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VOCES

Produced by Latino Public Broadcasting, the acclaimed PBS documentary series VOCES features the best of Latino arts, culture and history and shines a light on current issues that impact Latino Americans. Devoted to exploring the rich diversity of the Latino experience, VOCES presents new and established filmmakers and brings their powerful and illuminating stories to a national audience.

Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground

55m 39s

Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to get out the Latino vote in the 2020 election. Political candidates are focused on maximizing turnout and support from Latinos, poised to be the largest non-white voting bloc.

Episodes

  • Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground

    55m 39s

    Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to get out the Latino vote in the 2020 election. Political candidates are focused on maximizing turnout and support from Latinos, poised to be the largest non-white voting bloc.

  • The Pushouts: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Pushouts

    54m 16s

    Meet Dr. Victor Rios, a high school dropout and former gang member turned award-winning professor, author and expert on the school to prison pipeline, who works with young people who have been pushed out of school for reasons beyond their control.

  • Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno

    55m 21s

    See how the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot: Maria Moreno, an eloquent migrant mother of 12 who became an outspoken leader for farmworker rights. Her legacy was buried – until now.

  • Porvenir, Texas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Porvenir, Texas

    55m 40s

    Discover the true story behind the 1918 massacre of 15 Mexican men in this tiny border town. 100 years later, the film asks what led to the events of that fateful night and reveals the tensions that still remain along the border a century later.

Extras + Features

  • A Fallen Veteran’s Family Faces Deportation: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Fallen Veteran’s Family Faces Deportation

    4m 51s

    Ashley Sietsema was 20 years old when she was deployed to Kuwait. Her mother, Olivia Segura, recalls receiving the news her daughter died. Amid grief, her husband was caught drinking and driving and has been scheduled for deportation. Segura says she fights for the rights of fallen veterans’ families because her family's pain is a result of the sacrifice her daughter made for this country.

  • Trailer | American Exile: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | American Exile

    30s

    Brothers Manuel and Valente Valenzuela both volunteered and fought in Vietnam. Fifty years later they are among thousands of veterans who are being deported. The brothers don their uniforms for one last fight, to bring all the veterans back home.

  • Disabled Veteran to be Deported Back to Pakistan: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Disabled Veteran to be Deported Back to Pakistan

    1m 13s

    Zahid Chaudry joined the military after coming to the U.S. from Pakistan on a tourist visa. He was trampled in bootcamp training and is now in a wheelchair. His citizenship request is denied for failing to disclose misdemeanors from his time in Australia and a documentation mishap while volunteering at his local police department. His wife Anne is crushed when his deportation order moves forward.

  • A Vietnam Veteran’s Mission to the White House: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Vietnam Veteran’s Mission to the White House

    2m 28s

    When Manuel Valenzuela went to Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971, he was 19 years old. He wears his uniform proudly to attend an event in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he announces his trip to Washington to deliver a letter requesting the president takes action to stop the deportation of veterans.

  • Veteran Self-Deports to Mexico to Live in Exile: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Veteran Self-Deports to Mexico to Live in Exile

    2m 28s

    While Manuel Valenzuela heads east to Washington D.C., his brother Valente Valenzuela heads south to Chihuahua, Mexico to self-deport and live in exile. Valente shares the emotional turmoil he has faced since receiving his removal notice — including his suicidal thoughts. “This is not what America is supposed to be,” Valente says. He tosses his war medals into the Rio Grande in disappointment.

  • Two Veteran Brothers Become Unlikely Activists: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Two Veteran Brothers Become Unlikely Activists

    3m 33s

    When Manuel Valenzuela finds out his brother also receives a letter of deportation, he is shocked and says, “Join the club, brother.” Both had minor offenses on their record, which landed them in deportation court decades later. They decide to fight together and hit the local newscast to share their story and start a movement to stop the deportation of fellow veterans.

  • Trailer | Letters to Eloisa: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Letters to Eloisa

    30s

    Based on correspondence with his sister in exile, "Letters to Eloisa" recounts the life of Cuban literary great José Lezama Lima, author of a homoerotic novel, "Paradiso," and tells the story of his silencing by the Cuban revolutionary government.

  • 'Paradiso' Stirs Scandal Amid Glory Upon Release: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    'Paradiso' Stirs Scandal Amid Glory Upon Release

    5m 30s

    Poet José Lezama Lima published his long-awaited novel "Paradiso" in 1966, revealing with it scenes that mirrored his own life and secrets he kept for decades. The novel was considered an exaltation of family as the center of human life. In the same way, it was considered an unprecedented invitation to think about being human in an erotic way, making it a source of scandal upon publication.

  • Cuba Censors José Lezama Lima: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cuba Censors José Lezama Lima

    7m 3s

    "Paradiso" marked José Lezama Lima as a writer too independent to be trusted by a government that required full compliance. Cuba censored his work as a result of the novel and suspicions that he was gay. Despite being forbidden in his own country, the novel was translated and revered worldwide. The poet grew hopeless as attempts to travel abroad were thwarted by denied exit visas.

  • Trailer | Andrea Mercado | Latino Vote: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Andrea Mercado | Latino Vote

    30s

    Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to turn out the Latino vote in this year’s election. Andrea Mercado, executive director of New Florida Majority, on Florida being a critical battleground state.

  • Mi Familia Vota: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mi Familia Vota

    2m 52s

    Ahead of the 2020 Nevada caucuses, Mi Familia Vota works to register young voters in this key battleground state. Organizers go to high schools and supermarkets in the heart of the Latino community; engaging and educating this electorate with the hopes of a historic turnout for this young and growing demographic.

  • Representation Matters: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Representation Matters

    2m 15s

    While the country grapples with racial injustices, Afro-Latinos are often overlooked in media and politics. Ilia Calderón, author and Univision anchor, talks about the Black Lives Matter movement, and the need for visibility and representation.

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