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On TV: Latinx Heritage Month - September & October 2023

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“Pati's Mexican Table” airs Tuesdays at 7pm and Sundays at 10am on KQED 9.

KQED is proud to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15 with a special TV programming lineup. Premiere dates are listed below.


Alma’s Way
Mondays-Saturdays 7:30am
Alma’s Way stars 6-year old Alma Rivera, a proud and confident Puerto Rican girl, who lives in the Brons with her family and a diverse group of friends and neighbors. In each story, Alma speaks directly to the audience in her “Think Through” moments where she learns to think for herself, make decisions, and understand other people’s points of view – while making lots of messy and hilarious mistakes along the way.

Rosie’s Rules
Sundays at 7:30am and Weekdays at 9:30am
5-year old Rosie Fuentes is inquisitive, hilarious, and she’s an expert at finding – or making – chaos as she learns about the world beyond her family walls. Along the way, she makes mistakes and teaches kids “Rosie’s Rules” – dos, don’ts, and ah-ha moments as Rosie, her family, and their cat Gatita share their adventures.

Pati’s Mexican Table
Tuesdays at 7pm & Sundays at 10am – NEW SEASON starts 9/19
Chef Pati Jinich introduces authentic Mexican flavors, colors and textures into American kitchens. Each episode features a single Mexican food, ranging from familiar ingredients like vanilla to mysterious grains used by the Aztecs. Explore simple and delectable dishes from both Mexico and the United States.

Tues, 6/13
9pm Unidad: Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos (NEW)
Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos (GLLU) was founded only a dozen years after the Stonewall rebellion and a couple of years before the HIV/AIDS pandemic. GLLU was the greater Los Angeles area’s first major Queer Latin@ organization, and the film chronicles events surrounding GLLU at a pivotal time in the history of LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, and civil rights movements that shaped the destinies of GLLU’s communities for decades to come.

“Latinx Photography Project” airs Saturday, September 16 at 7:30pm on KQED 9.

Sat 9/16
7:30pm Latinx Photography Project (NEW)
Latinx Photography Project is a bilingual documentary film that explores a town in rural California working to integrate two distinct ethnic and linguistic groups through photography.


Mon 9/18
10pm POV: Bulls and Saints (NEW)
After 20 years of living in the United States, an undocumented family decides to return home. Little do they know it will be the most difficult journey of their lives and reawaken an intense desire for a place to belong. Set between the rodeo arenas of North Carolina and the spellbinding Mexican town they yearn for, “Bulls and Saints” is a love story about reverse migration, rebellion, and redemption.

11pm Esta Es Mi Casa – This Is My Home
Starting in the 1930s and continuing for decades, farmers in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota depended on Hispanic field workers-laborers from Texas and Mexico. Now, one and two generations later, this community has contributed its own cultural stamp to the region’s art, cuisine, diversity, and economy.

“Becoming Frida Kahlo #101” airs Tuesday, September 19 at 9pm on KQED 9.

Tues 9/19
9pm Becoming Frida Kahlo #101 (NEW)
Becoming Frida Kahlo, a captivating three-part series, reveals the real Frida – a passionate and brilliant artist living through extraordinary times. The first episode tells the story of young Frida in a time of revolution, from her rebellious school days to an encounter with world-renowned artist Diego Rivera. After a tragic accident in 1925, Frida turned to painting while confined to many lonely months recuperating. After immersing herself into Mexico City’s art scene, she looked to Rivera for help carving her path as an artist. Despite marrying Rivera months after reconnecting, Frida faced challenges in their relationship due to his prioritization of work and other women.

10pm Independent Lens: Sanson and Me (NEW)
When authorities deny filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes’ request to document a young incarcerated immigrant, Sanson’s story is shared through dramatic reenactments.

Sun 10/24
12am Austin City Limits: Adrian Quesada Boleros Psicodelicos
Black Pumas founder Adrian Quesada brings to life the music of his acclaimed Spanish-language album Boleros Psicodelicos in a thrilling hour, with international guest vocalists iLe, Natalia Clavier, Girl Ultra, Clemente Castillo and more.

Mon 9/25
10pm POV: Uyra: The Rising Forest (NEW)
While traveling through the Amazon, Uyra shares ancestral knowledge with Indigenous youth to promote the significance of identity and place, threatened by Brazil’s oppressive political regime. Through dance, poetry, and stunning characterization, Uyra boldly confronts historical racism, transphobia, and environmental destruction, while emphasizing the interdependence of humans and the environment.

11pm Becoming Johanna
When Johanna, a 16-year-old transgender Latina, begins her transition and gets kicked out of her home and school, she finds a foster family who loves her and a supportive school principal who helps her graduate and thrive.

Tues 9/26
9pm Becoming Frida Kahlo #102 (NEW)
In the second episode of Becoming Frida Kahlo, Frida and Diego Rivera journey to San Francisco for Diego’s commission, leading Frida’s art to gain attention from photographers. While Diego deals with his busy schedule, Frida navigates her role as Diego’s wife and creates the notable portrait Frida and Diego Rivera. In Depression-era New York, Frida deals with societal contrasts and kindles a romance with artist Georgia O’Keefe. In Detroit, Diego’s commission unfolds amidst post-protest turmoil, and later Frida deals with pregnancy loss, inspiring her work Henry Ford Hospital. The episode also goes into her mother’s subsequent death, influencing her evocative painting My Birth.

“Crossing South: Bikes, Pizza & Music” airs Sunday, September 29 at 7:30pm on KQED 9.

Sun, 9/29
7:30pm Crossing South: Bikes, Pizza & Music
Tijuana Bike Tours takes Jorge and friends on a ride down Revolution Avenue. We learn how bike riding is a great way to see the city without having glass between you and everything else. Next, we taste some culinary goodies, including pizza, at Hornero Restaurante. Lastly, we meet Pablo Dodero, the musician behind Late Night Howl. We learn about his motivations as well as enjoy hearing him play.

8pm The Last Mambo (NEW)
The Last Mambo is a documentary that explores the heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz community. This enclave of Latin music performers and audiences struggle to maintain culture, creativity and community despite dramatic changes. The film explores Northern California’s emerging multi-ethnic music community, the 1950’s Mambo craze, the 70’s heyday of Salsa and subsequent expansions of the art form. Despite today’s fast-changing environment and decreasing audiences, Bay Area performers are transforming the future of Afro-Latin music and dance through education and outreach.

9pm 36th Hispanic Heritage Awards (NEW)
Celebrate the recipients of the 36th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The evening commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month includes performances and appearances by some of the country’s most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries.

“American Masters: A Song for Cesar” airs Sunday, September 29 at 10pm on KQED 9.

10pm American Masters: A Song for Cesar (NEW)
This film explores the life and work of Cesar Chavez, a civil rights activist and labor leader who united workers during the United Farm Workers’ (UFW) struggle for better labor conditions. The film sheds light on the challenges that Chavez and his followers faced and their perseverance. It also touches on the broader historical context in which the UFW’s struggle took place, including the social and economic realities of farm workers in the mid-20th century, the role of political activism, and the power of music as a medium for political expression and social change.

Tue 10/3
11pm Singing Our Way to Freedom
Singing Our Way To Freedom chronicles the life and music of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez, from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to the dramatic moment when he received one of our nation’s highest musical honors at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Chunky’s arc of transformation from marginalized farm kid to charismatic social activist shows how one person can mobilize people to change the world. 

Sat 10/7
3pm Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas: The Sound of Salsa In Cali, Colombia (NEW)
In Cali, Colombia, Kim Haas joins hundreds of Afro-Colombians as they meet at the salsa capital of the world for a rhythmic four-day festival named after the legendary musician, Petronio Alvarez. She gets a hands-on lesson in salsa dancing and drumming at the Salsa Museum and meets one of the most revered marimba players. Along the way, Kim tastes creole cuisine and even gets a new hairstyle!

“Austin City Limits: Rodrigo Y Gabriela” airs Sunday, October 8 at 12am on KQED 9.

Sun 10/8
12am Austin City Limits: Rodrigo y Gabriela ft. the Austin Symphony Orchestra (NEW)
Austin City Limits continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music and beyond. Musical styles range from contemporary and traditional pop to rock, country, blues, bluegrass, Latin, folk, roots and more. All find a home on the Austin City Limits stage.

Mon 10/9
10pm Independent Lens: El Equipo
A U.S. anthropologist sets out to train Latin American students in the use of forensic anthropology. Their goal: to investigate disappearances in Argentina during the “dirty war.” 

Sat 10/14
3pm Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas: Afro-Colombian Culture Along The Pacific Coast (NEW)
Colombia’s Pacific coastline is home to lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, and the African diaspora. At the Sugarcane Museum, Kim learns about Colombia’s colonial era Afro descendant people who built the country’s sugar cane and rail industries. She traces the fight for freedom to the country’s first Black female Vice President, brilliantly portrayed by painter Jose Eibar Castillo. And, traveling via a unique motorcycle rebuilt for the rail line, Kim travels off the beaten path to the natural reserve of San Cipriano.


Pati’s Mexican Table
Mondays at 12pm and Saturdays at 4pm
Chef Pati Jinich introduces authentic Mexican flavors, colors and textures into American kitchens. Each episode features a single Mexican food, ranging from familiar ingredients like vanilla to mysterious grains used by the Aztecs. Explore simple and delectable dishes from both Mexico and the United States.

Mon 9/18
4:30pm Wonders of Mexico: Mountain Worlds
Mexico is a vast country dominated by a great chain of mountains, the Sierra Madre, which harbors diverse life and cultures. From secret northern mountains to the grand Copper Canyon, the land shapes both the culture and the people. Travel south and find where temperate and tropical zones collide with oak forests. Find where tequila is produced in the ash of the volcanic heartland. Some of the mountain worlds are so inviting that creatures will journey thousands of miles to reach them in the winters, their arrival coinciding with Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival.

Sun 9/24
8pm Latino Americans #101: Foreigners In Their Own Land/Empire of Dreams
Survey the history and people from 1565-1880. Learn how the first Spanish explorers entered North America, the U.S. expanded into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans, English and Spanish colonies were established, and the Mexican-American War stripped Mexico of half its territories by 1848.

“Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams” airs Sunday, September 24 at 9pm on KQED Plus.

9pm Latino Americans #102: 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.

10pm Latino Americans #103: War and Peace/The New Latinos
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.

11pm Latino Americans #104: 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.

Mon 9/25
12am Latino Americans #105: Pride and Prejudice
Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity as labor leaders organized farm workers in California, and as activists pushed for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.

1am Latino Americans #106: Peril and Promise
Examine the past 30 years, as a wave of Cubans, 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 American culture, with Latino Americans becoming the largest and youngest growing sector of the US population.

“Wonders of Mexico: Burning North” airs Monday, June 25 at 4:30pm on KQED Plus.

4:30pm Wonders of Mexico: Burning North
Northern Mexico is dominated by two great deserts; the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. The film explores their creation, the challenging environments, and the rewards for inhabitants. Central Northern Mexico has prairies that gave rise to cowboy culture and habitats for prairie dogs and rare aplomado falcons. The Chihuahuan desert, larger than Montana, hides the valley of Cuatrocienegas, full of natural springs and unique fish species. The Sierra Madre Occidentalis forests shelter wild chillies, and the Sonoran Desert foothills have iconic saguaro cactus that nurture diverse wildlife, including ferruginous pygmy owls and pallid bats. Extending into the Gulf of California, the desert island of Isla San Pedro Martir is home to side blotched lizards thriving on seabird leftovers.

Thurs 9/28
10pm Independent Lens: 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.

Sat 9/30
9pm POV: The Last Out
Three Cuban baseball players leave their families and risk exile to train in Central America and chase their dreams of playing in the United States. At the shadowy nexus of the migrant trail and pro sports, “The Last Out” chronicles their difficult journey, from multi-step immigration obstacles and learning English to the broken promises and dubious motives of agents.

“187” airs Saturday, September 30 at 10:30pm on KQED Plus.

10:30pm 187
The documentary chronicles Proposition 187, a California ballot measure passed in 1994 that sought to deny public services to undocumented immigrants. While the initiative was meant to keep the “immigrant threat” at bay, it mobilized non-immigrants and immigrants in Latino communities. The political awakening of this powerful group would dramatically change the state’s electoral politics, transforming the state into a progressive state for the first time. Proposition 187 created new and enduring political fault lines across California and across the nation as well as molded a new generation of leaders. 

Sun, 10/8
5pm Flamenco: The Land Is Still Fertile #101 (NEW)
Flamenco uses world-class performance, fascinating interviews, footage of beautiful locations in southern Spain and similar visually compelling materials, to present the fundamental and perhaps surprising contributions of farm workers to the development and maintenance of flamenco. The featured farm workers are mostly gitanos (Spanish Gypsies) and elements of their history are woven into the narrative.

5:30pm Flamenco: The Land Is Still Fertile #102 (NEW)
Episode #2 builds on episode #1 in the same style. This episode examines other occupations associated with flamenco. As before, the episode is filled with live performance. Flamenco continues to discuss significant aspects of gitano history while also reminding viewers of non-gitanos who contributed to the art form.

Sun, 10/15
5pm Flamenco: The Land Is Still Fertile #103 (NEW)
Episode #3 carries the audience in a somewhat different direction as it looks at connections between flamenco and Spanish folklore, then examines the emotional force of the art form and presents some singing of gitanos in India. This episode features performance, interviews and other visual materials, much like the prior episodes, but leans more heavily into the performance.

5:30pm Flamenco: The Land Is Still Fertile #104 (NEW)
In the final episode of Flamenco, we examine the character of flamenco as opposed to flamenco fusion, and how flamenco fusion has affected traditional flamenco. It is unclear whether or not traditional flamenco will survive, especially with the higher pay offered for fusion and the struggle many traditional artists face in trying to make a living.


“POV Shorts: On Caregiving and Grace” airs Saturday, September 16 at 10:30pm on KQED World.

Sat 9/16
10:30pm POV Shorts: On Caregiving and Grace
Stories of courageous empathy in the face of loss; “Águilas” – Along the scorching southern border in Arizona, only an estimated one out of every five missing migrants is ever found. “Águilas” is the story of one group of searchers–the Águilas del Desierto–who volunteer monthly to recover the missing. “The Hairdresser” – Kathleen reflects on her experience as a hairdresser while we bear witness to her unusual work.

Mon 9/18
11am Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange “Bakoso: Afrobeats of Cuba”
What does “Esta Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. “Bakoso” does the opposite, following DJ Jigue to his Cuban roots to find inspiration from the new sounds. He finds AfroBeats has helped create a new genre called Bakoso. Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, you’ll see the technology, culture and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion.

12pm 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 reality of the Cuban Revolution and its uncertain post-Castro future, and the conflicts that have engulfed Cuba for the past six decades. The Cuban Revolution took place before many Cubans today were even born. But what is the legacy of this historic movement? Through a series of revealing sequences shot in Cuba and the United States, as well as interviews with individuals who fall on all sides of this issue, this thought-provoking documentary considers Cuba’s past and future, and the legacy of a revolutionary regime.

“Voces on PBS: Porvenir, Texas” airs Monday, September 18 at 1pm on KQED World.

1pm Voces on PBS: Porvenir, Texas
Discover the story behind the 1918 massacre of 15 Mexican men in this tiny border town. 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.

Tues 9/19
11am Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank Pais and Juan Antonio Echeverria. These men played critical roles in the overthrow of dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, although their names seldom appear alongside Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. New scholarship challenges the prevailing view that Castro’s army single-handedly defeated Batista’s and liberated the people of Cuba. In actuality, Pais and Echeverria’s city-based insurgencies generated popular support for resistance and undermined Batista. Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution highlights the complexities inherent in revolutions and examines the shaping of the historical record through exclusive interviews and archival footage. 

12:30pm Re-Evolution: Salud
“Salud” 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 these areas could highlight possible solutions to global challenges. The program follows a Cuban doctor and nurse 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. The special also explores green medicine and agriculture via a farmer attempting to balance sustainable practices and the needs of his workers.

“Re-Evolution: Suenos” airs Tuesday, September 19 at 1pm on KQED World.

1pm Re-Evolution: Suenos
“Suenos” is the final part of filmmaker Cray Novick’s thoughtful look at Cuba and its culture. This special shares individual views and perceptions of Cuba – especially American ones – and the many, varied dreams that are held for the country’s future. The program discusses how traveling can be a political act and also delves more deeply into Cuban youth culture. Musicians comment on how the internet has changed the way they live and work, while others discuss their challenges launching new ventures in Cuba.

1:30pm Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream
Diving into the streets of Havana, “The Cuban Dream” 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.

Thurs 9/21
4pm 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.

5pm America Reframed: Five Years North
“Five Years North” is the story of America’s immigration system through the eyes of Luis and Judy. Luis is an undocumented Guatemalan boy who arrives alone in New York City with little support and many responsibilities. Judy is a veteran ICE agent with Cuban American and Puerto Rican roots, who must weigh the human cost of her work against the future her family would face without her paycheck.

“Major League Cuban Baseball” airs Saturday, September 23 at 4pm on KQED World.

Sat 9/23
4pm Major League Cuban Baseball
Major League Cuban Baseball traces the experiences of Cubans with America’s national pastime – baseball – and explores their deep cultural and emotional connection to the game. The program documents Cuban ball players’ presence in the budding American professional leagues of the late 1800s, their impact on American baseball in the early 20th century, and baseball in post-revolution Cuba. Weaving archival footage with interviews, Major League Cuban Baseball chronicles the history of Cubans in the major leagues, documents the influence of baseball on Cuban culture, and examines the impact of Cubans and Cuban-Americans on the game.

Sun 9/24
3:30pm Salsa! The Dance Sensation
Dubbed as the most popular social dance in the world, salsa is practiced today by all types of people. From nightclubs to performance halls, from senior centers to salsa schools, the dance that began as a folk tradition has exploded into the mainstream. Today, an array of stories and traditions are recounted on dance floors across the region. Narrated by singer, songwriter and record producer Willy Chirino, the film delves into the dance as an art form, a bonding agent, and a chronicler of history and family tradition. From Casino-style to Colombian, the dance helps delineate cultural identities, while also creating connections and friendships.

10:30pm The Cheech
Through the palette of the Los Tejanos Art Exhibit, The Cheech explores Cheech Marin’s lifelong advocacy of the Chicano Art Movement, and his journey to develop the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry. With original score by Grammy-nominated musician El Dusty, The Cheech takes a fascinating look at a national icon’s love affair with art, and his incredible contribution to promote and preserve a vital part of American cultural identity.

“Stories from the Stage: Growing Up Latina” airs Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm on KQED World.

Mon 9/25
6:30pm Stories from the Stage: Growing Up Latina
Being a young Latina means living within a vibrant and varied global culture. It also means navigating identity and intersectionality. Rosanna discovers that friendship can cross all borders; Ana describes her last night at home before leaving Cuba forever; and Michele turns lemons into lemonade when she gets busted moonlighting. Three storytellers, three interpretations of growing up Latina.

Wed 9/27
4pm POV: The Song of the Butterflies
Indigenous painter Rember Yahuarcani pursues a successful career in Lima, but when he finds himself in a creative rut, he returns home to his Amazonian community and discovers why his ancestors’ stories cannot be forgotten.

Thurs 9/28
4pm POV: America
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.

“America Reframed: La Manplesa” airs Thursday, September 28 at 5pm on KQED World.

5pm America Reframed: La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered
On May 5th, 1991, people took to the streets of Washington D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood to protest the police shooting of a young Salvadoran man, Daniel Gomez. Through testimony, song, poetry, and street theater, “La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered” weaves together the collective memory of one of D.C.’s first barrios and dives into the roots of the ’91 rebellion.

6pm Voces on PBS: Letters to Eloisa
A haunting portrait of a writer’s life and struggle for artistic freedom, meet Cuba’s Jose Lezama Lima, an all but forgotten figure of the Latin American literary boom that included Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Mon 10/2
4pm POV Shorts: Dreaming Life
Two stories of self acceptance and finding joy. “Another Hayride” shows how as the AIDS epidemic took hold, self-help guru Louise Hay created a space for healing. Drawing hundreds of gay men, Louise promised that self-love would help them overcome AIDS. “To the Future, With Love” introduces 19-year-old Hunter “Pixel” Jimenez, a nonbinary trans boy caught between the expectations of his Guatemalan immigrant family and his dreams of living happily ever after.

4:30pm Los Hermanos/The Brothers
Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers, violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo, live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos/The Brothers offers a nuanced view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family, and it features a score composed by Cuban Aldo and performed with his American brother, Ilmar.

“POV Shorts: Team Meryland” airs Wednesday, October 4 at 4pm on KQED World.

Wed 10/4
4pm POV Shorts: Team Meryland
In the projects of Watts, Meryland Gonzales, a twelve-year-old female boxer, trains to be crowned the 2019 Junior Olympics champion. Meanwhile, her immigrant parents work tirelessly to give their child a shot at achieving her dreams.

Thu 10/5
5pm America Reframed: We Like It Like That
“We Like It Like That” tells the story of Latin boogaloo in 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. From its origins to its recent resurgence in popularity, the film tells the story of a sound that redefined a generation and was too funky to keep down.

Sat 10/7
4pm Birthright (NEW)
Birthright follows Cuban-American electro-funk musicians Cristy Garcia and Tony Laurencio on their first trip to Cuba since President Obama signed a treaty for normalized relations with Cuba. 60 years prior, their parents left the island as political exiles. In 2016, the dynamic Miami-based duo, known as Afrobeta, was invited back to perform in Havana. Meeting old friends and new, these Gen Xers match fables to reality as they visit their family’s familiar haunts to explore who they are, where they come from, and what it means to feel Cuban.

“American Masters: Orozco” airs Saturday, October 7 at 6pm on KQED World.

6pm American Masters: Orozco: Man of Fire
Orozco was a leader of the Mexican Renaissance – his bold, dynamic frescoes had a profound impact on American painters. His most famous U.S. murals – The Table of Universal Brotherhood, The Epic of American Civilization and Prometheus – still convey their power in New York, New Hampshire and California. An iconoclast who survived multiple losses, Orozco’s travels back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border highlight the larger Mexican migrant-immigrant experience and parallel to present times.

9pm Building the American Dream
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.

Mon 10/9
4:30pm Independent Lens: Missing in Brooks County
Migrants go missing in rural South Texas more than anywhere else in the U.S. For many families whose loved ones have disappeared after crossing the Mexico border, one activist detective is their last hope.

6pm Our Time: Immigrants and Refugees
New immigrants and refugees face steep challenges in the U.S. Rarely do we hear candid conversations between immigrant kids and their families. In Las Hijas, filmmaker A. Pena de Niz crafts a deeply intimate portrait of first-generation daughters from Mexico. In Leaving Africa, Rose Nseya recounts the harrowing odyssey of fleeing one’s homeland in search of safer lives.

“POV: The Infiltrators” airs Thursday, October 12 at 12:30pm on KQED World.

Thu 10/12
12:30pm POV: The Infiltrators
Meet two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested by Border Patrol and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. Marco and Viri, members of a group of radical Dreamers, believe the best place to stop deportations is in detention.

Sat 10/14
9pm POV: Landfall
After the fallout of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico faces a new threat: disaster capitalism. The resulting collective trauma and resistance pose a question of global urgency: when the world falls apart, what does a just recovery look like?


Sun 10/15
7pm POV: La Casa de Mama Icha
Decades ago, Mama Icha moved to the United States to help her daughter, but she never lost sight of her hometown of Mompox, spending years sending money to build her dream house there. Now, at the end of her life, Mama Icha returns to Colombia.

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