65 movies

A Voice on the Mountain

January 1, 1952

Field workers in Puerto Rico want to have a night school.

Splendor

January 1, 1962

It tells the story of a slave rebellion on a sugar plantation in the days leading up to the official abolition of slavery on the island on March 22, 1873.

The Challenge

January 1, 1965

Tells the story about a boy with a mental handicap. It was conceived as teaching tools to inform parents about the issues that they faced when confronted with the health and well-being of their children and of their right to social services.

Las manos del hombre

January 1, 1952

Educational documentary which extols the different forms of labor, and its importance to Puerto Rico’s progress.

The Carver of Wooden Saints

December 31, 1956

Zoilo Cajigas y Sotomayor is a carver of wooden models of saints. Don Zoilo is one of Puerto Rico's best-known artisans and was 96 years old at the time of the filming. The film shows the elaborate process behind his craftsmanship.

Nenén of the Moorish Way

December 31, 1955

A young boy becomes intrigued by one of the characters in his village's celebration of its patron saint.

The Bridge

January 1, 1954

The efforts of a community to build a bridge which would allow their children to go school during the rainy season.

Brainless John

December 31, 1959

A man believes all the advertising he hears.

Modesta

January 1, 1955

Prize winner, Venice Festival 1956. The DivEdCo’s most important attempt to depict women’s rights in the context of modernization processes in Puerto Rico. Modesta leads a group of women in Barrio Sonadora, Guaynabo, in a strike against their husbands to demand their rights in a domestic context.

Pueblo en acción

January 1, 1952

Three community projects in Naguabo, Fajardo, and Río Grande.

Vecinos

January 1, 1951

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Maratón San Blas

January 1, 1971

Documentary about the annual athletics event held in Coamo, with the participation of the world's best long-distance athletes.

La ronda incompleta

January 1, 1966

Documentary on patients of the Instituto Psicopedagógico (Psycho-Pedagogical Institute) of Puerto Rico.

A Day in the Life

January 2, 1993

This film did not make it past the editing process in 1953. It was released four decades later in 1993. Although specialists do not agree on the reason, it's likely that the movie's bitter tone and deviation from the dominant, uplifting DivEdCo narrative were the main reasons. Notable for its portrayal of "El Fanguito," a San Juan urban slum, and of country-city emigration at the dawn of Operation Bootstrap.

El gallo pelón

January 1, 1961

In the community of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, the main character, played by the esteemed comedian José Miguel Agrelot, buys a washing machine for his wife. However, the town has no electrical power. The movie’s depiction of the jíbaro as naive and comical created a rift among the DivEdCo personnel, especially its community organizers. It was censored by the government and shelved for many years.

Regalo de reyes

January 1, 1955

The film narrates the story of Kiko, a poor orphan child of rural Puerto Rico, whose dream is for his puppets to come to life and sing cheerful Christmas melodies, this as a gift of the Three Wise Men.

Parranda campesina

January 1, 1958

The Cordillera de Puerto Rico is presented while Gala Hernández and his group, together with Juaniquillo, perform melodies as part of a traditional Puerto Rican Christmas party.

Milagro en la montaña

January 1, 1961

The film recreates the miracle of the birth of Jesus in a Puerto Rican field. It begins with the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph, the birth of Jesus, and the arrival of the Three Kings.

Mensaje de Navidad

January 1, 1971

The Tuna Estudiantil de Cayey interprets several melodies of popular Christmas music. Special emphasis of typical musical instruments such as guitar, mandolin, güiros, and tambourines are made.

Tuna de Comerío

January 1, 1964

Short musical film in which young Puerto Ricans of the Tuna of Comerío interpret melodies of the Christmas folklore of Puerto Rico.

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