Programming: Hispanic Heritage

KCET produces the Emmy® winning Los Niños en Su Casa, the Spanish language companion to A Place Of Our Own. KCET's two Peabody Award-winning daily informational television series are designed for parents, grandparents, and childcare providers of young children. Los Niños en Su Casa airs on KCET seven days a week at 6:00 a.m. and weekdays at 1:00 p.m.

KCET also presents the 24/7 Spanish-language public television V-me, which is available on Time Warner Cable.

As part of its ongoing celebration of the rich and vibrant heritage of Hispanic culture and history, KCET will broadcast several specials and programs throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, in addition to short video profiles of each honoree.

Tuesday, September 15 (10:30 -11:00 p.m.) The Big Squeeze is a joyful leap into the heart of Texas music. And where there's music there's usually some grilling going on. That's why Herminio Ramirez builds a stage right in the tiny kitchen of their Houston home for his son John. From the urban barrios of Houston to the colonials along the U.S.-Mexican border, legacies fueled by the passion-stirring combination of family, friends and food, is being passed along. In The Big Squeeze, we follow 16 year old John Ramirez and other young musicians as they do battle at the statewide accordion throw down.

Wednesday, September 16 (10:00 -11:00 p.m) Voces "Celia The Queen" is a documentary that explores the life and legacy of a woman whose voice symbolized the soul of a nation and captured the hearts of fans worldwide. Erupting onto the Cuban music scene as the lead singer for La Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz broke down barriers of racism and sexism. This film shows the diversity of the people whose lives she touched, from stars such as Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, and Wyclef Jean, to ordinary people all over the world. The story traces Celia's exile from her beloved Cuba until her death in 2003. A co-presentation with National Black Programming Consortium.

Thursday, September 17 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.) Voces "Antonia Pantoja: Presente" tells the story of educator-organizer Antonia Pantoja, founder of the New York-based advocacy organization, Aspira. A passionate, indomitable leader, Pantoja worked with Puerto Rican "immigrant-citizens" to fight against second-class citizenship and to secure a bilingual voice. Through passionate personal testimony, never-before-seen home movies, archival footage and the work of visual artist Juan Sanchez, the feisty Antonia Pantoja guides viewers through the Puerto Rican community's struggles and triumphs.

Monday, September 21 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.) Voces "Bracero Stories" Bracero explores the personal experiences of five former "guest workers" in the controversial U.S.-Mexican bracero program, which granted temporary work contracts to several million Mexican laborers between 1942 and 1964. Their interwoven stories, illustrated with archival materials, create a composite narrative of the bracero experience. Interviews with other participants in the program assess its effectiveness and lasting impact. The discussions mirror and inform current concerns about illegal immigration and the role of imported labor in U.S. economic development.

Saturday, September 26 (9:00 - 10:30 p.m.) P.O.V. 2010 "Made In L.A." focuses on Los Angeles, now the country's center for apparel manufacturing. However, many of its factories bear an eerie resemblance to New York's early 20th-century sweatshops. "Made in L.A." follows the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.'s garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table. This intimate film offers a rare and poignant glimpse into the "other" California, where immigrants in many industries toil long hours for sub-minimum wages, fighting for an opportunity in a new country.

Saturday, September 26 (10:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.) Independent Lens "Our Disappeared / Nuestros Desaparecidos" tells the story of a brutal regime through experiences of director Juan Mandelbaum. Through a casual Google search, Juan finds out that Patricia, a long lost girlfriend from Argentina, is among the thousands who were kidnapped, tortured and then "disappeared" by the military during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Juan embarks on a journey to find out what happened to her and others he knew who disappeared and re-examines his own choices. Using rare archival footage he evokes the dreams for a revolution that would transform Argentina. As he shares stories told by parents, siblings, friends and children of the disappeared, Juan grieves the tragic losses and shows that when brutal regimes attack the fabric of a country with great impunity, the suffering lasts for generations.

Friday, October 2 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.) Voces "The Golden Age" documents one season of the highly competitive "Golden Age" soccer league in Corona Park, Queens, N.Y. The teams are made up of former World Cup players (now middle-aged) from Central and South America. These incredibly skilled players, their former glory a fond memory, muscles creaking, hairlines receding and waistlines expanding, now work as window washers, traders, electricians; but the weekend is theirs. The game is slightly different but the passion remains.

Tuesday, October 6 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)Voces "Special Circumstances" At 16, Héctor Salgado was arrested and tortured by Pinochet's forces. By 20, Héctor was without a country, living in exile in the U.S. Special Circumstances follows Héctor as he returns to Chile almost 30 years later, camera in hand, to confront the perpetrators and his former captors, looking for answers and justice.

In the process, the film takes an unflinching look at U.S. foreign policy in Latin America in the '70s and the legacy of Pinochet with which Chile still struggles today.

Monday, October 12 (9:00 - 11:00 p.m.) Latin Music USA is a film American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues. Music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize, it's a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. The first hour, "Bridges," traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha cha chá as they sweep the US from east to West. Latin music infiltrates R&B and rock and roll through the 1960s. In the second hour, "The Salsa Revolution," Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent the Cuban son and the Puerto Rican plena, adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa, which becomes a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.

Thursday, October 15 (8:30 - 10:00 p.m.) Cafe De Los Maestros is a celebration of the tango that gathers together tango directors, musicians and singers from the 1940s for an unforgettable series of fiery and passionate performances.

Thursday, October 15 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.) Concierto para Mendez centers on the life of trumpeter Rafael Mendez. A native of Mexico, he made his home in Los Angeles for many years and was a beloved role model for several generations of young musicians. Placido Domingo says, "Rafael Mendez was an artist who inspired millions through his appearances in film, television and in concerts around the world." Part concert, part opera, part oratorio and part film score, Concierto para Mendez is a multi-media performance which features four operatic voices, a solo trumpeter, a narrator (portrayed by mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman), and the L.A. Opera Orchestra, conducted by Richard Kaufman. Concierto para Mendez was created by composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks, and was performed by L.A. Opera.

Thursday, October 29 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)Voces "Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music" Of all the musicians who have contributed to the popularity of Latin music, none is more recognized than the man known simply as "The King," Tito Puente. His family, friends and colleagues all pay homage here: Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Armand Assante, Geraldo Rivera, Jimmy Smits, Paquito D'Rivera and many more.

The life of this influential bandleader, percussionist and composer - and one of the most charismatic performers of all time - is recalled through archival footage and interviews as well as excerpts from one of his last concerts.

Monday, November 2 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)Voces "Soy Andina" tells the story of two women raised in different worlds: an immigrant folk dancer from the Andes, and a modern dancer from Queens, NY, who return to Peru to reconnect with their culture. After 15 years in New York, Nelida Silva returns to fulfill a lifelong dream and host the fiesta patronal -- a celebration of dance, music, and rituals from Incan times. Meanwhile Cynthia Paniagua, a dancer raised in Queens, embarks on her own journey, determined to "quench a burning desire to know the real Peru, to unearth the mystery of the dances." Soy Andina is an exuberant cross-cultural road trip, yet its theme is universal: a yearning for roots and connection in turbulent times.

Wednesday, November 18 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)Voces "Dream Havana" In August 1994, more than 30,000 Cubans attempted to leave the island by sea. Two writers, friends since adolescence, are faced with a choice: continue struggling with the hardships of the island or brave the open water on a homemade raft. Ernesto Santana chooses Cuba; Jorge Mota, chooses the sea. This is the story of their struggles, their successes and the friendship that binds them across the distance, from Chicago to Havana.

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