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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.

Sabor Ártico: Latinos En Alaska

14m 10s

Latinos face unique challenges in the Arctic environment where things can be extreme, remote, and sometimes inaccessible. “Sabor Ártico: Latinos En Alaska,” a short documentary, introduces viewers to a growing population of Latinos in Alaska through poignant interviews that give insight on the importance of food and culture in adapting to the Arctic environment and in forging their identity.

Episodes

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

    Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground

    S2020 E2 - 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.

Extras + Features

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

    A Vietnam Veteran’s Mission to the White House

    S2021 E2 - 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

    S2021 E2 - 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

    S2021 E2 - 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.

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

    A Fallen Veteran’s Family Faces Deportation

    S2021 E2 - 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

    S2021 E2 - 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

    S2021 E2 - 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.

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

    Cuba Censors José Lezama Lima

    S2021 E1 - 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 | Letters to Eloisa: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Letters to Eloisa

    S2021 E1 - 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

    S2021 E1 - 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.

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