upper waypoint

On TV: Latinx Heritage Month

Save ArticleSave Article
Failed to save article

Please try again

Image from "Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno."

KQED is proud to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month in September and October with a special TV programming lineup. Premiere dates are listed below. Please click on each program for additional airdates and information.



10am Mexico—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless

7pm Pati’s Mexican Table

Sunday, September 15
4:30am Voces on PBS: Children of Giant
In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, "Children of Giant" explores the film's still timely examination of racial prejudice.

6pm Latino Americans: War and Peace
Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands - yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the United States.


 Friday, September 20
10pm Voces on PBS: The Pushouts
Meet Victor Rios, a high school dropout and former gang member-turned-award-winning professor, author and expert on the school to prison pipeline, who works with young people who have been "pushed out" of school for reasons beyond their control.

Sunday, September 22
6pm Latino Americans: The New Latinos
Review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s, as swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.

Friday, September 27
10pm Voces on PBS: Adios Amor-The Search for Maria Moreno
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.

Sunday, September 29
6pm Latino Americans: Pride and Prejudice
Witness the creation of the proud "Chicano" identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.

Monday, September 30
10pm POV: The Silence of Others
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.

KQED World

Image from "Los Comandos" by Joshua Bennett and Juliana Schatz-Preston.

Sunday, September 15
6am America ReFramed: Farewell Ferris Wheel
Farewell Ferris Wheel is an inside look at the struggles of a dying industry trying to stay alive by employing Mexican migrant workers with a controversial visa.

6pm Raul Julia: American Masters
Discover the life and career of Raul Julia, the charismatic, award-winning actor and humanitarian known for versatile roles on stage and screen, from Shakespearean plays to "The Addams Family."

7:30pm Doc World: Towards The North/Los Comandos
Los Comandos: A teenager from El Salvador must decide if she risks her life by staying behind, helping others or flee the country.
Towards the North: This short documentary gives an intimate look into the daily battles of asylum seekers seeking to leave Central America

8:30pm Reel South: Santuario
After 25 years of living in the United States, Guatemalan grandmother Juana Ortega is threatened with deportation and soon takes sanctuary in a small North Carolina church.

Monday, September 16
4pm Latino Americans: Foreigners in Their Own Land
Survey 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 as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848.

5pm Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams
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.

6pm Local USA: Behind the Scenes: Beyond Graduation
Meet Latino directors Alan, Dez, Georgiana, Carlos and Carla as they produce their all new short-form films that tell personal stories of Latinx youth transitioning from high school to life.

Tuesday, September 17
5pm America ReFramed: We Like It Like That
This program tells the story of Latin boogaloo is New York City. It is a product of the melting pot, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx and Brooklyn.

6:30pm 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.

Wednesday, September 18
4pm Home Truth
One family's story of pursuing justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence tragedies can linger throughout generations.

5pm Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo
An intimate look at the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author, and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta.

6pm Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice
Meet the charismatic pioneering activist whose rallying cry of "su voto es su voz" (your vote is your voice) started a grassroots movement that transformed the nation's political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote.

Friday, September 20
4pm On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam
Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class.

5:30pm POV: Voices of the Sea
Follow a  Cuban mother of four longing for a better life. The tension between wife and husband - one desperate to leave, the other content to stay - builds into a family drama after her brother and the couple's neighbors escape.

Saturday, September 21
10:30pm Beyond La Bamba
From the rural roots of Veracruz to the urban rhythms of the Midwest, a family of iconic musicians forges a new life but remains true to their music.

Sunday, September 22
8:30pm Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream
A social worker, an ethnographer, and three artists provide their unique perspectives on how Cuba is shaped by an ongoing culture of revolution that is more nuanced than meets the eye.

11pm Doc World: Tocando La Luz
The film weaves together the lives of three women who are blind and trying to survive in a rapidly changing Cuba.

Monday, September 23
6pm Local USA: Beyond Graduation—Docs
Two all-new short documentary stories that share the lives of Latinx youth dealing with life after high school.

Tuesday, September 24
4pm Reel South: 120 Days
After an unexpected traffic stop, a North Carolina judge has offered Miguel 120 days to get his affairs in order and self-deport to Mexico - leaving his wife and two daughters behind.

Wednesday, September 25
4pm Ivy League Rumba
Ivy League Rumba is a one-hour documentary showcasing today's Latin rhythms, which fuse temporary grooves with the power of traditionally rooted sounds.

5pm Reel South: Fiesta Quinceanera
Life for a Latinx immigrant family in the New South can be challenging and sometimes terrifying, but thankfully, there's always a fiesta to take you through the night.

6pm POV: Brimstone & Glory
For the three-quarters of Tultepec residents who work in pyrotechnics, the 10-day celebration anchors their way of life.

Friday, September 27
4pm Cuba:  A Lifetime of Passion
With unprecedented access to Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits, Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion looks at the present-day reality of the Cuban Revolution and its uncertain post-Castro future, and the conflicts that have engulfed Cuba for the past six decades

5pm Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank Pais and Juan Antonio Echeverria. Working largely independently from each other, these young men  played critical roles in the eventual overthrow of dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar.

Sunday, September 29
7pm Doc World: Five Days to Dance
A couple of dancers appear one morning in a High School. It's Monday and they announce to a group of youngsters that they have five days to get up on stage and dance.

8:30pm Salsa! The Dance Sensation
This film delves into the dance as an art form, as a bonding agent, and as a chronicler of history and family tradition


Premier dates for October are listed below. We will have more information on the programming soon.


Tuesday, October 1
11pm Fidel Castro Tapes
This program takes viewers on a journey like none other. It uses only news and documentary footage - past and present - to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century.

Friday, October 4
10pm Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle - A Voces Special Presentation
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.

Sunday, October 6
6pm Latino Americans #106 “Peril and Promise”
Examine the past 30 years, as a second wave of Cubans and hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans flee to the U.S., creating a debate over undocumented immigrants that leads to calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand the undocumented as a drain on public resources.

Monday, October 7
10pm POV: America (NEW)
Diego lives away from his family, where he scrubs wax in a surf shop by day and stilt-walks the malecon by night. He returns home after his grandmother, America, falls from her bed, leading to his father's arrest for elder neglect.

Friday, October 11
10pm The Hispanic Heritage Awards (NEW)
The Hispanic Heritage Awards will honor five to seven individuals or organizations doing outstanding work in a variety of fields to benefit the Hispanic and Latinx community in the United States and abroad. 

Tuesday, October 15
11pm Salinas Project
The Salinas Project profiles several children of migrant farmworkers living in Alisal. Without resources, and sometimes undocumented, their future looks uncertain yet they cling to the hope of a better life. The film goes beyond the mainstream media representations to shine a light on the problems in East Salinas and highlight the successes of this often marginalized community.


Thursday, October 3
10am Major League Cuban Baseball
Major League Cuban Baseball traces the experiences of Cubans at the most accomplished levels of America's national pastime - baseball - and explores their deep cultural and emotional connection to the game

Friday, October 4
10am Oceans of Pink
Oceans of Pink is an inspirational one-hour documentary that highlights the explosive growth of dragon boat racing among breast cancer survivors globally, and the growing participation in the sport among Hispanic women. 

Saturday, October 5
7pm Weekend in Havana
Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, where dancers, musicians, architects and writers invite him into their lives to experience the color, culture and history of a beautiful and seductive city only recently re-opened to Americans.

Sunday, October 6
8pm Independent Lens #1912 “Dolores”
Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant - and unheralded - feminist activists of the 20th century.

11pm Conexiones: A Mexican Cuban Connection
A documentary chronicling the 2016 tour of Cuba by Mexican American roots group Los Cenzontles. Conexiones captures a unique glimpse into Cuban cultural life during a historic time of openness between the United States and Cuba.

Wednesday, October 9
10am Personal Statement: America ReFramed
Personal Statement follows three high school seniors from Brooklyn intent on defying the odds for themselves and their classmates by becoming the very resource they don't have for themselves: peer college counselors.

Thursday, October 10
10am Place to Stand
The amazing true story of how Jimmy Santiago Baca - a man with seemingly no future - became a celebrated poet, novelist and screenwriter.

KQED World

Tuesday, October 1
5pm America ReFramed #711 “The Unafraid” (NEW)
A humanizing portrait of undocumented students and their families, we enter their homes and learn of their struggles, as working families like theirs support their sons and daughters in pursuit of their dreams for life, liberty, and happiness.

6:30pm Compadre Huashayo
The film follows the story of this custom-designed composition, which fuses stylistic traits from two different musical traditions. Frank replaces the horn and violin sections with sampona and quena flutes, siku panpipes, guitar-like charangos and bandolins.

Wednesday, October 2
4pm My Neighborhood: Pilsen
This engaging new 1-hour documentary is an intimate street level look at what community engagement and activism has done for one Chicago neighborhood: Pilsen.

5pm Head of Joaquin Murrieta
The Head of Joaquin Murrieta provides a dissenting view of American history from a decidedly Chicano perspective. Deeply personal, irreverent and entertaining, the film tears open a painful and long ignored historical trauma that has never been explored on American television

Sunday, October 6
7pm Doc World #304 “Visitor’s Day”
Juan Carlos ran away from an abusive home and lived on the streets of Mexico City before finding his way to a group home for abandoned and homeless boys. Follow Juan Carlos as he finds the strength to overcome his sense of abandonment and forgive his father for the past.

Monday, October 7
6pm Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle - A Voces Special Presentation
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.

Tuesday, October 8
6pm Reel South #303 “First Lady of the Revolution”
Henrietta Boggs, a reluctant Southern belle, finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of freedom and adventure. Instead, she is swept up in political upheaval, when her new husband is elected president of Costa Rica.


Monday, October 14
5pm Massacre River: The Woman Without A Country (NEW)
Massacre River: The Woman Without a Country is told through the eyes of Pikilina, a Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent. Racial and political violence erupt when the country of her birth, the Dominican Republic reverses its birthright citizenship law and she is left stateless, along with over 250,000 others.

lower waypoint
next waypoint