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Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and as part of its commitment to celebrating the diversity of our nation year-round, PBS today announced an on-air lineup commemorating the unique experiences and culture of Hispanic Americans that have shaped Latino – and American – history. With fascinating documentaries, new and encore episodes from popular titles, and the 28th ANNUAL HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS, PBS’ programs will enrich viewers’ understanding of Hispanic Americans with an in-depth look at the stories, music, and issues that have impacted, and continue to influence, Latino history and culture.

American Masters “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” | Watch Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10pm on WMHT-TV --- Watch Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 9am and 3pm on WORLD

Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. A special presentation of AMERICAN MASTERS and VOCES. 

POV - “Don’t Tell Anyone” (“No Le Digas a Nadie”) | Watch Friday, September 21, 2015 at 12am on WMHT-TV --- Watch Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6:30pm on WORLD

Meet immigrant activist Angy Rivera, the country’s only advice columnist for undocumented youth. In a community where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, she steps out of the shadows to share her own parallel experiences of being undocumented and sexually abused.  

On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam | Watch Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10pm on WMHT-TV --- Watch 

Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one a POW and the other a protestor at home. 

The Women’s List: American Masters  | Watch Friday, September 25, 2015 at 9pm on WMHT-TV

Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ new “List” film featuring Madeleine Albright, Gloria Allred, Laurie Anderson, Sara Blakely, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Elizabeth Holmes, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Aimee Mullins, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Shonda Rhimes, Wendy Williams and Nia Wordlaw. 

Voces: Season 4 | September - October (See blog post for episode details)

The films in the new season of VOCES explore the ever-evolving relationship between Latino culture and the larger fabric of American society, from a classic movie set in remote Texas to modern day Hollywood to the frontlines of the drug war

Latino Americans | Watch starting October 5, 2015 at 7pm on WORLD

Join narrator Benjamin Bratt for a documentary series that chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become the country’s largest minority group.

The 30th Annual Imagen Awards | Watch Friday, October 9, 2015 at 6pm on WORLD

The 30th Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities and Latino-focused projects, including programs that have aired on PBS. This year'snominees include America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, the Children of Giant documentary, Voces, Palmetto Scene: East coastMigrant Head Start, from South Carolina Educational Television and an on-air spot, Jessica Suarez PSA, out of Vegas PBS.

Our American Family: The Barreras | Watch Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7pm on WORLD

The first half of the 1900's represents the last era of American life that, for most families, began largely unchanged from the generations that came before. OUR AMERICAN FAMILY: THE BARRERAS From the darkness of a coal mine in New Mexico to vibrant beauty under the California sun, Our American Family: The Barreras Family provides a compelling narrative of unwavering commitment to family. Life in the remote company-owned town of Madrid in the 1920s and '30s was a mixture of hard, dangerous work offset by the joy of baseball and celebrations. With the closing of the mine in the early '40s, the extended family re-established itself in southern California by living frugally and powerfully supporting one another through challenges.

PBS Arts Fall Festival: Unity – The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson | Watch Friday, October 9, 2015 at 9pm on WMHT-TV

World-class drummer and percussionist Sheila E. hosts a concert special that showcases award-winning Latin artists and a 37-piece orchestra performing Latin-infused arrangements of the songs on Tony Succar’s album Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson. The album and concert feature 16 songs that inspired musicians from all over Latin America to come together to celebrate and reimagine hits such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean.” On its release in April 2015, the album topped the Amazon Latin World Music Charts, the iTunes World Music Charts and the Billboard Tropical Charts at #1. Produced by Unity Entertainment Corporation and Oregon Public Broadcasting in association with Universal Music Classics. 

Hispanic Heritage Awards | Watch Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 9pm on WORLD

Join host Rita Moreno for a celebration of the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program includes performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.  Talent and honorees TBA.  

PBS Arts Fall Festival: Great Performances “Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do” | Watch Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9pm on WMHT-TV

Legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera has been lighting up international stages for more than 70 years. With starring roles in such iconic Broadway shows as West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago, Rivera returned to Broadway in 2015 to star in the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical The Visit. In addition to archival clips from Rivera’s many shows and TV appearances, this career retrospective also features interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen, Carol Lawrence and many more to tell the story of Rivera’s peerless show biz virtuosity. 

Independent Lens: The State of Arizona | Watch Monday, November 9, 2015 at 10pm on WORLD

This vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passed SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue — activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers and others — and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.

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