Vanguard Cinema (Firm)
Most widely held works by Vanguard Cinema (Firm)
Mojados through the night = Wetbacks : through the night ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in Spanish and held by 429 libraries worldwide
Filmed over the course of ten days, this follows four men into the world of illegal border-crossing from Mexico to the United States. Guapo, Oso, Tigre, Viejo take the 120 mile cross-desert journey that has been traveled innumerable times by nameless immigrants who - like these four from Michoacan, Mexico - all had a simple dream for a better life. Fighting dehydration and exhaustion while evading the U.S. Border Patrol through sub-zero temperature darkness of night, filled with barbed wire, brutal storms and the ever-present confrontation with death, they endure unimaginable hardship that is the reality for tens of thousands of illegals who have made this similar journey.
Brothers on holy ground ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 287 libraries worldwide
Mike Lennon, a retired New York City fireman, sat down with over a dozen firefighters, a dispatcher, a few Manhattan residents, and a handful of 9/11 widows. With utter simplicity, each of the participants tells his or her story. What makes this film remarkable is the candidness of its interviewees coupled with their resilience in the midst of agony. With a clarity rarely seen, this film delivers an insight into how singular a group of people firefighters are, and how incredibly they responded that day to a situation none of them could have anticipated.
Człowiek z Marmuru Man of marble ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1976 and 2003 in Polish and held by 260 libraries worldwide
In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut. She studies his stint as a proletariat hero, how that heroism was created, and what became of him.
So weit die füsse tragen As far as my feet will carry me ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in German and held by 224 libraries worldwide
Journey of German soldier Clemens Forell in his dramatic escape from a Siberian labor camp after World War II. Through bitter cold and life-threatening adventures, Forell is determined to reunite with his family.
Afghan stories ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 214 libraries worldwide
Exposes the extraordinary life experiences of ordinary people coping with turmoil as the world comes down on their country once again. The U.S. war on the Taliban is only the latest in the series of 24 years of war and tyranny. But amazingly the new generation, who have never known peace, still have hope and dream of a future lived in prosperity and peace.
All the days before tomorrow ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 213 libraries worldwide
Joey Kern and Alexandra Holden play pals who ought to be lovers, but their timing has never been right. When Alison makes a late-night visit to Wes on the eve of leaving for Tokyo to rejoin her beau, the two chums travel down an emotional memory lane, discovering truths about their relationship in the process.
Os carvoeiros ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in Portuguese and held by 205 libraries worldwide
Examines the subject of environmental destruction through the plight of the impoverished migrants in Brazil who produce charcoal for use in the production of pig iron by chopping down the Amazon rainforest. The film examines their daily lives and work as they burn timber in huts, children and elders alike, struggling to feed their families.
Ratas, ratones, rateros ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2001 in Spanish and held by 191 libraries worldwide
Salvador, a young delinquent, gets mixed up in the affairs of his ex-convict cousin who is in search of easy money and a hideout. Dragging along his family and friends, Salvador ends up destroying the few things that made sense in his life.
Vacas ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in Spanish and held by 185 libraries worldwide
A saga spanning over half a century of the twisted goings on between families in Northern Spain. From the Carlist Wars of 1875 to the Spanish Civil War in the thirties, the fathers, sons and grandsons are locked in an absurdly stubborn and emotionally exhausting conflict. Sometimes there seems to be no escape from how family ties dictate our fate.
練習曲 ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in Chinese and held by 180 libraries worldwide
Before graduating from college, a hearing-impaired, handsome young man decides to cycle around Taiwan, where he rediscovers his roots, makes new friends, and falls in love.
Motherland ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 175 libraries worldwide
Six grieving mothers from the United States who have suffered the death of a child take a physical and emotional journey to South Africa to deal with their loss and try to heal their wounds, thousands of miles from home, by volunteering to work with impoverished children. The women all share a desire to make sense of their tragedies and to move forward with their lives.
Amanecer de un sueño Awakening from a dream ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in Spanish and held by 171 libraries worldwide
Abandoned by his mother at the age of eight, Marcel is raised by his loving grandfather, Pascual. But when he turns 21 and prepares to move out, starting a new life with his girlfriend, he must choose between caring for Pascual, who has become sick with old age, and pursuing his dreams and desires.
Silencio roto Broken silence ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in Spanish and held by 167 libraries worldwide
Lucia is attracted to Manuel, who is a supporter of the anti-Franco Resistance. When Manuel is pursued by Franco's Civil Guard he flees to the mountains and Lucia discovers the reality of political repression - the silence, the horror, the fear.
Racing daylight ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
A ghost story, and a supernatural love story transcending time. Sadie is a librarian in the present time who's returned to the family farm. She's pretty content with life, until a man appears in her mirror, calling her Anna before he disappears.
3 Américas ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in Spanish and held by 155 libraries worldwide
It's the end of spring in Boston, Massachusetts. With summer approaching, 16-year-old America has two issues, or so she thinks. She hates school and her aunt Carolina's alcoholic husband, Joey. She passes the days shoplifting, hanging out with her friends and trying to avoid Joey. After a life-changing event, America, whose Spanish is limited, is sent to Buenos Aires, Argentina to live with her reclusive and anti-American grandmother, Lucia America Campos.
Zemsta ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2003 in Polish and held by 145 libraries worldwide
"Two 17th century aristocratic families, due to decline in their ancestral legacies, inhabit separate parts of a crumbling castle and thrive on making each other miserable. The feuding noblemen try to outwit one another for romance and control over their extravagant realm while their family members pursue their selfish interests of greed and lust. Thwarted lovers, mistaken identity, closed-door couplings and long simmering feuds abound in this delightful farce!"--Container.
Back and forth De ida y vuelta ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2002 in Spanish and held by 143 libraries worldwide
Filiberto, a Mexican migrant worker, returns to his home town after working for three years in the United States.
Cruzando Crossing ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in Spanish and held by 138 libraries worldwide
Manuel learns that his imprisoned father is going to be executed in the next week at a Texas prison. The only problem is that Manuel lives in Mexico and his wife is expecting their firstborn within the week. So, Manuel decides to trek across Mexico with his camera toting friend, Diego, and make a documentary that turns out to be both heartwarming and funny.
Mararía ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in Spanish and held by 138 libraries worldwide
Set on the island of Lanzarote during the Spanish Civil War, this is the story of young Dr. Fermin who becomes the island doctor and falls under the spell of the bewitching Mararía. She returns his attentions until a young English surveyor arrives. Mararía is attracted to the Englishman and this sets the stage for tragedy for each of them.
Blanca Nieves realizado vivo ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in Spanish and held by 119 libraries worldwide
A jealous queen attempts to get rid of her beautiful step-daughter, Snow White. The queen changes into a witch and tempts Snow White with a poisoned apple which puts her into an everlasting sleep, until a prince finds her in a glass coffin and awakens her with love's first kiss.
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