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Hispanic Heritage Month

Special Programming

September 15 - October 15


The Rise and Fall of The Brown Buffalo

Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. & Monday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

This film is an innovative look into the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author, and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta - best known for his volatile friendship with legendary journalist-provocateur, Hunter S. Thompson. Relevant now more than ever, this untold story probes issues of racial identity, criminal justice, and media representation, while revealing the personal story of a troubled and brilliant man coming to terms with his identity and finding meaning in the struggles of his people.

Independent Lens "Dolores"

Monday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant - and unheralded - feminist activists of the 20th century.

VOCES "Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno"

Monday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. & Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. on Ch. 9.1

See how the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot — Maria Moreno, an eloquent migrant mother of 12, who became an outspoken leader for farmworker rights. Her legacy was buried – until now.

VOCES "Building The American Dream"

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. on Ch. 5.1 & Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. on Ch. 9.1

Travel to Texas, where immigrant construction workers are seeking justice, equality and safer and fairer working conditions in an industry rife with exploitation. Across the state, there’s an unprecedented building boom, fueled by Latino laborers with little or no rights.

VOCES "The Pushouts"

Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 a.m. & Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. on Ch. 9.1

New Mexico - Meet Victor Rios, a high school dropout and former gang member-turned-award-winning professor, author and expert on the school to prison pipeline, who works with young people who have been "pushed out" of school for reasons beyond their control.

VOCES "Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice"

Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. on Ch. 9.1

Meet the charismatic pioneering activist whose rallying cry of "su voto es su voz" (your vote is your voice) started a grassroots movement that transformed the nation's political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote.

VOCES "Porvenir, Texas"

Monday, Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Discover the true story behind the 1918 massacre of 15 Mexican men in this tiny border town. The film asks what led to the events of that fateful night and reveals the tensions that still remain along the border - a century later.

Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. on Ch. 5.1

New Mexico - Rudolfo Anaya was the first Hispanic American writer to achieve major publishing success with his landmark novel, “Bless Me, Ultima,” in print since 1972. Recipient of the National Medal for the Arts, Anaya demonstrated a lifelong determination to persevere - through poverty, catastrophic injury and an almost insurmountable artistic struggle to publish - and in the end, succeed. This program is a vital reference to the authentic culture of Hispanic New Mexico. And while the wellspring of Anaya's stories is New Mexico, his insight is invaluable to understand the quest by all Hispanic Americans for cultural identity, recognition and respect.

Our American Family: The Barreras

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. on Ch. 5.1

Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 a.m. & Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

New Mexico - The first half of the 1900's represents the last era of American life that, for most families, began largely unchanged from the generations that came before. Life in the remote company-owned coal mine town of Madrid, NM in the 1920s and '30s was a mixture of hard, dangerous work offset by the joy of baseball and celebrations. With the closing of the mine in the early '40s, the extended family re-established itself in southern California by living frugally and powerfully supporting one another through challenges.

POV "America"

Monday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Diego lives away from his family, where he scrubs wax in a surf shop by day and stilt-walks the malecon by night. He returns home after his grandmother, America, falls from her bed, leading to his father's arrest for elder neglect.

Latino Americans

Join narrator Benjamin Bratt for a 6-part documentary series that chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become the country’s largest minority group.

Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land

Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Explores the period from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848.

Episode 2: Empire of Dreams

Monday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Documents how the American population begins to be reshaped by the influx of people that began in 1880 and continues into the 1940s, as Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans begin arriving in the U.S. and start to build strong Latino-American communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York.

Episode 3: War and Peace

Monday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Moves into the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States.

Episode 4: The New Latinos

Monday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Highlights the swelling immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic that stretches from the post-World War II years into the early 1960s as the new arrivals seek economic opportunities.

Episode 5: Pride and Prejudice

Monday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. & Monday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Details the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity, as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies, and empowerment in the political process.

Episode 6: Peril and Promise

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. & Monday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Takes viewers through the past 30 years, with a second wave of Cubans arriving in Miami during the Mariel exodus and with hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans fleeing civil wars, death squads and unrest to go north into a new land — transforming the United States along the way.


Art in The Twenty-First Century "Borderlands"

Friday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. on Ch. 5.1 & Monday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

New Mexico - Learn how contemporary art can challenge preconceived notions of the U.S.-Mexico border. Today's artists see the border as an open wound, theatrical stage, political podium, studio and contradictory landscape, that features both ugliness and beauty.

VOCES: Latino Vote: Dispatches From The Battleground

Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on Ch. 5.1 & Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to get out the Latino vote in this year’s election. Political candidates are focused on maximizing turnout and support from Latinos, poised to be the largest non-white voting bloc.

POV "The Infiltrators"

Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. on Ch. 5.1

Meet two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested by Border Patrol and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. Marco and Viri, members of a group of radical Dreamers, believe the best place to stop deportations is in detention.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards 2020

Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 5.1 & Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Celebrate the recipients of the annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The evening includes performances and appearances by some of the country's most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries.