Indie Films

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.

Letters to Eloisa

54m 44s

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.

Episodes

  • Letters to Eloisa: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Letters to Eloisa

    54m 44s

    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Moving soon to WETA Passport

    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

  • Our Stories, Our Movement: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Our Stories, Our Movement

    2m 16s

    Another death of a construction worker on the job in Austin fuels the need for change in the industry. Workers are moved to tell their own stories of struggle with the hope to empower workers across the state to stand up against unsafe and exploitative working conditions.

  • Transformation: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Transformation

    1m 57s

    Southwest Voter Vice President, Lydia Camarillo shares her story of the first time hearing Willie give a speech.

  • Preview | Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview | Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

    30s

    This documentary examines the life and death of pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is his transformation from a mainstream, establishment Los Angeles Times reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became a martyr to the Latino community.

  • Trailer | Escaramuza: Riding From The Heart: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Escaramuza: Riding From The Heart

    30s

    Escaramuza: Riding From The Heart is the story of Las Azaleas, a team of first-generation Mexican American horsewomen on a two-year journey to represent the United States at the National Charro Championships in Mexico.

  • Trailer | Alex Birnel | Latino Vote: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Alex Birnel | Latino Vote

    30s

    Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to turn out the Latino vote in this year’s election. Alex Birnel, advocacy manager of MOVE Texas, discusses registering voters.

  • Trailer | The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

    30s

    This is a fresh and genre-defying film about the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon Oscar Zeta Acosta — the basis for the character Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, written by legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson.

  • Trailer | Building the American Dream: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Building the American Dream

    30s

    Across Texas an unstoppable construction boom drives urban sprawl and luxury high-rises. Its dirty secret: abuse of immigrant labor. The film captures a turning point as a movement forms to fight widespread construction industry injustices. A story of courage, resilience and community, the film reveals shocking truths about the hardworking immigrants who build the American Dream.

  • New Generation: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    New Generation

    2m 34s

    Julian Castro talks about the new generation of Latino voters.

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

    Trailer | Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno

    30s

    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.

  • Trailer | Unfinished Spaces: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Unfinished Spaces

    30s

    Unfinished Spaces looks at the ever-shifting history of Castro’s Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who may get a second chance to revitalize their utopian project.

  • 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.

  • Social Justice Attorney: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Social Justice Attorney

    2m 47s

    Explore Oscar Zeta Acosta’s brief stint as a legal aid attorney in Oakland, California’s poverty program in 1966, and his commitment to battling social injustice and racial/economic discrimination on behalf of the underprivileged. After a mental breakdown, depressed, and hooked on meds, Acosta leaves Oakland, California for Aspen, Colorado in search for his self-identity.

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