Special programming line-up on both KCET in Southern California and Link TV Nationwide.
Seven specials broadcast starting September 15 highlight Latin regions and culture.
Burbank, Calif. - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, has announced seven specially curated programs will air to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month on both KCET public television in Southern California and Link TV nationwide.
The shows highlight Hispanic culture as well as the obstacles presented to Latinos by today’s societal constraints. Exploring the hardships and triumphs of bi-cultural identity, undocumented citizenship and immigration, these specials showcase the heroes behind a culture determined to advance.
Episodes will start Fri., Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on KCET in Southern California with a select few also airing on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) over the course of the next four weeks.
The lineup will telecast as follows (subject to change):
COHEN FILM CLASSICS “The Liberator,” on Fri., Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET, and at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV: The story of Simon Bolivar, who fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. Starring Edgar Ramirez, Erich Wildpret, Maria Valverde, and Danny Huston.
BEYOND BORDERS “Undocumented Mexican-Americans” on Wed., Sept. 20, 9 p.m. PT on KCET: This documentary examines US policy decisions that triggered the rise of undocumented immigration in a deeply moving documentary program that explores the under-reported lives of Mexicans living and raising families in the United States.
LINK VOICES “Craving Cuba” Wed., Sept. 20, 10 p.m. PT on KCET and LinkTV: This documentary explores bi-cultural identity of Cuban-Americans and their relationship with Cuba.
GLOBE TREKKER “Top Ten South American Adventures” Wed., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. PT on KCET: In this special, Ian Wright, Holly Morris, Elis Nevitt, Matt Young, Megan McCormick and Zay Harding travel all across South America.
ACTIVISM IN PROGRESS “American DREAMers” Sun., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT on LinkTV: American DREAMers follows the journey of a group of five undocumented youth and an ally who risk their freedom by publicly coming out as undocumented and walking 3,000 miles across America's heartland to organize for immigrant rights.
“THE HEAD OF JOAQUIN MURRIETA” Wed., Sept. 27, 9 p.m. PT on KCET:
For over a decade filmmaker John J. Valadez searched for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who blazed a trail of revenge across California until he was caught and decapitated in the summer of 1853. One hundred and sixty-two years later, Valadez believes he has the head and must embark on a quixotic, cross-country road trip through history, myth and memory to bury the fabled head of Joaquin Murrieta.
“BEYOND LA BAMBA” Wed., Sept. 27, 9:30 p.m. PT on KCET: Through the compelling story of a young musician who leaves home to follow his dreams, Mexico's 300-year-old son jarocho tradition comes vividly to life in Beyond La Bamba. From the rural roots of Veracruz to the urban rhythms of the Midwest, a family of iconic musicians forge a new life, but remain true to their music.
LINK VOICES “Los Wild Ones” Wed., Sept. 27, 10 p.m. PT on KCET and Link TV: Wild Records is an LA-based indie label run by outspoken Irishman Reb Kennedy and comprised of young Hispanic musicians who write as well as perform ‘50s rock 'n roll. Operating more like a family than a record label, the bond between Reb and his “kids” is unparalleled in the music industry.
Join the conversation on social media using #HispanicHeritageMonth.
KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media.
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