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10 Documentaries on South American Music to Watch Online

Nick MacWilliam from the blog Sounds and Colours has compiled a list of 10 documentaries, “looking at all manner of musical styles and movements from the region, with films focused on Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Venezuela.”

This list makes no attempt to rank the films, nor does it purport that these films are any better or worse than other music documentaries related to South America. The idea is to provide a sample of some of the films out there so that, firstly, they are enjoyed and, secondly, we hope they will open a few doors for our readers into new areas of regional identity.

The films are available online, for free.

‘Negreo Inc.’ Tumblr Blog Exposes Demeaning Job Offers in Argentina

Negreo Inc. [es] is a Tumblr blog dedicated to compiling the harsh working conditions and low wages which Argentine companies currently offer potential employees.

This ad [es], for example, is looking for “an ambitious salesman who wants to work 12 hours a day” for an income “based on results.”

You can help expose demeaning job offers by sending an email to negreoinc@gmail.com.

Buenos Aires to Host Indigenous Film Festival ‘BAIn’

From November 27 to December 4, 2013, Argentina's capital will host the Second Film Festival ‘Buenos Aires Indígena’ (Indigenous Buenos Aires). The festival, which seeks to disseminate and promote the work of indigenous filmmakers, will include panel debates where the public will be able to interact with the festival's participants.

You can follow updates about the festival through their Facebook page [es] or their Twitter account @BAInCine [es]

Argentina's Legislative Elections

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her allies lost by large margins in the biggest and most important elections in the country yesterday. Her legislative lists were crushed in Buenos Aires (both city and state), Cordoba, Mendoza, and Santa Fe. There is a reason that every major newspaper is talking about her defeat and even the pro-Kirchner media is relatively subdued in its spin. The voting showed a clear rejection of the president and a serious drop from her big 2011 election win.

Bloggings by boz lists five points on the legislative elections held in Argentina on October 27, 2013.

16 Books on Latin American Street Art

In Latin America, street art is of major cultural relevance. The region’s traditions of social movements and revolution have allowed the form to give voice to otherwise unheard sectors of the population. Of course, not all street art is politically or socially-oriented in content, but it does often provide insight into specific objectives and ideals.

Nick MacWilliam from Sounds and Colours browsed the online store Amazon “to see what’s readily available for those who are interested in the subject of street art in Latin America.” He recommends 16 books on the subject, covering Haiti, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and more.

Argentina's President to Undergo Surgery

President Cristina Fernández will undergo surgery today, October 8, to drain a brain hematoma.

Fernández was diagnosed with a subdual hematoma, bleeding in the brain, on October 5.

The Presidency's official website [es] published a statement [es] from Fundación Favaloro, the hospital where Fernández will be operated. The statement indicates that the doctor's suggestion to rest “had to be modified” because on October 6 she felt “a sensation of ‘tingling’ in her left arm”:

Faced with such symptoms, our team went to the residence of Olivos to carry out a physical and neurological examination, noting a transient and slight loss of muscle strength in the same upper limb.

The statement concludes:

In light of this, the [medical] team indicated surgery. The surgery consists of basically draining the hematoma.

Netizens in Argentina have been showing their support through the hashtag #FuerzaCristina.

TNW Announces Latin American Startup Awards Winners

In the lead up to this year’s The Next Web Conference Latin America, we’ve been running Startup Awards competitions in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil in search of the hottest startups and investors.

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The result has been absolutely amazing – in just under a week 18,448 people have cast a total of 31,000+ votes. We’ve seen finalists create beautiful social media campaigns, adding calls-to-action to their websites and we’ve even heard of finalists flying to other cities to strengthen their leaderboard position.

Wytze De Haan in The Next Web (TNW) announces the winners of the Latin American Startup Awards in each category: Best Consumer Startup, Best B2B Startup, Best Investor, and Best co-founder(s).

App Tracks Argentina's Congress Voting Records

An app called “Década votada” (A decade in votes) [es] aims to help citizens understand “Argentina’s National Congress elections and the degree of each candidate’s allegiance to their party at the moment of voting,” as Knight International fellow Mariano Blejman writes in Source.

Mariano, who specializes in data-driven journalism, interviewed the team behind the app. They told him, among other things:

We wanted to have a general snapshot of every vote to compare and visualize elections. Using colors to identify each political bloc, we were able to see how legislators were regrouped for various votes and understand the composition of Congress and which bloc approved or rejected each issue. By identifying individual legislators it’s possible to see how often they vote according to their party’s agenda.

We believe that we’ve solved the problem in a simple way that allows an easy querying of the role of blocs and legislators through time.

VIDEO: Stories from Argentina's Floods

A video series telling the human stories behind the heavy rains that hit La Plata in early April, 2013.

A video series highlighting human stories behind the heavy rains that hit La Plata in early April, 2013.

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