KCET Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Special Programming

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KCET celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with programs showcasing the contributions and rich cultural history of Latinos in our community.

Hispanic Heritage Month Programming

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Harvest Of Loneliness -9:35 p.m.

Shedding light on the current debate over immigration reform and the use of "guest workers" in American agriculture, this historical documentary examines what was known as the Bracero Program-a system put in place from 1942 to 1964 to recruit Mexican farm laborers for temporary work in the United States. The film presents ample testimony from surviving braceros as well as family members and descendants of these displaced workers, who typically went north expecting not just high wages but also humane treatment and working conditions-expectations that were rarely if ever met. Featured experts include Mexican activist and politician Victor Quintana, Bracero Program in California author Henry Anderson, and several others.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Visa Dream - 10:30 p.m

Visa Dream tells the touching story of one family's experience gaining entry into the United States. Representatives from the U.S. Consulate demystify the visa process and illuminate the reasons why they approve some applications and deny others. The film's main characters are Ramon and Aurora Chavez, an elderly couple living in Jalisco, Mexico, who have not seen their children in 16 years. They are a family divided, connected only by photo albums and phone calls. A camera crew follow the Chavez's step-by-step through the tourist visa application process, which begins at the U.S.Consulate two hours away in Guadalajara. There, visa document specialists and a U.S. Consulate officer describe their roles, detail the reasons why certain individuals receive visas while others do not and explain what their interview questions aim to reveal.

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Visions of Aztlan -9:35 p.m.

This hour documentary surveys art produced by Mexican American artists throughout the Southwest, from the turbulent protests of the 1960s to the present day. Archival film begins the broadcast, showing how white society and the police discriminated against anyone with a Hispanic surname. Chicano artists in California, Arizona, New Mexico and South Texas began to wonder how they could produce art that would better the plight of their people, to document their experiences and celebrations, and to speak to their community. The best and most representative of that art from the last forty years is presented in a variety of forms, from oil paintings to lowrider car art, from sculpture to murals, from posters to masks. This collection gives form to the tradition of Aztlan, which is the ancient indigenous homeland of the Mexican peoples.

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Su Salud Primero / Your Health First - 10:30 p.m.

Hosted and narrated by ABC's Primetime co-anchor John Quinones, Su Salud Primero explores the health-care crisis in the Latino community. Personal stories illustrate the value of preventative and primary health care and lifestyle changes necessary to overcome the restrictions of illness. Survivors of heart disease and cancer speak candidly about learning to put their health first. Throughout the special, leading medical experts talk about the unique needs of Latino patients, cultural barriers and the importance of communication and understanding between the medical community and the Spanish-speaking population. The documentary also looks closely at the innovative programs breaking the economic and social barriers that traditionally have kept many Latinos from health care.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Twenty-Five Hundred And One - 9:35 p.m.

Inspired by the plight of villagers from his hometown, Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago created 2,501 clay sculptures to help bring attention to the issue of immigration. The documentary chronicles Santiago as he sculpts the life-size works of art, which represent each of the 2,500 villagers from Teococuilco, Mexico who migrated north in search of work.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Hecho A Mano: Cretividad En El Exillio - 10:30 p.m.

Hecho a Mano: Creativity in Exile weaves together the stories of four Cuban artists living in Miami: pianist Francisco 'Paquito' Hechavarría, sculptor Tony Lopez, and ceramists Nelson and Ronald Curras. From their beginnings in Cuba to their early experiences in exile to today, the film explores their dedication to craft and their ability to keep creating under often challenging circumstances. A documentary about life's unexpected turns and the joy of working with your hands.

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