This fall, the Penn Libraries purchased ongoing access to Pragda Stream, the leading educational provider for documentaries and feature films from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). With an interface similar to other library streaming services like Kanopy or Docuseek, Penn cinema fans can use this platform to browse and watch more popular and award-winning Spanish and Portuguese language films than ever before.
The Pragda Stream platform features films that are representative of the range of diverse cultures of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, with selections in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and Indigenous languages. Collections on the platform feature films that explore political and environmental movements, Indigenous peoples of Latin America, migration and exile experiences, and representations of women’s voices and the LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming community.
Some of the films that form part of this collection that will number close to 500 films at the end of 2023 include Chiracles (The Brickmakers), a Colombian documentary film from 1972 which depicts a family of campesino brickmakers with 11 children who make a living, scraping by as they haul bricks for landowners on the outskirts of Bogota; Los Lobos, a 2019 film by director Samuel Kishi, which follows a mother and her small children who emigrate to the United States, told through the eyes of the children; Martírio, a documentary filmed over the course of 40 years which documents the genocide of the Guarani-Kaiowá people, a large Indigenous group in the Mato Grosso do Sul region of Brazil who long fought as insurgents against agribusiness for their survival.
Connect to Pragda Stream through Franklin.