NPT Observes Hispanic Heritage Month with Special Programming

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) NPT will broadcast a selection of programs commemorating the unique experiences and culture of Hispanic Americans that have shaped Latino – and American – history.


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Sheila E. Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson. Credit: Courtesy of Ciprian Lacob

Highlights include:
Friday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. American Masters: Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, a documentary by Raymond Telles and Yvan Iturriaga (Latino Americans). At the age of 22, Guerrero became Frank Lloyd Wright’s photographer after meeting the architect at Taliesin West, Wright’s home and studio. Later in his career, Guerrero established long working relationships with sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. This film includes exclusive interviews with Guerrero and beautiful images from his portfolio. Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey is part of PBS’ VOCES series of Latino arts and culture documentaries and is produced by Latino Public Broadcasting.

NPT is hosting a preview screening of Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey Thursday, Sept. 17 (6-8:30 p.m.), at Casa Azafrán.

Monday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. POV: Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) Angy Rivera became the country’s first advice columnist for undocumented youth. In this film, the young immigration activist shares her own story of being undocumented and sexually abused.

Monday, Sept. 21, at 11:30 p.m. Tune in for Hablamos Español, NPT’s original documentary from our Next Door Neighbors series about Nashville’s immigrant population.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m. On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam This film by Mylène Moreno looks at the legacy of Latino families and the Vietnam War, including two siblings on opposite sides of the conflict: One was a POW; the other an anti-war protester. The documentary is being presented as part of PBS Stories of Service programs highlighting veterans.


Friday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson World-class drummer and percussionist Sheila E. hosts a concert special that showcases award-winning Latin artists and a 37-piece orchestra performing Latin-infused arrangements of the songs on Tony Succar’s album by the same name. The album and concert feature “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back,” “Billie Jean” and other songs. This program is part of PBS Arts Fall Festival 2015, a selection of programs hosted by Gloria Estefan.)

Friday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m. The 28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards hosted by the legendary Rita Moreno. This special evening features performances and appearances by some of the country’s most celebrated Hispanic artists. The Hispanic Heritage Awards were created by the White House in 1987 and are the country’s highest award paying tribute to Latinos by Latinos.

Monday, Oct. 26, at 11 p.m. Reinventing Cuba Former PBS Latin America correspondent travels to Cuba to highlight people leading in various fields, including art, entrepreneurship, medicine and art.

Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. GREAT PERFORMANCES “Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do” Legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera has been lighting up international stages for more than 70 years with starring roles in such iconic Broadway shows as West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, and Chicago. Rivera returned to Broadway in 2015 to star in the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical The Visit. In addition to archival clips from Rivera’s many shows and TV appearances, this career retrospective also features interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen, Carol Lawrence and many others.

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