MOVIE INFORMATION FOR
SPANISH CLASSES

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Bee Movie
Happy Feet
Horton y el Mundo de los Quién
Una Aventura Congelada (Frozen)

FAMILY/FRIENDSHIP
Al Otro Lado
Atlético San Pancho
Bee Movie
Bella
Carol's Journey (El Viaje de Carol)
Casi Casi
Cautiva
El Norte
Entre Nos
¡Gol! El Sueño Imposible
Happy Feet
Horton y el Mundo de los Quién
La Bamba
La Historia Oficial
La Misma Luna
Los Colores de la Montaña
Los Diarios de Motocicleta
María, Llena Eres de Gracia
The Princess and the Barrio Boy
Real Women Have Curves
Rudolph, El Pequeño Venado
Selena
Shrek I, II, III
Sugar
Una Aventura Congelada (Frozen)
Una Vida Mejor
¡Viva Cuba!
Voces Inocentes
Walkout

FUN
Atlético San Pancho
Bee Movie
Casi Casi
Frosty, El Muñeco de Nieve
Happy Feet
Horton y el Mundo de los Quién
The Princess and the Barrio Boy
Real Women Have Curves
Rudolph, El Pequeño Venado
Shrek I, II, III
Una Aventura Congelada (Frozen)
¡Viva Cuba!

HISPANIC CULTURE IN THE U.S.

Bella
Entre Nos
¡Gol! El Sueño Imposible
La Bamba
La Misma Luna
María, Llena Eres de Gracia
The Princess and the Barrio Boy
Real Women Have Curves
Selena
Sugar
Una Vida Mejor
Walkout


HOLIDAYS
Frosty, El Muñeco de Nieve
Rudolph, El Pequeño Venado

HUMAN RIGHTS
Al Otro Lado
Carol's Journey (El Viaje de Carol)
Cautiva
El Norte
La Historia Oficial
La Misma Luna
Los Colores de la Montaña
Los Diarios de Motocicleta
María, Llena Eres de Gracia
Una Vida Mejor
Voces Inocentes
Walkout

IMMIGRATION
Al Otro Lado
El Norte
Entre Nos
¡Gol! El Sueño Imposible
La Misma Luna
María Llena Eres de Gracia
Sugar
Una Vida Mejor

MUSIC

La Bamba
Selena
Una Aventura Congelada (Frozen)

POLITICAL CONFLICT/WAR
Carol's Journey (El Viaje de Carol)
Cautiva (Dirty War - Argentina)
El Norte
La Historia Oficial (Dirty War - Argentina)
Los Colores de la Montaña (Land mines - Colombia)
Voces Inocentes (Civil War - El Salvador)


POVERTY

El Norte
Entre Nos
Los Colores de la Montaña
Los Diarios de Motocicleta
Una Vida Mejor
Voces Inocentes

SPORTS/ATHLETES
Atlético San Pancho
Bella
¡Gol! El Sueño Imposible
Sugar

BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF THE BEST MOVIES
TO SHOW SPANISH CLASSES
We have created movie packets filled with high quality pre and post viewing activities so that students get the most out of viewing all of the following movies.  Each movie packet contains pertinent vocabulary and crossword puzzles, writing, speaking, and reading activities, and excellent cultural information and video activities about all of the countries and cultural elements represented in the movies.  Cloze activities and speaking, reading, writing, and listening activities for popular songs are also included. These DVD movie guides can be used to teach entire units on immigration, human rights issues, the Dirty War in Argentina, the Civil War in El Salvador, environmental issues, the role of Hispanics in the United States, sports, and many other interesting cultural topics.

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Atlético San Pancho = This fun and inspiring movie shows that hard work, dedication, and a great leader are all a group of young misfit soccer players from Mexico need in order to bring their little town together for the Copa Coca Cola championship.  This movie demonstrates Mexico’s passion for soccer and themes include the importance of education, family, role models, and friendship.  Not Rated

~ Al Otro Lado = This movie tells the immigration story of 3 different children, one from Mexico, one from Cuba, and another from Morocco.  Al Otro Lado portrays many cultural elements of Spain, Mexico, and Cuba while showing the perils immigrants face and the loss experienced when families separate.  Not Rated

~ Bee Movie = Bee Movie is a funny animated movie that is a great tool to use to highlight environmental issues with your Spanish classes.  Barry B. Benson is a graduate bee fresh out of college who is disillusioned at his lone career choice of making honey.  On a rare trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City.  As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans are mass consumers of honey and decides to sue the human race for stealing bees' honey. Rated PG

~ Bella = Bella is a heartwarming love story about life, relationships, and our capacity for love in the face of the unexpected.  Bella took the top prize at Toronto’s International Film Festival by winning the highly-coveted “Peoples Choice Award”. This DVD and movie guide can be used to teach your students about the themes of forgiveness, loss, courage, and love interwoven with lessons about Hispanic culture, World Cup Soccer, Puerto Rico, and Spanish Harlem.  Rated PG 13

~ Casi Casi = Casi Casi tells the story of a group of fun-loving teenagers in Puerto Rico who devise a plan to help Emilio win the heart of his high school crush by getting her elected as the class president.  Rated PG

~ Carol’s Journey = El Viaje de Carol relates a beautiful story about a young girl who travels to Spain with her mother to stay with her relatives during the Spanish Civil War.  This movie and movie packet provide the backdrop to learning about this significant time period in Spain’s history.  The movie and related materials will hold the students’ interest because of the additional videos and activities, the easy-to-understand and relatable themes, and the touching story of friendship and family loyalty.   Not rated  

~ Cautiva = Cautiva effectively tells the heartbreaking story of the desaparecidos of Argentina’s dirty war through the eyes of a teenage girl who suddenly finds out that she is the child of a kidnapped young couple who were activists during this tumultuous time in Argentina’s history.  This movie effectively shows the reactions and opinions of the people who supported the regime and the fear of those who dared to oppose the government.  
Not Rated but there is a shower scene with brief nudity, a baby being born scene and a nursing baby scene that the teacher may wish to skip or blur depending on the age, maturity, and background of students.

~ El Norte = El Norte is a classic movie that illustrates the desire for 2 Guatemalan teens to escape the political persecution and violence they face in their home country.  This movie shows the willingness of immigrants to risk everything to pursue a better life and it depicts many elements of life in Guatemala, including some use of the Indian language, Quiche.  
Rated R War-related violence

~ Entre Nos = This immigration movie is based on the true story of a young Colombian girl who came to the United States with her mother and brother and found they would have to struggle to survive in a new land where they had no family and they did not know the language.   Not Rated

~ Frosty, El Muñeco de Nieve = This fun holiday movie brings the joy of the holidays alive while teaching useful conversation expressions and reinforcing the themes of friendship and love.  The movie is in Spanish with songs in English.

~ ¡Gol! El Sueño Imposible = Goal! The Dream Begins tells the story of a young undocumented soccer player from a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles who travels to England to follow his dream of playing professional soccer.  This movie will be a favorite of students as the actors are great and the story is inspiring and very sweet.  ¡Dos pulgares arriba! Rated PG

~ Happy Feet = Happy Feet is an animated wonder about a misfit penguin named Mumble who protects his friends and teaches others about what is most important in the world.  This movie highlights environmental issues and is a great addition to any unit on the environment.  Rated PG

~ Horton Y El Mundo de los Quién = Horton the elephant demonstrates tremendous kindness and patience as he struggles to help the small creatures who live on the flower petal that he found in the forest.  This movie inspires students to want to do the right thing while it teaches fun and useful conversation vocabulary and expressions.  Rated G

~ La Bamba = The true story of pop idol Ritchie Valens brings alive his music (sung by Los Lobos during the movie) along with the touching story of his family who went from a life working as migrant workers to a life of opportunity and promise during the late 1950's.  This classic movie shows several examples of discrimination against Latinos along with highlighting the importance of family and persevering to overcome obstacles.  Rated PG 13

~ La Historia Oficial = This movie is a gripping drama that shows the atrocities of the Dirty War in Argentina.  The movie shows a History Teacher who is forced to look at the ugly truth of her country’s history and she eventually questions whether her adopted daughter is the child of one of the desaparecidos (political prisoners).  There is actual footage of the protesters called Las Madres de la Plaza in this movie and the lead actress was forced into exile after her portrayal of this part.  Rated R

~ La Misma Luna = Carlitos is the central character in this beautiful immigration story of a mother’s love for her child and a son’s bravery to make a better life for himself.  This story has so many heroes and touching moments that it will be a favorite of all who watch it.  Rated PG 13

~ Los Colores de la Montaña = Los Colores de la Montaña shows the beauty of Colombia and its people as well as the dangerous aspects of living in this South American nation.  The story is told through the eyes of the children that live in a small, rural mountainous region in Colombia.  The children witness the strong desire of their teacher to give them a voice by educating them, as well as the fear that exists among the people of their village due to landmines, paramilitary groups, and violence.  There are so many rich cultural themes depicted in this film, and the scenery in the movie is breathtaking!   
Not Rated

~ Los Diarios de Motocicleta = This film is based on diaries and letters to home written by Ernesto "Che" Guevara during a motorcycle tour through Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Peru during the early 1950s, years before Guevara achieved international renown as a Communist and Latino revolutionary.  Diarios de Motocicleta depicts a gentle, healing nature in the main character, and allows the viewer to draw conclusions as to how and why Ernesto Guevara transformed into the brutal, fierce revolutionary “Che” Guevara.  The scenery including that of Machu Picchu is extraordinary.  
Rated R
   

~ María, Llena Eres de Gracia = Maria, a young Colombian girl, leaves her small village in search of a means to help her family financially and she ends up being a drug mule on her way to the United States.  This DVD and movie guide can be used to enlighten your students about the issues facing this dynamic country and will also expose your students to the different dialect and accent of Colombian Spanish speakers, while entertaining them with a touching story of a young girl searching for a better life far from home.  Rated R

~ The Princess and the Barrio Boy = La Princesa y El Chico del Barrio is a lighthearted, but touching movie about young love, friendship, family unity, and typical high school issues such as grades and sports.  Sirena and Sol are the main characters who come from different backgrounds but learn valuable lessons from each other along the way as they fall in love.  This movie shows several important aspects of Hispanic culture in the United States.  Rated F for Family

~ Real Women Have Curves = East Los Angeles is the backdrop for this comedic drama about a teenage girl trying to figure out whether she should follow her dream of getting a college education or doing what her Hispanic family expects by getting a job to help support the family.  The dialogue is ¾ English and ¼ Spanish with superb examples of Hispanic culture in the United States.  Rated PG 13

~ Rudolph, El Pequeño Venado = In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas is almost cancelled because of a fierce storm. Rudolph saves the day with his glowing nose, guiding Santa's sleigh through the snow. This is the traditional Christmas story that reminds students it is a wonderful thing to have differences and being a good friend is very important.  This classic holiday movie is in Spanish with songs in English.

~ Selena = Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the award-winning Tejano singer who sang both in Spanish and English, is played brilliantly by Jennifer Lopez in this film.  Selena tells the story of the beautiful Latin superstar, who was tragically killed by her employee because she was caught stealing from Selena.  This movie features many of Selena’s most popular songs, and her rise to fame despite facing early obstacles is portrayed beautifully.  Rated PG

~ Shrek I, II, III = All three of the Shrek movies feature a loveable ogre and his hilarious friends as they set off on journeys of adventure.  These movies contain common useful conversation expressions along with characters that students identify with and love.   

~ Sugar = Sugar tells the story of a Dominican baseball player who comes to the United States as a recruit for a professional team.  Sugar shows the background of how young players get their opportunity for a big break to come to the U.S.  Cultural elements of the Dominican Republic such as merengue as well as immigration issues are depicted beautifully in this film.  Rated PG 13

~ Una Aventura Congelada (Frozen) = This adorable movie has adventure, romance, an amazing soundtrack (especially in Spanish), and its characters are such great role models for friendship and loyalty.   Princess Anna and Queen Elsa are beautiful, yet complex characters and Olaf the Snowman and Sven the reindeer are hilarious!  The Spanish version is very well done and the dialogue is easy to understand.  Rated PG 

~ Una Vida Mejor = This heartbreaking and moving story is about Carlos Galindo, a kind, hard-working man who comes to the United States to create a better life for his wife and little boy.  He tries to do the right thing but faces constant obstacles while also living in fear of being discovered by La Migra.  Una Vida Mejor shows the harsh realities of what happens to families as a result of illegal immigration and the search for the American dream.
Rated PG-13


~ Viva Cuba = This movie is a fun, lively movie about two little Cuban kids who are best friends and they decide to run away when Malú’s mom tells her that she is taking her away from Cuba to live in another country.  In addition to the beautiful images of Cuba and the Cuban dialect that exist throughout the film, cultural elements such as opinions about the government and typical school uniforms and conduct are seen.  This movie is an excellent way to introduce topics such as Operación Pedro Pan, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the cultural impact of Cubans on the United States.   Not Rated

~ Voces Inocentes = This movie is the incredibly moving story of a little boy who lives in civil war torn El Salvador during the 1980’s.  The movie is based on a true story and it does an amazing job of teaching this important historical event.  Voces Inocentes depicts how the war affected the schools, the church and its leaders, individual families, and the child soldiers who were made to serve in the government’s army even at the young age of 12.  Students will never forget this movie, and although it is very poignant, it is also inspiring and uplifting.     Rated R for war-related violence

~ Walkout = Students will identify with the inspirational story of the courageous walkout student organizers from East Los Angeles during the 1960’s who have today become successful role models.  Students will learn about Famous Hispanics, issues related to education and Hispanics serving in the Armed Forces, and the cultural impact of Hispanics in the US then and now. Information about César Chávez and other Chicano heroes is also included both in the movie and in the video guide.  Not Rated

 


"Si tienes la oportunidad de ayudar a alguien y no lo haces, estás malgastando tu vida."
                          - Roberto Clemente, Sugar