Ruben Salazar Documentary Airs on PBS April 29

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Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle  is a documentary about the life and death of Ruben Salazar, a Mexican-American journalist who was killed by a law enforcement agent during a National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War in 1970. Salazar was a very accomplished reporter, correspondent and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.  The documentary is directed by Phillip Rodriguez (Brown is the New Green) and will be aired on PBS stations across the country. Check local TV listings. April 29-May 1.

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The Undocumented on PBS/KQED, Independent Lens

Though the immigration debate focuses on the living, most seem to forget those that don’t make it across and end up dying in the desert. The Undocumented by Marco Williams looks at the migrant that doesn’t make it.

Border Patrol agents, Native Americans, smugglers, ranchers, retirees and samaritans form a constellation of people engaged with the Arizona/Mexico border on a daily basis — policing it, inhabiting it, crossing it, working it, making it safer or simply feeling its consequences. But at the center of it all is the migrant.

Airs in the San Francisco Bay Area as of April 29, 2013.

USF Human Rights Film Festival Apr 4-6

The 11th USF Human Rights Film Festival runs from April 4-6 at Presentation Theater located on 2350 Turk Blvd x Masonic in San Francisco.  It’s free and open to the public.

The film selection is fantastic. It includes shorts and feature documentaries by established and emerging filmmakers. Oscar nominated films are part of this festival: The Invisible War and 5 Broken Cameras.  Highlighted are two which involve US Latino or Latin American contexts:

April 4 1:30 PM REPORTERO, 2011, Mexico/US, Dir. Bernardo Ruiz Follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana, Mexico-based weekly, as they dauntingly ply their trade in what has become one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist.

April 5 4:45 PM THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA: THE STORY OF THE CHILDREN WHO FEED AMERICA, 2011, US, Dir. U Roberto Romano Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. It’s a powerful film that exposes the exploitation of children in the United States.

Visit http://bit.ly/USFHumanRightsFF for the full schedule of films.

 

PBS Series- Latino Americans, Narrated by Benjamin Bratt

PBS announced actor Benjamin Bratt will narrate LATINO AMERICANS, a landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series that is set to air nationally on PBS in the fall of 2013. It is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.

Bratt, a multi-award winner for his work on television’s “Law & Order” and star of several films including La Mission, Pinero and Traffic, will narrate LATINO AMERICANS. A team of filmmakers will document the evolution of a new “Latino American” identity from the 1500s to the present day, with interviews with close to 100 Latinos from the worlds of politics, business and pop culture, as well as deeply personal portraits of Latinos who lived through key chapters in American history.

LATINO AMERICANS features interviews with an array of individuals, including entertainer Rita Moreno, the Puerto Rican star of West Side Story and a winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards; labor leader and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, who in the 1960s co-founded with César Chávez the National Farm Workers Association, which later became United Farm Workers of America; Mexican-American author and commentator Linda Chávez, who became the highest-ranking woman in the Reagan White House; and Cuban-American singer and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan, who has sold more than 100 million solo and Miami Sound Machine albums globally.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter Lila Downs will serve as the featured artist for the series, performing the closing song in LATINO AMERICANS. Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, began performing traditional Mexican rancheras as a girl, and singing with mariachis.  “The importance of music as a form of cultural expression to Latinos cannot be understated,” Downs said. “It’s a privilege to have our music be a part of this series, building on that rich tradition.”

LATINO AMERICANS relies on historical accounts and personal experiences to vividly tell the stories of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the creation of this new American identity with an influx of arrivals from Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and countries in Central and South America.

The series is broken into the following six chronological segments that cover the 1500s to the present day.


Happy Birthday, Rita!

HEY,YOU GUYS!  The iconic Rita Moreno turned 81 this week (December 11)!

If you know what that line is from that’s probably one of the first times you saw Rita. She screamed the opening line of the Electric Company, the PBS children’s show that aired from 1971-1985. Rita is a singer, dancer, and actor with many credits to her name in film, tv, stage, and music. You probably have seen her in West Side Story (1961) as Anita, the role for which she is best remembered and which earned her an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.  If you’re a fan of cable programming, perhaps you saw her on HBO’s OZ,  the prison dramatic series where she played Sister Pete, a psychiatrist nun counseling prisoners. She’s currently on TV Land’s “Happily Divorced”  where she plays Fran Drescher’s mother.

Rita is entertainment royalty. She’s part of an elite small club of artists that have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.  She was also honored with the National Medal of Arts in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

Happy birthday & many more, Rita!

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