Cantos Latinos 2011

August 26th, 2011

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.