May 2, 2012

'Latino Americans' documentary project gets fall 2013 air date

A three-part, six hour documentary series, Latino Americans, will air on PBS in fall 2013, chronicling the lives of Latinos in the United States from the 1800s until today. The production, more than four years in the making, is a collaboration among WETA in Washington, D.C.; Latino Public Broadcasting; and Bosch and Co., a Miami-based production company specializing in films by and about Latinos. There will be a Spanish version of the series, a companion book by PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez, bilingual online educational resources and a national outreach campaign.

Project staff members have been working with the Latino Americans Content Advisory Panel, organized in 2008, to develop the series narrative. Panelists have backgrounds in economics, demographics, social and cultural studies, migration and various history specialties.

“Rather than focusing on one group or one event," said panelist Vicki Ruiz, professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at University of California, Irvine, "this series seeks to have a larger conversation across time and across Latino cultural groups in order to better understand the historical imprints of Latinos on the American journey.”

Major funders include CPB, PBS, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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