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Film Library 

Latin American/Latino Film Collection

The LACS Center hosts a substantive film collection (on VHS and DVD) about and from Latin America. This includes documentary, educational and historical films, feature-length films set in the region, Latino-culture films, Latin American and Latino music videos and original feature- length films from recognized Latin American directors (mainly from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina). We aim to notably expand these collections and their scope over the next few years. The film library serves mainly class-room teaching purposes and the annual LACS film series, though stronger areas, such as Mexican film or representations of Latinos in Hollywood, could sustain serious film research.

The film collection exists presently in three locations throughout the University, with various lending and use practices.


This is the principle LACS collection, which now contains more than one hundred films, about half of them feature-length films, the other half documentary or educational films for class use. There are over twenty-five films on Mexican or Chicano themes (including seven annotated classics of the noted director Arturo Ripstein) and well-used documentaries such as the PBS “Americas” series (ten episodes) and Carlos Fuentes’ “The Buried Mirror” series (five episodes.).

Films are available to Stony Brook faculty, graduate  and LACS Minor students only . Contact Sarah Harrington, Assistant to the Director, at SBS N335 (632-7517) for sign-out procedures.

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These 25 LACS films were first acquired under a University ‘Diversity Grant’ won by Professors Kathleen Vernon and Cora Lagos in 1998. They are located in the Central Reading Room video collections of the main Melville Library (1st Floor). The LACS films are kept under the separate “Video Permanent Reserve” area behind the main desk. Approximately 30 other Latin-America-related films are also found in this collection, including the five-part “Caribbean Eye” documentary series and another teaching copy of PBS “Americas.” All students or Faculty with current University ID may borrow these films for up to two-days. Films may also be advance reserved for semester teaching dates. For information, call 632-7110.