Monday, September 17 at 11:00 p.m.
The Longoria Affair
Sixty years ago in Three Rivers, Texas, the only funeral home in town refused to hold a wake for Felix Longoria, a decorated Mexican American soldier killed in battle during World War II. Longoria’s widow was told, simply, “The whites wouldn’t like it.” Those words became front-page news across the country, sparking outrage and setting off a series of events that would come to be known as the Longoria Affair. The incident fueled the rise of a national civil rights movement led by Mexican American veterans, and bitterly divided Three Rivers for generations to come. Click here to see the traler and other clips from the film.
Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00 p.m.
Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness
In Patchogue, New York, an ethnically diverse working-class village in Suffolk County, a series of attacks against Latino residents ended with the killing of an Ecuadoran immigrant who had lived in the village for 13 years. Seven local high school students arrested for the crime admitted they were “looking for a Mexican” to beat up. Over a two-year period, the film follows the Patchogue mayor as he leads a group of residents to confront the anti-immigrant bias in their town and repair the fabric of community life. Click here to see this trailer.
Fri/Sat, September 21/22 at 12:00 a.m.
Salud Sin Barreras
This half-hour documentary, hosted and narrated by ABC’s John Quinones, breaks down the health barriers that affect Latinos and provides insightful information from medical experts, national leaders and celebrities. The program explores the day-to-day reality of individuals who try to navigate the health-care system. It reveals the importance of preventive care, encourages personal life style changes and promotes taking an active role in family health care.
Tuesday, September 25 at 11:00 p.m.
Biblioburro: The Donkey Library
A decade ago, Colombian teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing a modest collection of precious books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of a poor and violence-ridden province. As Soriano braves armed bands, drug traffickers, snakes and heat, his library on hooves carries an inspirational message about education and a better future for Colombia. His efforts have attracted worldwide attention — and imitators — but his story has never been better told than in this heartwarming yet unsentimental film. Click here to see the trailer.
Wednesday, September 26 at 11:00 p.m.
Immigrant Nation: The Battle for the Dream
The program is a 2010 feature documentary movie by Esaú Meléndez about the immigrant rights movement from 2006 to 2009 and Elvira Arellano's resistance to deportation. It opened on 2010-03-06 in Washington, DC, at the DC Independent Film Festival. The film includes stories of individuals, organizations, activists and community leaders. It includes coverage of anti-immigrant activists, but more coverage of those "united by passion and a concern for justice." This film features the opposition to the controversial HR4437 immigration bill, especially the march to Batavia, Illinois, to decry Speaker Dennis Hastert's blockage of comprehensive immigration reform.
Thursday, September 27 at 11:00 p.m.
Award-winning director Natalia Almada (“Al Otro Lado,” POV 2005; “El General,” POV 2009) returns with a mesmerizing new film. From dusk to dawn, “El Velador (The Night Watchman)” accompanies Martin, a guard who watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this film about violence without violence reminds us that, amid the turmoil of a drug war that has claimed more than 50,000 lives, ordinary existence persists in Mexico and quietly defies the dead. Click here to see the preview.
Friday, September 28 at 11:00 p.m.
Voces: Tales of the Masked Men
Explore “lucha libre” and its role in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico. Part circus and part athletic contest, the sport, famous for its masked wrestlers, provides a sense of “home” for new immigrants in the United States. It also continues to expand and build on its unique cultural tradition in countries where it enjoys enduring popularity. Simultaneously, lucha libre is contributing a lasting cultural idiom to America’s pop culture landscape.