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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

September 15, 2021

By Beatrice Alvarez

September 15 is the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month and this year we have a great collection premieres, re-broadcasts, and streaming titles for you watch. Yes, we probably say that every year, but it's because they are! Watch these films and series to help celebrate the diversity of Hispanic and Latina/e/o/x cultures and how it is woven into our American communities.

New in October:

Fruits of Labor

POV

Fruits of Labor

In California, a Mexican-American teen goes to work when ICE raids threaten her family.

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

American Masters

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

Explore the life and 70-year career of the iconic Latina actor, performer and activist.

Los Hermanos/The Brothers

Los Hermanos/The Brothers

Los Hermanos/The Brothers

Cuban-born brothers live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half century wide.

Five Years North

America ReFramed

Five Years North

An intimate look into America’s immigration system through the eyes of a young man.

La Frontera with Pati Jinich - Oct. 15

La Frontera with Pati Jinich

First Look

Get an early look at this new program featuring Pati Jinich. Coming in October.

Letters to Eloisa - Oct. 15

VOCES

Trailer | Letters to Eloisa

"Letters to Eloisa" depicts the life of Author José Lezama Lima.

Streaming now:

Puerto Rico's Bomba, A Dance of the African Diaspora | If Cities Could Dance

If Cities Could Dance

Puerto Rico's Bomba, A Dance of The African Diaspora

Sisters Mar and Maria Cruz are preserving the legacy of this dance of resistance.

Luciela | PBS Short Film Festival

PBS Short Film Festival

Luciela

Luciela is about a fiercely independent Latina who is determined to celebrate 4th of July.

Comida Pa' Los Pobres | Hindsight

REEL SOUTH

Comida Pa' Los Pobres (Food for the Poor)

A Puerto Rican activist builds a solidarity movement to confront the island’s food crisis.

Song of the Butterflies | POV

POV

The Song of the Butterflies

Rember, an Indigenous artist in Peru, journeys to the Amazonian land of his ancestors.

A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt at The Soraya | Southland Sessions

Southland Sessions

A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt at The Soraya

A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt at San Fernando Valley’s performing arts center The Soraya.

Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba | AfroPoP

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

DJ Jigüe finds AfroBeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó

Jovita Idar | American Masters

American Masters

Jovita Idar: Mexican American Activist and Journalist

Jovita Idar was a Latina journalist who worked for an end to segregation and racism.

¡Chaporazzi! | POV

POV

¡Chaporazzi!

Outside of El Chapo's Brooklyn trial, his mythology appears in spectacles and selfies.

Vincent Valdez: The Beginning is Near | American Masters

American Masters

Vincent Valdez: The Beginning is Near

Artist Vincent Valdez emphasizes under-examined historical narratives in his work.

The Latino Experience

The Latino Experience

Episode 1

Explore Latino/a/x identity in the contemporary U.S. through a variety of short films.

Siqueiros: Walls of Passion | Doc World

Doc World

Siqueiros: Walls of Passion

The story of David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the great Mexican artists of the 20th century.

Joyride | PBS Short Film Festival

PBS Short Film Festival

Joyride

Teen Latina sisters break their grandmother out of assisted living for one last joyride.

Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno | VOCES - Start streaming Sep. 23

VOCES

Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno

Follow the search for a hero that history forgot: Maria Moreno.

Building the American Dream | VOCES

VOCES

Building the American Dream

Follow immigrant families rising up to seek justice in an industry rife with exploitation.

Jose Sarria: Legendary Drag Queen and Queer Activist | American Masters

American Masters

Jose Sarria: Legendary Drag Queen and Queer Activist

Sarria was a legend of the San Francisco drag scene.

We Like It Like That | America ReFramed

America ReFramed

We Like It Like That

Exploring 1960s music history when Bugaloo defined a new generation of urban Latinos.

Latinos Are Essential

Latinos Are Essential

All Around Us

Journalist Maria Hinojosa discusses her reporting on the pandemic’s effect on Latinos.

Raúl Juliá: The World's a Stage | American Masters

American Masters

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage

Explore a versatile Puerto Rican actor whose work on stage & screen shook the world.

Latino Americans

Latino Americans

Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land

Explores the period from 1565-1880.

San Francisco's Dance Crew Blends Tap and Mexican Footwork | If Cities Could Dance

If Cities Could Dance

San Francisco's Dance Crew Blends Tap and Mexican Footwork

The women of La Mezcla call on the history of percussive dance to create their own style.

The Pushouts | VOCES - Starts streaming Sep. 23

VOCES

The Pushouts

Meet Dr. Victor Rios a former gang member working with youth being “pushed out” of school.

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