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Arlene Alvarez claims that the visual arts had a strong impact on rural Puerto Rican communities during the 1940s and 1950s. She notes that artists and social workers traveled to rural areas to introduce farmers to modern modes of health care, sanitation, food preparation, and community organization. Because many rural people were barely literate, posters and films were important to the education process. Alvarez draws attention to the close collaborations between artists and filmmakers to produce images that were understandable to Puerto Rican audiences. She discusses graphic arts as related to two films: La Buena Herencia (1955) and La Plena (1957).