I am a big believer in the power of video and movies to teach and convey messages not possible with only the written word. I have listed here some of the best films related to El Salvador. Each one also has a link where you can get more information or to acquire a copy of the film.
Romero. The movie which tells the tale of the beloved pastor of the Salvadoran poor. Link
Innocent Voices. Academy award nominated movie about child soldiers during El Salvador's civil war. Link
Return to El Salvador. Documents the aftermath of a 12 year civil war and the interplay between the Salvadoran people and the US politics and policies that directly influence the Central American country. Link.
Which Way Home? The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants from Central America as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “ The Beast.” It puts a child's face onto the topic of migration. Link.
Roses in December. Documentary about the life of Jean Donovan, a lay missionary who was one of 4 US church women assassinated in December 1980 in El Salvador. Link.
Recycled Life. Award-winning documentary about the guajeros, the persons who earn their livelihoods in the Guatemala City dump. Link
Endless Exodus. This film examines the lives of the illegal immigrant from homes in Central America and Mexico to difficult lives working in the US economy. Link.
Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story. Maria Guardado was kidnapped and tortured during El Salvador's civil war. This documentary traces how that searing experience drove her to become a prominent activist in the Los Angeles area. (Link)
Maria's Story. Maria Serrano was a wife, mother, and guerrilla leader. With unprecedented access to FMLN guerrilla camps, the filmmakers chronicle Maria’s daily life in the war as she travels from village to village organizing the peasant population, and helps plan a major nationwide offensive that led the FMLN into the historic peace pact of 1992. (Link)
When The Mountains Tremble. This award winning film tells the story of Rigoberta Menchu, the indigenous Guatemalan woman who struggled for the rights of her people during Guatemala's civil war and ultimately won the Nobel Peace Prize. (Link)
Not A Game. This powerful documentary looks at child labor across the world, including the children who work in the mangrove swamps of El Salvador. Link.
18 With A Bullet. PBS documentary about the "18", one of the two dominant gangs in El Salvador. Link
Scar of Memory. Documentary about the 1932 massacre in El Salvador of thousands of indigenous peasants following an uprising led by Farabundo Marti. Link.
Our Backyard: Realities of War. Offering a close-up view of personal experiences of the violence, suffering, loss and displacement that resulted from raising families in the turbulence of civil war, Our Backyard, focuses on three families in El Salvador and Nicaragua who were caught between internationally financed armed forces and the local guerrilla resistance. Link.
Mano con Mano: Stories of Solidarity. Two families reflect on how becoming involved in solidarity with El Salvador has enriched and changed their lives. Link.
If you know of other movies and documentaries which ought to be on the list, let me know using the comment feature on this page.