Mexican actress Kate del Castillo takes on a new role this fall as spokesperson for The History Channel en español in its Fall Programming Initiative. During Hispanic Heritage Month, the multi-talented television and film star will add the position of host to her repertoire, taking viewers on a journey through the rich history of the Latino experience. From mid-September through mid-October, del Castillo will join the network in a special tribute, highlighting Latin American history and some of its best known protagonists, introducing seven remarkable and diverse documentary films to the Spanish-speaking television audience.
The films are The Pinochet Case, The Sugar Curtain, Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman), Mexican Migration to the U.S., The Private Archives Of Pablo Escobar, The True Story of Che Guevara and A Place Called Chiapas.
The daughter of one of Mexico’s greatest film and TV stars, Eric del Castillo, Kate’s artistic career has been filled with success since debuting as a child in her famous father’s films.
Kate del Castillo was just nominated for Mexico’s highest acting honor, the Ariel award, for her performance as a dancer/prostitute from Bolivia in American Visa. Her theater credits include Love Letters, and Juegos Profanos, with tours in the U.S. as well as runs in Mexico.
The programs include:
The Pinochet Case. The story of the landmark legal case against General Aug-usto Pinochet of Chile, before and after his arrest in London in 1998. It explores how a small group of people in Madrid laid the groundwork for an incredible feat catching a dictator 25 years after his rise to power. Directed by Patricio Guzmán, 109 minutes. Premieres on The History Channel en español on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8pm.
The Sugar Curtain. An intimate portrait of a generation that began its studies in primary school when the Cuban regime was at its best economically the mid-1970s. The film recounts this generation’s childhood and explores what happened later, when the socialist regimes of Eastern Europe ceased to exist. It was at that moment that Cuba was left without allies, money or petroleum and the ideals of this generation were dismantled under the paralysis of the system. Directed by Camila Guzmán Urzúa. Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8pm.
Señorita Extraviada. (Missing Young Woman) This documentary tells the story of the hundreds of women who have been kidnapped, raped and murdered in Juárez, Mexico since 1993 without any hope of bringing the perpetrators to justice. The film investigates the circumstances of the murders and the horror, fear and courage of the families whose children have been taken. Directed by Lourdes Portillo. Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8pm.
Mexican Migration to the U.S. October 26, 2006. President George W. Bush signs Resolution 6061, authorizing exploration of a wall extending 1.123 kilometers to be constructed along the border between Mexico and the U.S. In this 2-hour special, The History Channel en español explores the key historical events leading up to this act, from the Mexican-American War in 1846 to today’s efforts to deny entry to Mexican immigrants attempting to cross illegally into “the land of opportunity.” Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8pm.
The Private Archives Of Pablo Escobar. A rare glimpse into the life of Pablo Escobar, one of Colombia’s most infamous drug lords. With the help of his surviving family members, former associates, and over 600 hours of rare archival footage, this documentary gives viewers an idea of what used to be his home, fortune, and daily routine. It also offers some explanation of his contradictory reputation, and chronicles his rise from a small-time crook to a politically influential drug lord. Directed by Marc de Beaufort. Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8pm.
The True Story Of Che Guevara. This special from The History Channel, offers an exciting new look into Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s extraordinary life with interviews from those who knew him best (wives, children, comrades). The film depicts his affluent upbringing in Argentina, to the blood-soaked battlefields of the Cuban revolution, to his proud victories and humiliating defeats and his eventual assassination in the presence of the CIA in the jungles of Bolivia. Sunday, Oct. 7 at 8pm.
A Place Called Chiapas. A documentary that gives a firsthand account of the lives of the Zapatistas, led by the charismatic Subcomandante Marcos. It takes viewers deep into rebel territory in Mexico’s Chiapas region, where the Zapatista rebels live and die challenging the Mexican government. Directed by Nettie Wild. Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8pm.