DivEdCo - Art for Social Change

In 1949, the Government of Puerto Rico established the Division of Community Education of Puerto Rico or DivEdCo, for its acronym in Spanish (División de Educación de la Comunidad). Its impact on Puerto Rican society and culture was immeasurable. The DivEdCo grouped together some of the most prominent local artists, authors, composers, and filmmakers to produce a series of materials – films, posters, and booklets – with the expressed purpose of educating the people about issues such as health, public safety, democracy, literacy, and civic participation. In addition to promoting its educational agenda, the DivEdCo also emphasized the importance of preserving Puerto Rican cultural values and traditions that had been increasingly disappearing.

About 100 of these films are conserved in…

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  • Los peloteros
  • Vecinos
  • A Small Plot of Land
  • A Voice on the Mountain
  • Arecibo
  • Cabo Rojo
  • Las manos del hombre
  • The Guitar
  • Pueblo en acción
  • Cantares de Navidad
  • From the Clouds
  • The Bridge
  • Modesta
  • Nenén of the Moorish Way
  • Regalo de reyes
  • Roots of Happiness
  • I, Juan Ponce de León
  • Flowering May
  • Danzas puertorriqueñas
  • Elisa Tavárez
  • Ignacio
  • The Carver of Wooden Saints
  • The Local Boss
  • The Plena
  • What Do Women Think?
  • When Fathers Forget
  • The Contemplated
  • Hurricane
  • Parranda campesina
  • Romance musical
  • The Secret
  • Brainless John
  • Doña Julia
  • Intolerance
  • The Yoke
  • Pedro Flores
  • It Happened in Piedras Blancas
  • Belén
  • Don Manuel's Night
  • El gallo pelón
  • Milagro en la montaña
  • Splendor
  • A Drop of Blood
  • The House of a Friend
  • The One with White Shanks
  • Geña la de Blas
  • Hope
  • La guardarraya
  • The Awaited Man
  • The Jug
  • Tuna de Comerío
  • Chela
  • Fernandito Álvarez y su Trío Vegabajeño
  • Serenade
  • The Challenge
  • Festival Navideño
  • La ronda incompleta
  • The Good Inheritance
  • Waves and Sand
  • Fragment
  • Maratón San Blas
  • Mensaje de Navidad
  • A Day in the Life
  • Pueblito de Santiago
  • Adventures of Chico