In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2019, KCET and PBS SoCal will air special programming throughout the month of September and October celebrating Hispanic culture. These shows will highlight the natural histories of Latin America, and explore the legacies of Hispanics in the United States, from the life of Puerto Rican actor Raúl Juliá, to the work of outspoken leader for farmworker rights, Maria Moreno. See the full schedule below:
American Masters - Ra
The World’s a Stage
Friday, September 13, 9:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 p.m. on KCET
Discover the life and career of Raúl Juliá, the charismatic, award-winning actor and humanitarian known for versatile roles on stage and screen, from Shakespearean plays to "The Addams Family." A co-presentation of VOCES and American Masters. Watch a Preview.
Latino Americans: Foreigners In Their Own Land
Wednesday, September 18, 8:00 p.m. on KCET
This series tells the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today. This first episode gives a survey of the history and people from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848. Watch a Preview.
Salsa: The Dance Sensation
Wednesday, September 18, 10:30 p.m. on KCET
Dubbed by many the most popular social dance in the world, it is practiced today by people of all ages, ethnicities, and cultures. In South Florida, this Latin-flavored dance, infused with Caribbean and African roots, is performed with distinct passion and artistry. From the nightclubs to the performance halls, from senior centers to salsa schools, the dance that began as a folk tradition has exploded into the mainstream. Watch a Preview.
The Salinas Project
Friday, September 20, 11:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Meet several children of migrant farm workers living in Alisal, a neighborhood around one hour south of the wealthy Silicon Valley, and twenty minutes east of the affluent Carmel area. Without resources, and sometimes undocumented, their future looks uncertain yet they cling to the hope of a better life.
VOCES: Porvenir, Texas
Friday, September 20, 10:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Wednesday, September 25, 10:00 p.m. on KCET
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. Watch a Preview.
Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams
Wednesday, September 25, 8:00 p.m. on KCET
See how the American population is reshaped by Latino immigration starting in 1880 and continuing into the 1940s: Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans begin arriving in the U.S. and start to build communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York. Watch a Preview.
The Rise and Fall of The Brown Buffalo
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 p.m. on KCET
This one-hour documentary is an innovative look into the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author, and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta, best known for his volatile friendship with legendary journalist-provocateur, Hunter S. Thompson. The author of two groundbreaking autobiographical novels, Acosta's powerful literary voice, brash courtroom style and notorious revolutionary antics made him a revered figure within the Chicano movement, and offered one of the most brazen, frontal assaults on white supremacy seen at the time. Watch a Preview.
Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost King
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. and Friday, September 27, 11:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Follow a team of scientists exploring royal tombs beneath the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacán. After decades of research, these imperial burial chambers may reveal clues about the long-lost Teotihuacán culture and its mysterious people. Watch a Preview.
The Wonders of Mexico: Forests of the Maya, Mountain Worlds, and Burning North
Thursday, September 26, 8:00
- 10:00 p.m on PBS SoCal
Travel south along Mexico's mountain spine, explore the tropical forests of the Maya and journey across the deserts of Northern Mexico to discover amazing wildlife and culture. All three episodes air back-to-back. Watch a Preview.
Mystery of the Mountain: Hidden in Plain View
Thursday, September 26, 11:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
What if one of the world's largest pyramids is waiting to be unearthed in Mexico? For centuries, a hilltop in Mexico has borne witness to the rise and fall of pre-Columbian societies, and to the creation and destruction of temples and pyramids. It’s also the focal point of a most unlikely mystery, and a possible sacred structure lost to history.
VOCES: Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno
Friday, September 27, 10:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Wednesday, Octobe 2, 10:00 p.m. on KCET
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. Watch a Preview.
POV: The Silence of Others
September 30, 10:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Learn about the struggle of victims and survivors of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco as they organize the groundbreaking "Argentine Lawsuit" and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity. Watch a Preview.
Ruben Salazar: Man In The Middle
Friday, October 4, 10:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Wednesday, October 9, 10:00 p.m. on KCET
This film provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century. Part political expose, part narrative deconstruction, part poetic meditation, the film is an independent and thorough investigation of the life and death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent Civil Rights era journalist. As it sheds light on Salazar's slaying by a Sheriff's deputy in 1970, it extricates him from the myths that were constructed to suit political agendas. It also offers a compelling look at an historical period that still resonates today – an era of repressive law enforcement and of a people's turbulent search for recognition as full-fledged Americans. Watch a Preview.
Monday, October 7, 10:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
Life’s easy for Diego, who works in a surf shop and performs on the boardwalk for tourists. Yet when his grandmother América injures herself, and his father — América's sole caretaker — is imprisoned for negligence, Diego returns to his hometown of Colima, Mexico, to care for her with his brothers Rodrigo and Bruno. Watch a Preview.
POV: Brimstone & Glory
Monday, October 7, 11:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. Conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. For the three-quarters of Tultepec residents that work in pyrotechnics, the celebration anchors their way of life. Plunging headlong into the fire, "Brimstone & Glory" honors the spirit of Tultepec and celebrates celebration itself. Watch a Preview.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards
Friday, October 11, 10:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal
The awards, established by the White House in 1987 to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in the US, are considered among the highest honors for Latinos by Latinos and recognize notable Latinos who have had a positive impact on America and the world in various fields. Watch a Preview.