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“Artists Call” —Video

The Kitchen

The Artists Call program was important both for its educational value and as a public acceptance by the art community of a political responsibility it’s often accused of avoiding. I didn’t see all the video activities held during it—there were panels and performances on cable as well as special screenings at the Museo del Barrio, Millennium Film Workshop, and Downtown Community Television. The highlight for me, though, was the series of documentaries about Central America by such U.S. independents as Karen Ranucci and Jon Alpert, Thomas Halsall, DeeDee Halleck, and many more, shown at the Kitchen. These tapes not only provided information about specific political and economic issues in each of the Central American countries (revealing in many cases how similar and yet how different those questions are), but, more importantly, gave a rich view of the texture of life in those countries—how

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