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August 17, 2009
Documentaries on Latino culture coming to KVIE


This fall a provocative documentary series called Voces kicks off on KVIE with a doc on legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz.

The series, produced by Latino Public Broadcasting, will plumb many subjects related to Latino culture, such as docs on Puerto Rican activist Antonia Pantoja, the plight of Mexican migrant workers, or a film about a unique soccer league made up of former stars from Latin America.

Here's the line up:

Sept. 5 at 9PM
"Celia the Queen" by Joe Cardona, is a loving look at the amazing life and legacy of a woman whose voice symbolized the soul of a nation and captured the hearts of fans worldwide.

September 12 at 9PM
"Antonia Pantoja: ¡Presente!" by Lillian Jimenez, tells the story of educator/organizer Antonia Pantoja, founder of the New York-based advocacy organization, Aspira.

September 19, 2009 at 9PM
"Bracero Stories" by Patrick Mullins, explores the personal experiences of five former "guest workers" in the controversial U.S.-Mexican bracero program, which granted temporary work contracts to several million Mexican laborers between 1942 and 1964.

September 26, 2009 at 9PM
"The Golden Age" by Phil Tuckett, documents a season in the life of the Golden Age League, a soccer league in Corona Park, Queens, New York. Not just any soccer league, the highly competitive Golden Age League is made up of middle-aged former World Cup players from Central and South America.

October 3 at 9PM
"Special Circumstances" by Marianne Teleki, plumbs the story of Héctor Salgado, who, at 16, was arrested and tortured by Chile's Agusto Pinochet's forces. By 20, Héctor was without a country, living in exile in the U.S. The film follows Héctor's return to Chile nearly 30 years later, camera in hand, to confront former perpetrators and captors, looking for answers and justice.

October 10, 2009 at 9PM
"Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music" by George River, visits the life of this influential bandleader, percussionist and composer.

October 17, 2009 at 9PM
"Soy Andina" by Mitch Teplitsky, tells the story of two women raised in different worlds: an immigrant folk dancer from the Andes, and a modern dancer from Queens, NY, who return to Peru to reconnect with their culture.

October 24, 2009 at 9PM
"Dream Havana" by Gary Marks, explores the decisions made by two writers, friends since adolescence, who are faced with a choice: continue struggling with the hardships in Cuba or brave the open water on a homemade raft.

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