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Hispanic Heritage Month Programming on WETA World

Hispanic Heritage

WETA proudly celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with special programming that highlights the rich culture and history of Hispanic Americans. Schedule subject to change; visit our schedule page for complete listings.

 

America Reframed: The Unafraid

America Reframed: The Unafraid

Tuesday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. 

The film documents the four-year-long story of undocumented Latinix students and their families who, under DACA, are deferred from deportation and are eligible to work. However, under recent administration changes and lack of program funding, the teens must fight for their future as the national debate about immigration continues to evolve. Repeats Sat 9/19, 10 p.m.

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Reel South: Santuario

Reel South: Santuario

Tuesday, September 15 at 9:30 p.m. 

Follow Guatemalan grandmother Juana Ortega as she uses religion and faith to give her light while facing deportation.

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Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice

Willie Velasquez

Friday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. 

Meet Willie Velasquez, a man who led one of the most important Latino voting rights projects in advance of the 2016 elections. He launched over 1,000 registration drives in hundreds of cities, paving the way for Latinos to have a voice in government and influencing the power of the Latino vote in the U.S. 

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Raúl Juliá: American Masters

Raúl Juliá

Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Explore the life of the charismatic Puerto Rican actor who starred in a range of roles on stage and screen, from Shakespearean plays to The Addams Family. The film features interviews with Rita Moreno, James Earl Jones, Jimmy Smits, and more.

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Salsa! The Dance Sensation

Salsa! The Dance Sensation

Saturday, September 19 at 9:30 p.m.

Dubbed by many the most popular social dance in the world, salsa is practiced by people of all ages, ethnicities, and cultures. Learn how this folk tradition exploded into the mainstream, as narrated by singer, songwriter, and record producer Willy Chirino. The film delves into the dance as an art form, as a bonding agent, and as a chronicler of history and family tradition.

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Voces: The Pushouts

The Pushouts

Sunday, September 20 at 9:00 p.m.

Meet Victor Rios, a high school dropout and former gang member turned award-winning professor. As the school-to-prison pipeline continues to disproportionately affect minorities, Rios works with teens to combat racial stereotypes and the “push-out” of minority teens from schools. Repeats Wed 9/23, 11 a.m. on WETA World; Sat 9/26, 11 p.m. on WETA PBS

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Doc World: Siqueiros: Walls Of Passion

Doc World: Siqueiros

Sunday, September 20 at 10:00 p.m.

Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) made his name on the world stage through his activism and epic paintings, including his Los Angeles mural “América Tropical.” Siqueiros worked on an international level, promoting his revolutionary version of muralism in the United States, South America, Cuba, Europe, and the Soviet Union.

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Ivy League Rumba

Ivy League Rumba

Sunday, September 20 at 11:00 p.m.

Narrated by Afro-Cuban music historian Emilio San Pedro, the film captures some of Latin music’s top performers. The work explores the Latino influence on mainstream American music and world culture by highlighting vital musical exchanges between Cuba and the United States. Repeats Mon 9/21, 11 a.m. on WETA World 

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America Reframed: The Hand That Feeds

America Reframed

Tuesday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m.

At a popular bakery café in Manhattan, patrons get served with a smile 24 hours a day. However, behind the scenes, some of the undocumented immigrant workers earn far below the minimum wage. Filmed at the onset of the service economy wage wars, "The Hand That Feeds" tells the story of the power struggle that turned a single city block into a battlefield.

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Our American Family: The Barreras

Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 22 at 9:30 p.m.

From the darkness of a coal mine in New Mexico to vibrant beauty under the California sun, Our American Family: The Barreras provides a compelling narrative of unwavering commitment to family.

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The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

Friday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m.

This documentary spotlights the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author, and countercultural icon Oscar Zeta Acosta. At the same time, it explores issues of racial identity, criminal justice, politics, and police brutality. Repeats Sun 10/11, 3 p.m. on WETA PBS 

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Voces: Children of Giant

Children of Giant

Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m

Travel to the set of the classic George Stevens’ film “Giant,” in Marfa, Texas. Explore how the groundbreaking film both reflected and transformed the lives of the town’s European and Mexican-American residents.

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Compadre Huashayo

Hispanic Heritage Month

Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 p.m.

The first western classical composition ever designed for South America's native instrumentation features composer Gabriela Frank, who created a special orchestral work for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

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Voces: Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno

Adios Amor

Sunday, September 27 at 9:00 p.m. 

Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, Maria Moreno became an outspoken leader during a time when women were silenced. Follow Moreno’s story and her fight to create equality for farmworkers.

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Doc World: Sands Of Silence

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Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 p.m.

A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking leads reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle to the windswept beach where her childhood ended, and family secrets began. Through interviews with past victims, the film exposes sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas.

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P.O.V. Shorts: Cherish

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Sunday, September 27 at 11:30 p.m.

Follow three different stories as the film documents the many types of love through memory, community, and family.

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Home Truth

Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.

The documentary explores one family’s pursuit of justice and reveals flaws in the ways in which society handles domestic violence cases and abuse. 

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America Reframed: Councilwoman

America Reframed: Councilwoman

Tuesday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m.

The film spotlights Carmen Castillo, a first-term city councilwoman who maintains her job as a hotel housekeeper while advocating for a new minimum wage for working families in Providence, Rhode Island.

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P.O.V.: America

P.O.V.: America

Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. 

Follow the life of Diego, a surf shop worker and performest, whose life takes a turn when he must return to Mexico to care for his grandmother. Split between his love of family and the lure of earning money, Diego must learn to balance his work and personal life through unforeseen challenges. Repeats Sun 10/11, 7 p.m. on WETA PBS 

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P.O.V.: Brimstone & Glory

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Friday, October 2 at 9:00 p.m.

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is unlike any other festivity in the world. Conflagrant revelry engulfs the town as artisans show off their technical virtuosity. For the three-quarters of Tultepec residents who work in pyrotechnics, the festival anchors their way of life and celebrates celebration itself.

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Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream

Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream

Monday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. 

A social worker, ethnographer, and three artists provide unique perspectives on how Cuba is shaped by an ongoing culture of revolution.

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Re-Evolution: The Embargo

Hispanic Heritage Month

Monday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The film examines the ongoing impact of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, a longstanding prohibition on economic exchange that is known to Cubans as "el bloqueo.” 

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Re-Evolution: Salud

Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.

This film looks at Cuba's unique management of health and agricultural resources and examines how development in these areas could highlight possible solutions to global challenges. 

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Re-Evolution: Suenos

Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. 

This episode examines individual views and perceptions of Cuba – especially American ones – and the many, varied dreams that are held for the country’s future. 

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Major League Cuban Baseball

Major League Cuban Baseball

Friday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m.  

The film traces the experiences of Cubans at the most accomplished levels of America's national pastime – baseball – and explores their deep cultural and emotional connection to the game. 

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POV: Voices of the Sea

Voices of the Sea

Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. 

In this tiny, remote Cuban fishing village, a mother of four young children, longs for a better life. The tension between wife and husband -- one desperate to leave Cuba, the other content to stay -- builds into a high stakes family drama after her brother and the couple's neighbors escape.

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Doc World: Border South

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Sunday, October 11 at 10:00 p.m.

The “North-American Migrant Trail” extends for over 2,300 miles, from southern Mexico to the U.S.-Mexico border. Under intense U.S. pressure to stem immigration from Central America, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on the trail north, forcing migrants into more dangerous territory. Told against the backdrop of the trail, this film weaves together migrant stories from different vantage points.

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America Reframed: American Dreams Deferred

America Reframed

Tuesday, October 13 at 8 p.m.

A film follows NYU graduate student William Caballero as he turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family, whose members are plagued by social, medical, and public health issues. U.S. health care and culture is examined through this young man's lens, which also explores both his and his family's dreams.

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