KCET Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, KCET will feature specials throughout the month of September, beginning September 15. Ranging from topics of dance and art to issues of politics and law, these programs highlight the dynamic Hispanic life and culture. Check out the list below:

Sunday, September 15 @ 4:30PM -- "Cruz Reynoso: Sowing The Seeds of Justice"

This documentary in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month paints a portrait of a man touched by injustice as a child who dedicated his life to fighting discrimination and inequality as a lawyer, judge and teacher. The compelling biography, told through a combination of archival footage and interviews, charts Cruz Reynoso's humble origins, his appointment to the California Supreme Court (the first Latino justice to serve in the state's highest court) and more recently, his leadership on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Friday, September 22 @ 4PM -- "KCETLink Presents: Sotomayor & Longoria -- A Conversation With the U.S. Supreme Court Justice"

In this KCETLink special being rebroadcast in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks to actress/activist Eva Longoria about Sotomayor's new book, "My Beloved World". Justice Sotomayor, the first Hispanic -- and third woman -- to sit on the United States Supreme Court, speaks of her humble beginnings in the Bronx housing projects, her struggles to learn English and to overcome financial hardships, as well as her courageous choices and inspiring successes.

Monday, September 29 @ 4:30PM -- "Vamos Al Baile (Let's Go to the Dance)"

In this third program commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month, a stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience. Enjoy performances by award winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests. Interspersed with interviews. Vamos al Baile (Let's go to the Dance) captures the different styles of Mexican-American music and the family atmosphere of the dance halls in which they are performed.

Tuesday, October 1 @ 9PM -- "Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth"

"Papers" is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. Eleven million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. Of those, four and a half million were brought to the U.S. as children. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut. 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without "papers." It is against the law to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college. They live at risk of arrest, detention and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for most of these young people. Graham Street Productions produced this film in association with El Grupo Juvenil (the "Papers" Youth Crew). These youth producers were actively involved in all aspects of the production. They have worked in collaboration with immigrant youth around the country who want to tell their stories and change immigration policy.

Tuesday, October 8 @ 9PM -- "Immigrant Nation: The Battle For The Dream"

Immigrant Nation! is a feature documentary film about the modern immigrant rights movement. In particular, it is the story of the struggle of Elvira Arellano, a single mother from Chicago, who fought her deportation. The film also interweaves the stories of individuals,organizations, activists and community leaders united by passion and a concern for justice. This film illustrates the opposition to the controversial HR4437 immigration bill as well as the ongoing struggle and demand for comprehensive immigration reform.

Tuesday, October 8 @ 10PM -- "Explore: Southwest Borderlands"

The American Southwest is a complex region where cultures transcend political borders. Join Charlie and the explore Team as they meet people pursuing a life in the United States while struggling to maintain their cultural heritage and longstanding traditions.

Tuesday, October 15 @ 9PM -- "Linda Ronstadt: In Conversation"

Climbing to the top of the music industry is a feat for any artist, especially if you're a woman in the male-dominated music industry. Linda Ronstadt is one of the few female rock icons who not only broke through the glass ceiling, but remains one of the most adored performers of our era. KCETLink, in partnership with the literary series Writers Bloc, will televise a special interview on Oct. 15 at 9PM. with Ronstadt and award-winning journalist and radio personality Patt Morrison, discussing the rocker's latest memoir, "Simple Dreams." Ronstadt exposes the long and difficult road to becoming the most successful rock singer of the '70s and also reveals her inability to sing again due to her recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. The live event, filmed by KCETLink, took place on Sept. 24 at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica.


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