A list of resources that we like and recommend to anyone wanting more knowledge about the topics addressed on the Teachers on Bikes website.
Burciaga, Jose Antonio. Drink Cultura.Artist and Chicano activist Jose Antonio Burciaga writes cutting and comical short accounts of life in and between two cultures.
Hellman, Judith Alder. Mexican Lives A personal look at life on the border of Mexico and the United States.
Menchú, Rigoberta. I. Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Women in Guatemala.An account of the life and trials of an Indian woman living in Guatemala.
Neruda, Pablo. Epic Song A collection of the Chilean poet's more political works, many of which are focused on issues in Central America.
Paz, Octavio. The Labyrinth of Solitude: The Other Mexico, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, Mexico and the United States. Highly recommended is the essay "Mexico and the United States," which chronicles the ongoing relationship between the two countries.
Ramirez, Gloria Muñoz. EZLN: 20 y 10, el fuego y la palabra In Spanish. New publication about the Zapatista revolution, 10 years after. Ramirez looks at the accomplishments and work still to be done in this struggle for basic rights,
El Norte dir. Gregory Nava. Film about immigration from Guatemala to the US.
If the Mango Tree Could Speak: A Documentary about Children and War in Central America by Patricia Goudvis, 1993. To order contact: New Day Film Library, 22D Hollywood Ave. Hohokus, NJ 07423 tel. 210.652.6590
The Panama Deception dir. Barbara Trent (1993). Documents the 1989 US invasion of Panama and its aftermath. You can download an assignment on this film here: [MSWord|OpenOffice|PDF]
Romero dir. John Dulgan (1989). Dramatic film about the 1980 assassination of Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Zapatista, a Big Noise Film about the EZLN revolution with guest appearances by Zach de la Rocha, Medea Benjamin, and Noam Chomsky.
A Day Without a Mexican. One day California wakes up and not a single Mexican is left in the state. They have all inexplicably disappeared - chaos, tragedy, and comedy quickly ensue. Directed by Sergio Arau (2004).
The Gatekeeper. A border patrol agent goes undercover to expose the criminal nature of Mexicans immigrating illegally. His plan goes terribly wrong as he realizes that they are people in search of personal freedom and a sense of "home" just as he is. Humanity knows no borders. John Carlos Frey (2004).
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AK Press: great source for writings by Subcomandante Marcos and other literature relating to the EZLN and issues in Chiapas. http://www.akpress.org/