It’s no secret that the Latinos population have has grown steadily over recent years. Hispanics in the United States are reshaping our culture and communities and forcing a nation to redefine what it means to be “American".
PBS and Latino Public Broadcasting have partnered to bring back “VOCES”, a documentary series which explores Latino arts and culture, for a third season. In the past, “VOCES” (which translates to voices in English) has told the stories of Latino writers, artists, musicians, activists, actors, and poets. The series will run in September, during Hispanic Heritage Month.
The lineup includes "Tales Of Masked Men", an insider’s look at the world of Mexican “lucha libre”; "Escaramuza: Riding From the Heart", about a gutsy team of women rodeo riders vying to represent the U.S. at the National Charro Championships in Mexico; "Unfinished Spaces", which tells the story of the Cuban Revolution through its most significant work of architecture, Cuba’s National Schools of Art, and the three visionary men who designed it; and "Lemon", which follows Puerto Rican poet/performer Lemon Andersen, a three-time felon and one-time Tony Award winner, as he struggles to bring his life story to the New York stage while battling his darkest demons.
The series will air on PBS on four consecutive Friday nights starting on September 28, 2012.
"Tales of Masked Men"
From the director of the acclaimed "Foto-Novelas", "Tales of Masked Men" explores the fascinating, mysterious world of lucha libre and its role in Latino communities in the United States, Mexico and Latin America. Famous for its masked wrestlers and called by one aficionado "a sport in the key of melodrama," lucha libre is part circus, part athletic contest, part theater. The sport inspires passionate loyalty while contributing a lasting cultural idiom to America's pop culture landscape. Friday, September 28, 2012, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)
"Escaramuza: Riding from the Heart"
Las Azaleas are a gutsy team of women rodeo riders vying to represent the U.S. at the National Charro Championships in Mexico, where "to be Charro is to be Mexican." Escaramuza, or skirmish, describes both their daredevil horseback ballets, ridden sidesaddle at top speed, and the intensity of their competition season. Neither life-altering challenges at home nor cartel violence across the border can keep Las Azaleas from their goal. <em>Friday, October 5, 2012, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)</em>
In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before the construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeois and counter-revolutionary. These radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro's Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who may get a second chance to revitalize their utopian project. Friday, October 12, 2012, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)
When Lemon Andersen held a Tony Award in his hands for his work in Russell Simmons' "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway, it was close to a miracle. This poet/performer was a three-time felon who'd achieved more than anyone could have ever imagined. But when the show closed, he lost everything and moved his wife and two small daughters back to the projects. In desperation, he turned to the only thing he had left -- his pen and his past. "Lemon" follows one man's journey to bring his life story to the New York stage while battling his darkest demons. <em>Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)</em>