September 6, 2002

KPBS-TV Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Special Programming

This September, KPBS presents programming to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The public broadcasting station also will air profiles of the KPBS/Union Bank of California Hispanic Heritage Month Honorees as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Following are descriptions of KPBS Television’s Hispanic Heritage Month offerings.

“The Forgotten Americans” is a portrait of the people who live in U.S. neighborhoods called colonias found along the border of Mexico. There are almost 1,500 colo-nias in the United States, usually lacking the most basic services such as water and electricity. The program tracks the lives of colonia residents for over a year and captures their struggle as they search for their American dream (9/8, 11 p.m.)

“Beyond the Border” traces the transition made by four sons in the Ayala family as they leave behind their parents and sisters in Michoacan, Mexico and struggle to overcome cultural, class and language barriers in Kentucky (9/8 12 a.m.).

“Stealing Home: The Case of Contemporary Cuban Baseball” offers a vision of contemporary Cuban baseball at the beginning of a new century -- as the country struggles to preserve not only a dated revolution but also an essential symbol of its viability. The program ultimately probes a sociopolitical conflict that is fundamental to any political ideology -- the interests of the individual versus those of the greater good (9/15, 12 a.m.).

“Señor Tango” features choreography, costumes and magical atmosphere of the tango. It was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina (9/15, 1 a.m.)

“A.K.A. Creed: Educating a Big City Schoolboy” takes a look at Anner Alfonso “Creek,” a 17-year-old Hispanic immigrant from South Central Los Angeles who is attempting to make it through his final semester of school. This documentary links the most pressing education policy issues of the day to the date of the country’s most vulnerable kids (9/16, 10:30 p.m.)

“Food for the Ancestors” looks into one of Mexico’s most elaborate and mysterious festivals, the celebration of Days of the Dead. For each Mexican family, this festival is a remembrance of a departed loved one. On a larger scale, it is also a remembrance of all ancestral Mexicans and of the gifts that they passed on to their descendants, especially food and culture. The program explores traditions and ancient ways of life that continue today, interpreted through Mexican cuisine, which is far different from North American tacos and salsa (9/17, 11 p.m.)

“The City (La Ciudad)” tells the narrative stories of immigrants in the ‘90s seeking community in large, impersonal cities. Using a small number of professional actors along with actual residents of New York City’s Latin American neighborhoods, it expresses a powerful humanity, evoking hope in the midst of despair (9/26, 10:30 p.m.).

“P.O.V.: Our House in Havana” - After 40 years, Sylvia Morini returns to the palatial house of her youth in Cuba, where her nostalgia for a pre-Castro world confronts modern Cuban reality. Filmmaker Stephen Olsson presents Sylvia’s tapestry of rose-colored memories, history, culture and tragi-comic encounters, contrasting sharply with recollections from working-class Cubans. Yet as Sylvia discovers an evolving Cuba, she herself undergoes a surprising change not entirely altering her political outlook but becoming, as she puts it, more human (10/5, 1 a.m.).

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