adversity through music

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Filmed over nine years, this documentary follows the lives of three teenagers from the barrio as they struggle to become professional musicians in a country on the verge of collapse.

Brazil: democracy at risk, media to blame

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Using Brazil as a case study, the film The Coup d’État Factory uncovers and dissects the media's role in creating conditions to dismantle democracy, paving the way for the far-right.

Brazil: orphan mothers

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Anti-Black violence by the Police targets young men in Brazil's favelas and makes their mothers 'orphans'. Their trauma and spectacular resistance are highlighted in this new film, reviwed for LAB by Jessica Pandian

Chile: Latent Memory

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Raul Sohr reviews Maxine Lowy's fascinating book about the experience and reactions of Chile's Jewish community to the Pinochet dictatorship.

Rio: film festival highlights nuclear perils

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LAB's Karoline Pelikan interviews the organizers of the Rio International Uranium Film Festival which highlights the dangers of nuclear weapons, uranium mining and nuclear waste.

Tomasa Tito Condemayta depicted in new film

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Whilst Túpac Amaru II is hailed as the hero of the 1780 Andean Rebellion against the Spanish in Peru, little is known about Tomasa Tito Condemayta. Maria Herrera Badell's new short film is a ‘false’ documentary with truth at its heart.

Abortion rights at the Texas/Mexico border

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Shot in McAllen, Texas, the home of Whole Woman’s Health, the last open abortion clinic in the region, Leah Galant and Maya Cueva’s insightful and humane documentary chronicles the lives of three individuals existing at the heart of the tensions that surround abortion rights towards the end of the Trump administration

Bia Lessa – Brazilian director and artist

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A film about Brazilian performing artist/director Bia Lessa is one of a series called Onde Nascem As Ideias, directed by Carolina Sá. The films are being screened online by Cine Latino

An intimate look at investigative journalism in Mexico

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Hunter N Johnson’s impactful short documentary takes an intimate look at the role of investigative journalism in the context of Mexico’s widespread abductions and forced disappearances.

Attempted murder of Pinochet depicted in animated video ‘El Melocotón’

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New animated music video depicts Chilean guerilla organisation Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front's 1986 assassination attempt against General Augusto Pinochet.

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