Hispanic Heritage Programming 2021
Posted on Sep 17, 2021
This fall Austin PBS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage with insightful documentaries that discuss both the struggles and successes within this diverse community. Tune in to Austin PBS this September and October to watch these stories.
Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words
Rudolfo Anaya was the first Hispanic American writer to achieve major publishing success with his landmark novel, Bless Me, Ultima, in print since 1972. Recipient of the National Medal for the Arts, Anaya has demonstrated a lifelong determination to persevere — through poverty, catastrophic injury and an almost insurmountable artistic struggle to publish — and in the end, succeed.
Friday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
American Masters: Raul Julia
Discover the life and career of Raul Julia, the charismatic, award-winning actor. Known for versatile roles on stage and screen, from Shakespearean plays to the The Addams Family, he helped pave the way for many Latino actors today.
Friday, September 17 at 8 p.m.
Through the palette of the Los Tejanos Art Exhibit, explore Cheech Marin's lifelong advocacy of the Chicano Art Movement and his journey to develop the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry. With an original score by Grammy Nominated musician El Dusty, this documentary takes a fascinating look at a national icon's love affair with art, and his incredible contribution to promote and preserve a vital part of American cultural identity.
Friday, September 17 at 9:30 p.m.
Pati's Mexican Table: Welcome to Guadalajara
Season 10 preimiere! Travel to Texas where immigrant construction workers are seeking justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. Across the Lone Star State, there is an unprecedented building boom, fueled by Latino laborers with little or no rights.
Saturday, September 18 at 1 p.m.
Overheard with Evan Smith
Alejandro Escovedo is a Mexican-American rock musician who talks with Evan about his decades long career and his latest album The Crossing which tells the tale of two boys, one from Mexico, one from Italy, who meet in Texas to chase their American rock and roll dreams.
Thursday, September 23 at 7:03 p.m.
POV: Fruits of Labor
Ashley, a Mexican American teenager, dreams of graduating high school and going to college. But when ICE raids threaten her family, Ashley is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company.
Monday, October 4 at 9 p.m.
American Masters: Rita Moreno — Just A Girl Who Decided to Go for It
Discover how Rita Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.
Tuesday, October 5 at 8 p.m.
Los Hermanos/The Brothers
Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers-violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo-live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. Featuring a genre-bending score composed by Cuban Aldo Lopez-Gavilan performed with his American brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet.
Friday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards 2021
Celebrate the recipients of the 34th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The evening includes performances and appearances by some of the country's most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries.
Friday, October 8 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, October 10 at 2 p.m.
*La Frontera with Pati Jinich: Miles From Nowhere*
Acclaimed chef and James Beard Award-winning host Pati Jinich travels from El Paso and Juarez to Big Bend National Park. She discovers the people, places and food — from burritos to Middle Eastern cuisine — that make this region unique.
Friday, October 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 17 at 1 p.m.
Voces on PBS: Letters to Eloisa
A haunting portrait of a writer's life and struggle for artistic freedom, meet Cuba's Jose Lezama Lima, an all but forgotten figure of the Latin American literary boom that included Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz and Mario Vargas Llosa.
Friday, October 15 at 9 p.m.
La Frontera with Pati Jinich: From Dos Laredos to Mars
Chef Pati Jinich travels from Laredo and Nuevo Laredo to Brownsville, Texas. She learns how tight-knit family bonds are an underlying theme connecting everything in the Laredos and throughout La Frontera.
Friday, October 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 24 at 1 p.m.
POV: Things We Dare Not Do
In the small Mexican coastal village of El Roblito, 16-year-old Ñoño lives what seems to be an idyllic existence with his loving family. But he holds a secret. Ñoño works up the courage to tell his family he wants to live his life as a woman, a fraught decision in a country shrouded in machismo and transphobia.
Monday, October 25 at 9 p.m.
Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan: Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association. In this episode, she sits down to talk about her life’s work and her ongoing activism.
Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.