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Cantos Latinos 2011

By Michelle Michalos
Friday, August 26th, 2011
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THIRTEEN continues the tradition of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month throughout September with a wide range of documentaries and films spotlighting Latino people and their contributions to music, history, politics and more.

Check out our list of programs below, and share your own stories with us.

Israel "Cachao" Lopez (Photo credit: Jakub Mosur)

American Masters – Cachao: Uno Mas is a portrait of the late Afro-Cuban bassist Israel Cachao Lopez, and centers on a sold-out concert at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco. The film was produced and narrated by Andy Garcia. Airs Friday, September 2 at 9:30 p.m.

Abita: Toda Una Vida – Cuban Masterworks captures the Havana-born songstress and composer Albita Rodriguez as she records a studio album. Airs Sunday, September 4 at 3 p.m.

Paraiso For Sale explores the impact of American retirees and developers in Bocas del Toro on the local community. Airs Sunday, September 18 at 10:30 p.m.

2501 Migrants: A Journey explores the story of the thousands of primarily poor and young Mexicans who abandon their native homes in search of jobs and the promise of a brighter economic future. This documentary chronicles the personal experience of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago, who returned to his village after more than a decade living abroad, only to find a virtual ghost town. Airs Sunday, September 18 at 11:30 p.m.

The Storm that Swept Mexico (Photo credit: SINAFO – Fototeca)

Storm that Swept Mexico takes a look at the Mexican Revolution, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century, which not only changed the course of Mexican history, but also profoundly impacted its relationships with the rest of the world. This program looks at the complex historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces that shaped the Mexican Revolution, influenced its course, and determined its consequences and legacy. Airs Monday, September 19 at 10 p.m.

Pati’s Mexican Table brings authentic Mexican flavors, colors, textures and warmth into American kitchens. Airs Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

Mexico: The Royal Tour explores the extraordinary locations and landmarks of Mexico; hosted by Peter Greenberg and led by Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Airs Thursday, September 22 at 8 p.m.

Placido Domingo (Photo credit: Jake Landis/PBS)

On Great Performances – Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles, the celebrated tenor reflects on his favorite roles from opera houses around the world. Airs Friday, September 23 at 9 p.m.

In Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness, the Mayor of Patchogue, New York leads residents to confront the anti-immigrant bias in their town. Airs Friday, September 23 at 3 a.m.

In Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home, a WNET film crew accompanies dancer and choreographer Pedro Ruiz as he returns to his native Cuba for an unprecedented collaboration with the Havana dance troupe Danza Contemporarea.   The crew also joins Pedro on his first visit to his hometown since he left Cuba 30 years ago. Airs Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m.


  • Joe

    What about Ernesto Lecuona’s Maria La O?

    Many of us “gingos” grew up with that Zarzuela, and no mention?
    It epitomized the Cuban Rhumba.

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  • David. Amar

    Great Initiative but please correct the name of Mexico’s president CalderOn! You missed the O!

  • Arelis Velez

    I would have liked to see some mention of Puerto Rico, the only US territory with living, breathing Spanish/African/native heritage. The so-called Latino world goes way beyound Mexico and Cuba.

  • Melody Brown

    The line-up is very nice however there is definitely a slant toward the Cuban and Mexican influence and nothing regarding the Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Central America or South America influence . Please be inclusive of all ethnicities within the rich Hispanic Culture. Thank you

  • Iris V. Metzger

    Am in agreement w. Ms. Melody Brown. Oh, and how about some of
    the PBS Hispanic movies, new or vintage. Will they be televised ?

  • Maria Vega

    I agree with Melody and Aerlis. If a program is representing the hispanic influence in this country and abroad, it must include all ethnic groups of the latino and hispanic communities. We have a rich and diverse history. Let’s represent it!

  • elmer rodriguez

    hope its not too late to revise this programing to include more groups of our diverse latino community.

  • edmundo quinones

    I agree with Ms. Vega, especially in light of all the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to North American and world culture.

  • Juan Antonio Lopez

    I also reciprocate with what everyone is saying travel around the Globe and spoken to folks in many cultures with emphasis on how hispanics have conquered and still til this day Hispanics communities florish among those communities!!! Just to name a few (Spain/Grecia/Philipines/South America/Hawaii)etc…..

  • Xiomara Sepulveda

    I agree that the Puerto Ricans (descendants of a mixture of Europeans, Taínos and Africans who have blended together to produce a very diversified population) have made great contributions. It would be great if all of the latin ethnicities within our hispanic culture would be incorporated.
    Thank you

  • BOBBY (ROBERT0 MONTANO

    PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN, BUT ABOVE ALL ELSE “YO SOY BORICUA Y SIEMPRE SERE ! Y NO LO NIEGOS! LOOKING BACK AT MY EARLY YEARS OF EDUCATION. I CAN REMEMBER THE SMALL CRUMB BEING GIVEN US BY THE EDUCATIONAL CANNON ABOUT PUERTO RICO ‘ IT IS A COMMONWEALTH OF THE US. WHOOPEE. AND TODAY WE FACED WITH OPPOSING ENGLISH ONLY BILLS.

  • Estrella Lebron-Rodgers

    I wholeheartedly agree with all the above comments. There is so much more to our rich and diverse Latino history than Cuba and Mexico. Although it’s too late to change the programming this year, I would love if the powers that be at PBS would take notice of the observations made above and consider making changes for next year. Que viva Puerto Rico.

  • Alicia

    Any programing for children? In Spanish?

    Loved your series Black in Latin America. Any chance it might be rebroadcast? Thought Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looked at things though his own lens as an US African American, but was very interesting none the less.

  • Ana Maria

    Not quite sure what the producers of Thirteen’s Hispanic programming were thinking of by omitting the SPANISH AND PUERTO RICAN contributions in their supposedly diverse repertoire of performances. I am a proud natural born New Yorker with ancestral roots in Spain, Italy, and Puerto Rico. Why are not my ancestors’ music and history celebrated during the month of September. Most, if not all, Spaniards and Puerto Ricans (as well as Cubans) born in the USA are PROUD to be Americans, unlike some Mexicans who make headlines burning the US flag or flying the Mexican flag higher than ours on OUR land. Get with it Thirteen – you’ve really erred on the side of ‘political incorrectness’ in my opinion and you can kiss my monetary support goodbye!

  • Silvia E. Ramos

    I enjoyed “Cantos Latinos 2011″ depicting the life and music of Cachao. I was also very happy to see Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Thank you very much for today’s programming. I perused the lineup for this month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and feel dismayed that nothing is being presented on the great contributions to music, theater, dance etc. that Puerto Ricans have made to this country. I am a native born Boricua from the beautiful city of Isabela and enjoy these presentations because I remember all these great musicians but please, for future programming, bring us some of our own. We want to see our great contributions put out there for all to see and appreciate. Thank you.

  • Dahlma

    I also would like to see more programming about the Latino communities in the Caribbean and Central and South America. Many of our artists are right here in the US, some right here in NYC. All you have to do is look around.