Cantos Latinos: programs about the Latino experience September 1-26, 2009

September 1st, 2009

This month Thirteen/WNET highlights the unique stories of Latinos both in the United States and abroad. Programming for Cantos Latinos features a variety of historical and contemporary subjects from female bullfighters and the victims of Argentina’s 1970s dictatorship, to the giants of Latin music and art.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
10 pm: ELLA ES EL MATADOR (She Is The Matador)
Filmmakers Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco offers a glimpse into the world of women’s bullfighting through profiles of two female matadors, Mari Paz Vega and Eva Florencia. The documentary is not only about their passion for the sport but also examines the challenges in entering a territory usually reserved for males (Spain passed a law in 1908 banning women from becoming bullfighters).
Watch a preview:

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Thursday, September 3, 2009
3 am: ELLA ES EL MATADOR (She Is The Matador)
Filmmakers Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco offers a glimpse into the world of women’s bullfighting through profiles of two female matadors, Mari Paz Vega and Eva Florencia. The documentary is not only about their passion for the sport but also examines the challenges in entering a territory usually reserved for males (Spain passed a law in 1908 banning women from becoming bullfighters).

Sunday, September 13, 2009
10:30 pm: VOCES: ANTONIA PANTOJA: PRESENTE!
A profile of organizer and educator Antonia Pantoja who fought for the rights and opportunities for Puerto Ricans.

Monday, September 14, 2009
2 am: VOCES: BRACERO STORIES
This film tells the story of a U.S.-Mexico work program that gave temporary work contracts for Mexican laborers between 1942 and 1964. Featuring interviews with five former guest workers, the film examines the legacy of the program and how it speaks about the larger issue of immigration today.

3 am:AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GREAT FEVER
Over a hundred years ago, yellow fever was an epidemic that killed thousands. In 1905 Dr. Walter Reed and his team went to Cuba to investigate the disease. This documentary examines their efforts in finding a way to eliminate the disease, paving the way for the completion of the Panama Canal. Originally aired on October 30, 2006.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
5 am: LA PLAZA: MARIA HINOJOSA: ONE-ON-ONE: LOS LONELY BOYS
This series, hosted by journalist Maria Hinojosa, profiles contemporary Latinos in the world of civics, politics and the arts. In this episode, Hinojosa interviews the popular music act Los Lonely Boys.

Thursday, September 17, 2009
5 am: LA PLAZA:MARIA HINOJOSA: ONE-ON-ONE: LUPE ONTIVEROS
This series, hosted by journalist Maria Hinojosa, profiles contemporary Latinos in the world of civics, politics and the arts. In this episode, Hinojosa talks to actress Lupe Ontiveros, known for her roles in El Norte, Desperate Housewives and Real Women Have Curves.

8 pm: VOCES: CELIA THE QUEEN
The legendary queen of salsa music, Celia Cruz, is the subject of a documentary film by Joe Cardona and Mario de Varona. Features both archival and recent footage of Cruz in the last few years of her life before passing away in 2003, and interviews with Andy Garcia, David Byrne, Quincy Jones and others.

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Friday, September 18, 2009
4:30 am: CUBA MIA: PORTRAIT OF AN ALL-WOMAN ORCHESTRA
A documentary film that spotlights the all-female orchestra, Camerata Romeu, preparing for a concert in Old Havana’s Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Saturday, September 19, 2009
1:30 am: VOCES: CELIA THE QUEEN
The legendary queen of salsa music, Celia Cruz, is the subject of a documentary film by Joe Cardona and Mario de Varona. Features both archival and recent footage of Cruz in the last few years of her life before passing away in 2003, and interviews with Andy Garcia, David Byrne, Quincy Jones and others.

5:30 am: LA PLAZA: MARIA HINOJOSA: TK (note: unsure what episode 313 refers to?)

1 pm: VOCES: CELIA THE QUEEN
The legendary queen of salsa music, Celia Cruz, is the subject of a documentary film by Joe Cardona and Mario de Varona. Features both archival and recent footage of Cruz in the last few years of her life before passing away in 2003, and interviews with Andy Garcia, David Byrne, Quincy Jones and others.

9 pm: REEL 13 CLASSICS: STAND AND DELIVER
Starring Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips, this 1988 drama tells the true story of teacher Jaime Escalante, who uses calculus to reach out to a group of inner city school kids.

10:55 am: REEL 13 INDIES: MANITO
Eric Eason’s 2002 film about family relationships, especially between two Puerto Rican brothers from opposite sides of the tracks, in Washington Heights.

Sunday, September 20, 2009
12:30 am: REEL 13 CLASSICS: STAND AND DELIVER
Starring Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips, this 1988 drama tells the true story of teacher Jaime Escalante, who uses calculus to reach out to a group of troubled inner city school kids.

2:25 am: REEL 13 INDIES: MANITO
Eric Eason’s 2002 film about family relationships, especially between two Puerto Rican brothers from opposite sides of the tracks, in Washington Heights.

10:30 pm: VOCES: SOY ANDINA
Two dancers from New York visit Peru to get in touch with their heritage and the essence of dance.

Monday, September 21, 2009
12 am: GLOBAL VOICES: ESTILLO HIP HOP
Filmmakers Loira Limbal and Virgilio Bravo profile three hip hop fans from Cuba, Brazil and Chile who use the music to engage young people to become politically active.

1 am: CHICANO ROCK! THE SOUNDS OF EAST LOS ANGELES
This documentary spotlights the pop and rock music coming out of L.A.’s young and talented Mexican Americans from Lalo Guerrero, considered the father of Chicano Rock, to Ritchie Valens and Los Lobos.
Watch a preview:

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2 am: AMERICAN MASTERS: RIVERA IN AMERICA
A profile of Diego Rivera, one of the greatest Mexican painters of the first half of the 20th century, who was best known for his unique fresco style in his art.

3 am: AMERICAN MASTERS: OROZCO: MAN OF FIRE
A documentary portrait of the influential Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco that examines his art, passions and beliefs.

10 pm: INDEPENDENT LENS: OUR DISAPPEARED (Nuestros Desaparecidos)
Juan Mandelbaum’s film traces the stories of Argentina’s ‘disappeared’–the thousands who were kidnapped, tortured, and not seen again during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. The filmmaker interviews the relatives of the disappeared and how that country’s tragedy still impacts generations.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
4 am: AMERICAN MASTERS: OROZCO: MAN OF FIRE
A documentary portrait of the influential Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco that examines his art, passions and beliefs.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
1 am: REEL 13 INDIES: MANITO
Eric Eason’s 2002 film about family relationships, especially between two Puerto Rican brothers from opposite sides of the tracks, in Washington Heights.

Thursday, September 24, 2009
8 pm: VOCES: TITO PUENTE: THE KING OF LATIN MUSIC
A tribute to the late and legendary band leader who defined Latin music from the mid 20th century and who is still influential even after his death in 2000. Featuring reminsces from his family and admireres including Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Geraldo Rivera and Jimmy Smits, this film is a story about Puento whose life is the history of Latin music.

Saturday, September 26, 2009
1:30 am: VOCES: TITO PUENTE: THE KING OF LATIN MUSIC
A tribute to the late and legendary band leader who defined Latin music from the mid 20th century and who is still influential even after his death in 2000. Featuring reminsces from his family and admireres including Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Geraldo Rivera and Jimmy Smits, this film is a story about Puento whose life is the history of Latin music.