On TV: Latinx Heritage Month — September 2020

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Still from "Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground" airing Tuesday, October 6, at 9pm on KQED 9.

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

*8/24/2020: We don't have the complete listings for the heritage month as of now, but will update once the listings are available.


7pm Pati’s Mexican Table (Season 9 premieres October 6)

Still from "Building the American Dream"

Tues, 9/15
10pm Building the American Dream (NEW)
Travel to Texas, where immigrant construction workers are seeking justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. Across the state, there’s an unprecedented building boom, fueled by Latino laborers with little or no rights.

11pm Voces on PBS: The Pushouts
Meet Dr. 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.


Fri, 9/18
8pm Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories: Community Vision
Teenagers from Latinx families threatened by U.S. immigration policy take solace in playing soccer.

Tues, 9/22
11pm Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo
Film uncovers the true story behind legendary Chicano activist Oscar Zeta Acosta, the real-life inspiration for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo"

Thurs, 10/1
11pm P.O.V. Shorts: Cherish
Three stories reflecting the many faces of love through memory, community and family.

Still from "Children of Giant"

Sat, 10/3
10:06pm Voces on PBS: Children of Giant
In the summer of 1955, Hollywood descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie Giant. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, the film was a different kind of western and one of the first to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest.

Mon, 10/5
10pm P.O.V.: The Infiltrators (NEW)
A true story of two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. The film follows Marco and Viri, members of a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention.

11:30pm Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas: San Jose (NEW)
We travel to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. In the capital, we meet with one the country's most renowned writers, whose career spans more than 50 years and is responsible for introducing the Afro-Costa Rican experience in Costa Rican literature.

Tues, 10/6
8pm Hispanic Heritage Awards (NEW)
Celebrate the recipients of the annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The evening includes performances and appearances by some of the country's most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries.

9pm Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground (NEW)
Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to get out the Latino vote in this year's election. Political candidates are focused on maximizing turnout and support from Latinos, poised to be the largest non-white voting bloc.

Still from "Adios Amor—The Search for Maria Moreno"

11pm Voces on PBS: Adios Amor—The Search for Maria Moreno
In “Adios Amor,” the discovery of lost photographs taken more than 50 years ago sparks the search for a hero who history forgot: Maria Moreno, a migrant mother who sacrificed everything but her 12 kids in the passionate pursuit of justice for farmworkers.

Fri, 10/9
8pm Prop 187 (NEW)
Prop 187, which passed into law in 1994, aimed to block undocumented immigrants from using non-emergency health care, public education, and other services in the State of California.
Today we acknowledge the profound impact Prop 187 had on California by encouraging immigrants across the state and nation to make their voice heard and defeat this harmful legislation, forever changing the cultural and political trajectory of California.

Mon, 10/12
11:30pm Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas: Limon, Costa Rica (NEW)
Limon, Costa Rica is steeped in African Diasporic history including a legacy by Pan Africanist Marcus Garvey. We learn about the role thousands of Jamaicans, Afro-Costa Ricans and other Caribbean islanders played in the construction of the country's railroad more than a century ago.

Tues, 10/13
11pm Voces on PBS: Porvenir, Texas
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.


Thurs, 9/17
9:40pm American Masters: Raul Julia: The World’s a Stage
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."

Still from "Raul Julia: The World’s a Stage"

11:07pm 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 an historic time of openness between the United States and Cuba.

Sat, 9/19
7am Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle—A Voces Special Presentation
The film tells the story of Ruben Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, Los Angeles Times reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to the Latino community - which had often criticized his reporting.

8am The Latino Americans: Foreigners in Their Own Land
Explores the period 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.

9am The Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams
Documents how the American population begins to be reshaped by the influx of people that began in 1880 and continues into the 1940s, as Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans begin arriving in the U.S. and start to build strong Latino-American communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York

10am The Latino Americans: War and Peace
Moves into the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States.

Sun, 9/20
11:30pm Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream
Diving into the streets of Havana, we meet change-makers in Cuba today. Following their journeys to thrive and survive in a rapidly shifting society, they provide unique perspectives on how their country is shaped by an ongoing culture of revolution, one more nuanced than meets the eye

Still from "Willie Velasquez: Your Voice Is Your Vote"

Sat, 9/26
7am Willie Velasquez: Your Voice Is Your Vote
A Mexican-American butcher's son from San Antonio, Texas, Willie Velasquez questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city's government, propelling him into a lifelong battle to gain political equality for Latinos. Velasquez grew up to become a student activist leader of the Latino Civil Rights Movement and eventually the leader of one of the most important efforts in the history of Latino empowerment in America.

8am The Latino Americans: The New Latinos
Highlights the swelling immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic that stretches from the post-World War II years into the early 1960s as the new arrivals seek economic opportunities.

9am The Latino Americans: Pride and Prejudice
Details 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.

10am The Latino Americans: 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. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. Latino Americans become the largest and youngest growing sector of the American population.

Sun, 10/4
7pm Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World (NEW)
Poor country musician playing on the streets of Eastern Cuba and striving to meet the challenge of spreading his beloved traditional music around the world and finds success as a original member of the famous Buena Vista Social Club

Thurs, 10/15
7pm 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.


Tues, 9/15
5pm America ReFramed: The Unafraid
The Unafraid is a feature length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college.

6:30pm 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. As time passes, and state lawmakers continue to ignore the family's pleas for a stay on her deportation, Juana's spirits slowly sink. And yet, Juana is patient that in God's house, God will answer her prayers.

Sat, 9/19
6:30pm Salsa! The Dance Sensation
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.

Sun, 9/20
7pm Doc World: Siqueiros—Walls of Passion (NEW)
A documentary film about revolutionary Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros and the resurrection of his Los Angeles mural "América Tropical," located at the birthplace of Los Angeles.

Still from "Ivy League Rumba"

8pm 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.

Tues, 9/22
5pm America ReFramed #419: The Hand That Feeds
At a popular bakery café in Manhattan, patrons get served with a smile 24 hours a day. Behind the scenes, some of the undocumented immigrant workers earn far below the minimum wage. Filmed at the onset of the service economy wage wars, The Hand That Feeds tells the story of the power struggle that turned a single city block into a battlefield.

6:30pm Our American Family: The Barreras
This compelling story takes us from the darkness of a coal mine in New Mexico to vibrant beauty under the California sun, providing a compelling narrative of unwavering commitment to family.

Sat, 9/26
6:30pm Compadre Huashayo
Inspired by the Ecuadoran huashayo, an individual appointed to hire musicians for a special celebration, Grammy-winning Western classical composer Gabriela Frank - a member of the multicultural and genre-bending Silk Road Ensemble - decided to recreate a traditional Western composition and use only South America's native instruments. The resulting piece, "Compadre Huashayo," is a lively and intriguing cultural blend of tone and style.

Sun, 9/27
7pm Doc World: Sands of Silence (NEW)
A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas leads world-reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle to the windswept beach where her childhood ended, and family secrets began. As she documents the transformation of sex-trafficking survivor Virginia Isaias—a Mexican American woman whose past is engulfed in a cycle of sexual exploitation—into an inspiring advocate committed to break that pattern, Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection and sets out to shatter the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.

Tues, 9/29
4pm Home Truth
In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experiences every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters are killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a restraining order. Filmed over the course of nine years, the film chronicles one family’s pursuit of justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence tragedies can linger throughout generations.

5pm America ReFramed: Councilwoman
Carmen Castillo is a first-term city councilwoman who maintains her full-time job as a hotel housekeeper. She advocates for the working families in her community, many of whom work multiple jobs to stay afloat.

In her quest for workers’ rights she leads the charge of the Fight for $15 in Providence, Rhode Island. She runs a grueling reelection campaign - knocking door-to-door to get out the vote, attending fundraisers, meeting with community members and leaders - all while working at the hotel, in City Hall and maintaining a family. Through it all, she stays true to her vision for justice and equity to prove that “she can do it!” Will she succeed?

6pm 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. Three Latina girls and a seasoned drag artist host their own quinceañera, a complex and colorful rite of passage, showcasing the creative spirit of Latinx communities and their struggles to retain their roots and traditions.

Wed, 9/30
4:30pm P.O.V.: America
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. Caught between love and obligation, the eccentric trio clash over money, communication, and the considerable challenge of caregiving.

Still from "Brimstone & Glory"

Fri, 10/2
6pm P.O.V.: Brimstone & Glory
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. Conflagrant revelry engulfs the town, while artisans show off their technical virtuosity. For the three-quarters of Tultepec residents who work in pyrotechnics, the festival anchors their way of life. It is an explosive event with unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire, Brimstone & Glory honors the spirit of Tultepec's community and celebrates celebration itself.

Sun, 10/4
7pm Doc World: Cocaine Prison (NEW)
From inside one of Bolivia's most infamous jails, Cocaine Prison is a first-hand account of the drug trade through the eyes of its foot soldiers: a drug mule, his teenage sister, and a cocaine worker.

Mon, 10/5
4pm Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream
Diving into the streets of Havana, the film introduces a social worker, an ethnographer, and three artists. Their stories provide unique perspectives on how Cuba is shaped by an ongoing culture of revolution that is more nuanced than meets the eye. This program is the first in an eventual four-part series which will explore pillars of Cuban society that are drastically evolving today

4:30pm Re-Evolution: The Embargo (NEW)
The film examines the ongoing impact of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, a longstanding prohibition on economic exchange that is known to Cubans as "el bloqueo.” The film interviews people from both countries — including online fashion retailer Idania del Río, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and former U.S. secretary of commerce Carlos Gutierrez — about the impact of "el bloqueo" on people trying to make their livelihood in Cuba today.

Tues, 10/6
4pm Re-Evolution: Salud (NEW)
The film is part of filmmaker Cray Novick's ongoing, thoughtful look at Cuba and its culture. This special focuses on Cuba's unique management of health and agricultural resources, and how development in these areas could highlight possible solutions to global challenges. The program follows a Cuban doctor and nurse on home visits to see how Cubans access healthcare, while a focus on biomedical technology in the country reveals how the ongoing U.S. embargo has impacted distribution of medicines that have promise in helping with symptoms of diabetes.
4:30pm Re-Evolution: Suenos (NEW)

Sun, 10/11
7pm Doc World: Border South (NEW)
To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory. Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border. Fragmented stories from Hondurans crossing through southern Mexico assemble a vivid portrait of the thousands of immigrants who disappear along the trail. Border South reveals the immigrants' resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.

Tues, 10/13
4pm Making It in America (NEW)
The short film documents the life and worldview of a Salvadoran immigrant and her experience transitioning to life in the United States. Alma Velasco fled to the U.S. as a teenager during the Salvadoran Civil War. She works in a clothing factory in Los Angeles, striving to build a future for her children.

5pm America ReFramed: American Dreams Deferred
The film follows New York University graduate student William Caballero, who is juggling family with the challenges of breaking the cycle of issues that has kept relatives from reaching their dreams. He turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family to examine U.S. health care and culture, and to explore his and family’s dreams. It begs the ultimate question: who attains their American Dream?


Wed, 10/14
4pm P.O.V.: Voices of the Sea
Revealing stark realities for the poorest of rural Cubans with unique access and empathy, this is the story of a 30-something mother of four longing for a better life. The tension between wife and aging husband—one desperate to leave, the other content to stay—builds into a high stakes family drama after her brother and the couple's neighbors escape.