Campo de Frijoles Milagro

Campo de Frijoles Milagro

The Milagro Beanfield War

1 h 57m

DVD in Spanish, English and French with subtitles in Spanish, French and closed captioning for English.

Spanish Lesson Plan

Introduction: Introduce your students to the socially relevant and engaging story of "Campo de Frijoles Milagro" with our comprehensive Spanish lesson plan. Directed by Robert Redford, this film explores themes of activism, community, and socio-economic struggles, making it an excellent tool for language learning and cultural exploration.

Film Summary: In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the local Hispanic farmers, they cannot arouse much opposition because of the short-term opportunities offered by construction jobs. But when Joe Mondragon illegally diverts water to irrigate his bean field, the local people support him because of their resentment of water use laws that favor the rich. When the Governor sends in ruthless troubleshooter Kyril Montana to settle things quickly before the lucrative development is canceled, a small war threatens to erupt.

Additional Details: Released in 1988, "Campo de Frijoles Milagro" features a talented cast including Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, and Sonia Braga. The film is known for its compelling depiction of socio-economic issues and community resilience. It won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. The DVD includes audio in Spanish, English, and French with subtitles, making it a valuable resource for language learners.

Suggested Dates for Classroom Use:

  • March 22: World Water Day, discussing the film’s water rights themes
  • April 22: Earth Day, exploring environmental and socio-economic issues
  • October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating Hispanic culture and history
  • December 10: International Human Rights Day, focusing on social justice themes

Conclusion: Using "Campo de Frijoles Milagro" in your classroom not only enhances language skills but also provides insights into themes of social justice and community activism. This lesson plan includes structured activities, discussion questions, and cultural notes to enrich the learning experience. Created for teachers, by teachers, our comprehensive lesson plans ensure you have all the resources needed for an engaging and educational classroom experience. IMDB

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Director: Robert Redford

Cast: Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga

Audio: DVD in Spanish, English and French with subtitles in Spanish, French and closed captioning for English.

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