Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated September 15 - October 15th this year with a month long focus on the history, heritage and cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latino American.
PBS is doing its part with special programming including 4 programs focusing on Latin music.
- Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads -This film is a heartfelt documentary full of family, tradition, struggle and, finally, success. It follows the three Garza brothers - Henry, Jojo and Ringo - from their roots in the San Angelo, TX barrio through the present day. The documentary is a story of a Mexican-American family that captured that elusive, American dream.
- La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul - La Lupe was known as the 'Queen of Latin Soul' and lived a turbulent life full of passion that is reflected in her music although those same emotions brought her trouble. Cuban criticism of her style led her to leave her country and move to New York but even her record label Fania eventually dropped her to concentrate on less controversial artists. This is an 'Independent Lens' documentary of her life.
- Companeras - Another 'Independent Lens' PBS documentary, Companeras chronicles the story of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the 1st all-female mariachi band striving to make it in a musical genre dominated by men.
- Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side) - Al Otro Lado is a film about illegal immigration and drug trafficking between the U.S & Mexico, but with a twist. The film chronicles the immigrants' saga via the corridos of Los Tigres del Norte and Chalino Sanchez. Sanchez began writing corridos while in prison, performed them after his release and was murdered in 1992, attaining legendary status and turning his own story into corrido fodder.