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Americas in Transition

Americas in Transition

AMERICAS IN TRANSITION provides a concise and fast-paced history of the volatile forces that rocked Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua in the 1970s and 1980s.
Drawing on interviews with the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, former CIA director Lyman Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Murat Williams, and Maryknoll missioner Peggy Healy, the film examines the roots of dictatorship, attempts at democracy, communist influences, and the U.S. role in Latin American politics.

AMERICAS IN TRANSITION remains the best introduction to U.S. relations with Latin America, and the underlying causes of unrest there.

'An outstanding documentary! A coherent interpretation of an area whose problems have been obfuscated by incomplete media coverage and inconsistent U.S. policies.'- Ardis Nelson, Florida State University

'Should be required viewing for every American.'- Los Angeles Times


Main credits

Benz, Obie (film director)
Benz, Obie (film producer)
Asner, Edward (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Judith Sobol; music, Wendy Blackstone, Bernardo Palombo.

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Distributor subjects

Central America
Global Studies
History (U.S.)
History (World)
Human Rights
International Relations
Latin America
Latin American Studies
Political Science
U.S. Foreign Policy


Guatemala; Dominican Republic; Chile; El Salvador; American; US; U.S.; intervention; involvement; communism; revolt; uprising; revolution; communist; military; armed; government; Murat Williams; Carlos Fuentes; Lyman Kirkpatrick; Obie Benz; Oscar nominated; documentary; film; video; DVD; "Americas in Transition"; Icarus Films; ,doc; history; shod; politics

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