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Hopes and Struggles of Mozambican Refugees
Produced, Directed and Edited by Fr. Luis Proença, S.J.

In 1994, over one million people crossed a war torn landscape to return to the place they remembered as home. They found an Africa devoid of wildlife and scarred by land mines but full of hope for the future. This is their story.

Hopes and Struggles of Mozambican Refugees© 2005, 58 min., Digital Betacam,. International Satellite Broadcast on RTP - Africa (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa, which broadcasts over all Africa) on April 3rd,, 2006  and on April 8th , 2006. Telly Awards (Silver) 2006.

ISBN 0-9779707-0-1, Los Angeles: Arrupe Productions, 2006. Distributed by Hope Media Productions .


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Pukiki, The Portuguese Americans of Hawai'i
Produced, Directed and Edited by Fr. Luis Proença, S.J.

In 1876 the Reciprocity Treaty was signed between the Kingdom of Hawaii and United States of America, opening a huge market for Hawaii's Sugar Plantations.

Hawaii needed skilled workers fast and the Portuguese responded. The thousands of Portuguese from the islands of Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde who came to Hawaii between 1878 and 1913 would change Hawaii forever.

Today, the third and forth generation of Portuguese-Hawaiians question their past. With their language lost and their contributions heavily woven into the multi-cultural fabric of Hawaiian culture, some find themselves wondering if they are Portuguese, Hawaiian or American.

"Pukiki - The American-Portuguese in Hawaii", © 2003. Digital Betacam, 45 minutes.  Official Selection at “Hawaii International Film Festival” (Oct.31, 2003).  International Satellite Broadcast on RTPi (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional) on October 6th, , 2003 at 1:15 PM and 7 PM (California time) and on October 9th , 2003 at 11:30 PM (California time) 2003. TV Broadcast on Maui TV Channel-32 Akaku on October and November 2003.  TV Broadcast on RTP2 (Channel 2 in Portugal) on June 10 at 7 PM, 2004.  International Satellite Broadcast on RTPi on October 22, 2005 at 2: 30 PM (CA time).  International Satellite Broadcast on RTP Africa on March 25, 2007 at 7:45 PM (CA time). International Satellite Broadcast on RTPi on March 25, 2007 at 8:00 PM (CA time). Telly Awards 2003 and Aurora Gold Award, 2004

ISBN 0-9779707-1–X,  Los Angeles: Arrupe Productions, 2006. Distributed by Hope Media Productions. Review in English and Review in Portugues


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Touchstone: The Rock Art of the Coa Valley
Produced, Directed and Edited by Fr. Luis Proença, S.J.

A half-hour documentary about the Paleolithic figures discovered along ten miles of the Coa riverbeds in Portugal. Since its discovery in 1995, the site has been considered the most important archeological complex of outdoor engraved Paleolithic rock art in the world.

These animal and human figures represent some of the earliest known attempts by humankind to record and express ideas.

“ Touchstone – The Rock Art at Coa Valley ”, © 2004 – Digital Betacam, 30 minutes. Award of Excellence 2005 from “The Videographer Awards” and Telly Awards 2005.  Official Selection of the “6th International Archaeological Film Festival of the Bidasoa” (October 2006). It will be in display at the Museum – “Parque Arqueologico do Vale do Coa “ – Portugal.

ISBN 0-9779707-3-6, Los Angeles: Arrupe Productions, 2006. Distributed by Hope Media Productions.


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Tradition: As Festas e tradições dos Portugueses na Califórnia
Produced, Directed and Edited by Fr. Luis Proença, S.J.

The Portuguese in California are a thriving community with a compelling story that is an integral part of the history of this state. Attracted by the Gold Rush, the Portuguese (mainly from the Azores Islands) found their passage to California as crewmembers aboard American whaling ships and began arriving in the mid-1800s.

They brought with them not only their traditions, but also an intense desire to succeed in this land of opportunity. The Feasts of the Holy Spirit, embody the memories of the past and showcase the integration of Portuguese intoCalifornia culture.

“Tradition – As Festas e Tradições dos Portugueses na Califórnia” © 2006, Digital Betacam, 30 minutes. International Satellite Broadcast on RTPi (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional, which broadcasts over the all world) on May 29th, , 2006, June 2nd  at 7:15 PM (California time) and on June 4th , 2006. International Satellite Broadcast on RTP Africa on March 31, 2007 at 8:30 PM (CA time). International Satellite Broadcast on RTPi on March 31, 2007 at 8:30 PM (CA time). Award of Excellence 2006 from Telly Awards (Silver).   Producer, Director and Editor.
ISBN 0-9779707- 4 - 4, Los Angeles: Arrupe Productions, 2006.
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Off the Boat: Histórias de Imigração dos Portugueses na Califórnia
Produced, Directed and Edited by Fr. Luis Proença, S.J.

The Portuguese in California are a thriving community with a compelling story that is an integral part of the history of this state. Attracted by the Gold Rush, the Portuguese (mainly from the Azores Islands) found their passage to California as crewmembers aboard American whaling ships and began arriving in the mid-1800s.

They brought with them not only their traditions, but also an intense desire to succeed in this land of opportunity. The Portuguese started in mining camps and later pioneered the growth of the California fruit industry, the settlement of the San Joaquin Valley, and the development of San Diego’s tuna industry.

“Off the boat – The Portuguese-Americans of California” © 2006, Digital Betacam, 30 minutes. International Satellite Broadcast on RTPi (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional, which broadcasts over the all world) on June 5th, , 2006, June 9th  at 7:15 PM (California time) and on June 11th , 2006. International Satellite Broadcast on RTP Africa on April 1, 2007 at 8:30 PM (CA time). International Satellite Broadcast on RTPi on April 1, 2007 at 8:30 PM (CA time).  Award of Excellence 2006 from Telly Awards.  Producer, Director and Editor.
ISBN 0-9779707- 5 - 2, Los Angeles: Arrupe Productions, 2006.
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