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Vieques : worth every bit of struggle /
directed by Mary Patierno.
New York : Filmakers Library, 2006.
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New York : Filmakers Library, 2006.
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011).
Puerto Rico was expropriated by the U.S.Navy in the 1940s. Many of its pristine beaches became launching sites to test explosive weaponry. Inhabitants were moved, their homes razed, to make room for the naval base. In true colonial manner, the US ignored the complaints of the residents who were being poisoned by fall -out and deafened by explosions. In this film, the islanders recount the grim story of the "occupation," their suffering from high cancer rates due to the fall -out of heavy metal particles, and the poisoning of the fish. While the US was paid $98 million a year by foreign governments to use Vieques for weapons testing and military training, none of the money was passed on to the residents of the island. Gradually a protest movement grew among the peace-loving islanders. In 1999, after two misfired bombs accidentally killed a civilian security guard, the movement became more passionate and better organized. Finally, in 2003, the Navy ceased all testing and training on the island. This was the first step in a complicated process of demilitarization, decontamination, and development of the community. Many inhabitants still chafe at the fact that a large parcel of land has been declared a nature preserve and therefore off limits for housing. Nevertheless, this is a David and Goliath-like story of a community reclaiming its land against enormous odds.
language note
This edition in English.
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target audience
For College; Adult audiences.
Previously released as DVD.

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